Sizzix Felt Bauble – As seen on Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas!

image-07-12-2016-at-15-05dscf7048dscf7019I had an idea pop into my head to make a bauble using a rainbow of felt colours, using small circles overlapped to create a scalloped effect. But cutting out all those felt circles? Hmm wasn’t really up for that. Which is where the Sizzix Big Shot steps in!

What you will need to make 1 large and 1 small bauble:

  • 1 x 7 cm polystyrene ball
  • 1 x 10cm polystyrene ball
  • Felt in various colours including some glitter felt
  • String
  • Long length dolls needle
  • PVA glue

I used the Big Shot circles die (1 & 1 1/2 inch) to cut out 75 circles for each bauble. You can cut about 4 sheets of felt out with each cut. It’s really easy to use and there were loads of other dies i want to try.

I used the smaller circles for the 7cm ball and the larger ones for the 10cm ball. These pictures show me making the 7cm bauble. Start off by threading your string through the polystyrene ball with the dolls needle. Thread it through the eye of the needle, double thickness to create the loop once its through the ball then tie a knot to secure it at the bottom of the bauble. Snip off the loose end.

Start glueing your felt circles onto the ball with PVA, with the first circle covering the knotted string at the bottom of the ball. Then start your first ring of circles. You want to cover about a quarter of the circle adjacent to the last. You can balance the ball on a glass or cup to keep it steady.

Be careful with the glitter felt, the kind I used was quite stiff, and didn’t sit on the curve of the ball as well as the normal felt. So I just used the glitter felt sparingly, maybe 6 or 7 glitter circles on each ball. You might feel like it’s not very secure but you can glue it in to place with the next layer of circles that you glue on.

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Now just keep going with the next layer of circles. Overlay them over about a third of the circle below. Keep going with each layer until you get near the top.

You may need to adjust your measurements when you get to the top and place the circles closer together to ensure you encircle the string at the top. Once you’ve finished, the bauble will take at least 24 hours to dry out.

I got quite addicted to making these and the beauty is, they are christmassy but not so christmassy that you can’t have them out all year round! I’ve got lots of felt circles left over so am thinking about another use for them so watch this space.

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