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Personalised baubles: make them for under £5

Baubles on a Christmas tree.

I love Christmas, it’s my favourite time of year and I think it’s the perfect time to make a special gift to pass onto a loved one. I decided to make personalised baubles for my son to give to all the special people in his life. They went down a storm and they cost less than £5 each.

Why a bauble?

I think that choosing a Christmas gift can be tricky and in all honesty, there’s nothing that I could buy my dad or my brother, that they probably haven’t already bought for themselves. 

I’m not the craftiest person ever, but I thought that I could manage to make a Christmas bauble fairly easily.

Special memories

I was making them as a gift from my son, to the people that love him, to mark his first Christmas, so I decided to add pictures to my personalised baubles. We’d made more of an effort as a family to take pictures since Arthur’s birth, mainly because we wanted to mark all of his firsts, so I had plenty of material to work with.

How did you do it?

I bought a pack of empty photograph baubles. They’re quite widely available, but if you’re reading this from 1 November onwards, then I would recommend that you snap them up as soon as you see them. I ran out during December and when I tried to buy an extra pack, I struggled to find them anywhere. 

I then got to work at choosing images. This was a little tricky, as I had to make sure that the images in question would fit into the bauble. With this in mind, I printed a selection of images and decided to choose the ones that would look the best within the bauble. 

As well as picking out pictures of Arthur with special relatives, I also marked certain milestones. I decided to create a bauble for our tree to mark Arthur’s visits to both John O’Groats and Land’s End.

Decorating the decoration

I wanted to add some sparkle to the baubles so I added some glitter to each one. I’d advise you to ensure that the glitter you choose isn’t too fine or iridescent. If you go for this type of glitter then it will cling to your picture and it could fall out of the bottom of the bauble. I had fine glitter within some of my baubles and I had to put some tape over the bottom to stop the glitter from escaping. This wasn’t ideal, but it didn’t spoil the overall look. I’d advise you to go for chunkier, Christmas-themed glitter though.

It’s all in the packaging

As I was creating these baubles as gifts, I decided to place each one into its own bauble box. These are really easy to pick up. I purchased mine on Amazon.

I think that putting the bauble in a box is a lovely touch. It also means that the recipient can pack it away once the Christmas decorations come down. 

The image shows somebody holding a bauble with a picture of a little girl and a baby in it. Over the image, the text reads: 'hacks: make personalised Christmas baubles for less than £5'.

Is it worth it?

I think that personalised baubles make for wonderful Christmas gifts. I’d recommend this Christmas craft to all, because a bauble is a very simple to put together. If you’re looking for a unique gift idea, that will come in at less than £5, then you should consider making one. You could also make your own snow globe and a personalised Christmas card to go alongside it!

If you enjoyed this article then check out my other festive hacks.

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