Easy DIY beaded Christmas baubles

Baubles suspended on a small branch | How to make bead string baubles | Tesco Living

We challenged a crafts blogger to upcycle string and beads into a stunning frost-effect bauble.

Crafts blogger Torie Jayne from TorieJayne.com came up with a frosty twist on our handmade Christmas string ornament using coloured thread, mixed beads and glitter. Here’s her step-by-step tutorial.

You will need

  • Balloons
  • Thread – white, pale blue, pale green
  • Beads – white, turquoise and mint green
  • Bowl
  • 50:50 mix of PVA glue and water
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
Craft supplies on a table | How to make bead string baubles | Tesco Living

Step 1

Blow up the balloon to the desired bauble size and tie a knot. To achieve a nice round shape try blowing up the balloon to full size and slowly deflate.

Inflated silver balloon | How to make bead string baubles | Tesco Living

Step 2

Thread some beads onto thread. Try alternating different colours and shapes so it is evenly spaced out.

Craft supplies on a table | How to make bead string baubles | Tesco Living

Step 3

Begin by tying the thread to the top of the balloon to secure. Then wrap the thread around the balloon pushing the beads down the thread and spacing them evenly over the balloon. Leave enough thread at the top to loop and tie off at the end.

Beaded string wrapped around inflated balloon | How to make bead string baubles | Tesco Living

Step 4

Make a 50:50 mix of PVA glue and water in a bowl, mix well. Paint the glue mixture onto the balloon until it’s completely covered.

String bauble painted with glue | How to make bead string baubles | Tesco Living

Step 5

Sprinkle translucent glitter all over the string balloon and hang up using clothes peg, ensuring you leave some foil or cling film below to catch the drips of watery glue. Leave to dry for 24 hours.

String bauble covered in glitter | How to make bead string baubles | Tesco Living

Step 6

Once fully dry, carefully pop the balloon and remove it from a gap in the thread. Tweezers work brilliantly for this.

Balloon removed from a string bauble | How to make bead string baubles | Tesco Living

Step 7

Using the excess thread, tie a loop and hang from your Christmas tree or statement branches.

Baubles suspended on a small branch | How to make bead string baubles | Tesco Living

TIP: Try making an icicle shape using a carrot wrapped in cling film as the base. Wrap string around in a circular motion from the bottom, up. Once the glue is dry, just slide the carrot out from the top.

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