Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Decoupage Retro Papier Mâché Baubles

      I found this uniquely shaped, six sided ornament at a hobby shop on an after Christmas sale one year. I decided to use pages from an old sampler gift wrap book to decoupage each side of my ornament. You can also cover papier-mâché baubles such as this one with recycled Christmas cards, wallpapers, scrapbook papers or even photographs if you would prefer these to my own idea.

Supply List:
  • Mod Podge
  • soft brush
  • white school glue
  • a hexagon shaped papier-mâché bauble
  • retro/vintage wrapping papers
  • sheet of white typing paper
  • scissors
  • pencil 
7 Easy Step-by-Step Directions:
  1. Select the papers you wish to decoupage your prefabricated papier-mâché bauble with. I chose some original vintage/retro Christmas gift wrap from an old sampler book I had on hand.
  2. Use scratch paper, preferably white, to make a template from your six sided bauble.
  3. Press the paper firmly against the edges of one side of your papier-mâché bauble in order to capture a "creased" template for your ornament.
  4. Now use a pencil to trace a pattern where ever the creases have been made from the original papier-mâché form.
  5. Cut out the template and hold it up to the ornament making slight alterations to the template where ever you need them. 
  6. Place the template on top of your fancy papers and trace around it. Cut the first three shapes slightly larger than the second set of three so that no imperfections in your template will be noticeable as you glue the shapes to cover the sides of your hexagon ornament. Decoupage three sides first leaving every other side blank. Let these sides dry.
  7. Decoupage the last three sides and cover the finished ornament with a final coat of Mod Podge.
More Decoupage Christmas Ornaments:
Detailed photographs of my retro papier-mâché bauble.

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