Welcome to my first Instructable. I'll be showing you how to make some great looking Christmas Baubles that will last. They make a great group project (all the more to decorate the tree!) so get your little elves in a production line and get cracking!

Polystyrene Balls - This instructable uses balls of 50mm but the size is all up to you!
Bamboo Skewers - To keep your baubles from rolling away and making a mess.
Tissue Paper - I used mostly red and green, my local craft shop sold them in A3 sizes and I have plenty left over from a batch of 40
Hanging Pins - I bought these from www.craftmill.co.uk, you could use bendy wire but these make the baubles look much better.
Jingle bells - optional but I've used them to decorate this batch.
Ribbon - Again your choice, mine is about 10mm wide.
PVA Glue - Watered down to about 1:1 this keeps the tissue paper looking matt not shiney when you finish. It also helps flatten the paper better!
UHU - Or equivalent, to stick your ribbons on with.

Packaging - Optional
Card Stock - Any colour, you can get two box bases to an A4 sheet
A4 Clear Acetate - This is the lid of the box, you will need one sheet of A4 per box, unless your printer wont crop it.
Inkjet Printer - Well its quicker than pencil and a ruler, but I guess that works too.

Step 1: Bauble Tree

So you've got your material and you've got your elves. Time to water down that glue and get cracking. Elf #1 needs to take the tissue paper and rip it into small pieces about 2cm square ish. Neatness is not required here to rip away to your heart's content, don't use scissors! The edges won't be hidden when you coat the balls.

So Elf#1 is busy, Elf#2 needs to start skewering your baubles to be onto the bamboo sticks so you can have a better grip on your work. Grab yourself an empty glass to rest them in. With your glue and a paintbrush its time to get Elf#3 working. Coat your baubles in the ripped up tissue paper coating the whole thing. Use the glass to let them dry. When you've done as Elf labour laws will allow, get the kettle on and watch them clear up while the glue dries.
These are really cute. Where do you get polystyrene balls?
Ebay is your friend, I got these in two packs of 40 for only a few quid. If you want to make singular ones any craft shop should carry them.

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