Your children love holiday season as much as preparations that keep them waiting until D-Day. But you still have to offer them do it yourself that suit them; in other words, neither too long nor too complicated! Smile, we've found the creative idea you've been waiting for: a large Christmas ball that will save you from taking out the armada of garlands and hanging lights. A tutorial which is ideally suited for children from 8 years old.
- One or more paper shades - A can of golden paint - The template of your choice (or cardboard, pencil and scissors) - A spool of white or golden wire - Newsprint
On the hardware side, it could hardly be simpler. You will find Japanese paper suspensions in all the large Ikea type decoration chains. Count between 1.50 and 4 euros for a coin. The spray can of golden paint at this time of the year is a must in creative hobby shops. As for the thread spool, it is only there if you want to hang your paper ball. Budget: 10 euros Duration: 30 minutes
1. Start by protecting your workspace. If you are lucky enough to have a balcony or a garden it is even better! Otherwise, ventilate the room because the smell of the bomb is strong enough. Do not forget before starting to slide the frame of the suspension inside to keep the Japanese ball open.
2. Place your template on the paper ball. We admit, we were a little lazy and we opted for a model of stars sold in stores. But you can very well make your own, in the shape you want; provided you opt for a fairly thick cardboard that will support the application of your spray paint without curling or tearing.
3. Now is the time to apply spray paint. The right technique? Position yourself about ten centimeters from the suspension so that the paint does not accumulate or you spray the rest of the paper. Wipe the tip of your spray can regularly if there is a build-up of paint.
4. Repeat the operation as many times as you want. You can also have fun varying shapes and sizes using multiple templates.
5. Your large Christmas ball is finished! Given the speed of the realization, why not create a second one? This time it's even simpler and faster: use the spray paint to spray only part of the suspension. Be careful not to put too much emphasis on the very thin paper which could tear.
6. Let your paper balls dry for an hour or so while waiting patiently!
It remains only to find a place for your Christmas paper balls. To change the traditional decor, innovate by simply placing them on the floor, on a bench or on a piece of furniture like a row. You can also hang them together for a modern decor full of excess!
Our advice: vary! If this type of creation appeals to the whole family, why not continue your momentum by changing the technique? You can for example glue round and golden stickers on the paper ball or surround with a braid in glittery or golden fabric your Japanese ball. In short, dare and have fun! Did you like this tutorial? Send us photos of your great Christmas lights via our Facebook page, and find more ideas on our Pinterest!