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Ever since I moved out of my parents’ home, I have been making my own Christmas decorations. There was the Christmas tree with marshmallows as baubles (which slowly but surely sagged into the needles – impossible to get them off again to eat them), the cut-paper snow flakes on the window, the knitted Christmas stockings, and the felt stars with embroidered snow flakes.

This year I will NOT be knitting Christmas baubles, however many friends are expecting me to. Perhaps I have a contrary streak in me? Instead, I’ll be fashioning my decorations from these gorgeous sheets of paper:

I started with this beautiful silver print paper, which I think will make very festive Christmas baubles:

I cut the large sheets (I think they are about 50x70cm) into squares, and then did some clever origami folding and turned them into ‘balloons’. There are plenty of on-line tutorials to be found, here’s one that takes you through all the steps in great detail.

I have made many of these balloons ever since I was a kid, and it still feels a like a little magic how a square of paper can be folded and blown up to turn it into a balloon, just like turning a heel on a sock still delights me. In order to be able to hang them up, I tied a cocktail stick to a piece of ribbon and inserted this through the little hole and then tied the two tails into a bow.

What a beautiful cluster of baubles!

Keep an eye out for the next few posts to see what else I have made. What Christmas decorations have you made this year?

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