Christmas 2017 wasn’t my best Christmas. I did have a lovely time off work with family and pre-16 December I was having a jolly old time clinking glasses at parties and stuffing my face with festive treats. But then along came the flu. I honestly thought at one point I was at death’s door. Three weeks later and I’m still not fully recovered. Flu is no joke people, get a flu jab! Believe it or not but this post isn’t about flu, but just to point out how the festive season basically stopped for me from the 16th. All the festive bakes I had planned, all the Christmassy makes I wanted to do, just fell by the wayside in favour of my blanket, the sofa and Tipping Point on repeat. But I was determined to complete at least ONE thing I had planned which was my hand-lettered baubles. Time was of the essence to get these made as I wanted to take some pics of them hanging on the tree and as that little beauty will be coming down in the next couple of days I had to get onto it pronto! So tonight when I got home from work, I dug my trusty sharpie out and opened the box of baubles which have been in the dining room for the last month and got cracking (not literally obvs, they’re ceramic!).
I picked up some amazingly cheap ceramic baubles from Aldi for just £1.99, which were made even better by the fact 100% of the profits going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
This is what the baubles looked like straight out of the box.
The silver string was included with the baubles.
The kit also came with some crafty bits like glitter and paints to decorate them with but I wanted to keep them simple and used Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration on classy lettered baubles.
I do have some practice with different kinds of lettering so I freehand wrote on the messages with my sharpie by doing ‘faux’ calligraphy, which is writing the letters as you would normally and then going back over it thickening the downstrokes to make it look like you used a proper calligraphy pen.
And this is what I ended up with:
The husband was upstairs whilst I was making them and when he came down and saw them all finished back in the box he asked why I’d bought baubles in January – he thought I’d bought them from a professional!
For the cost and effort of these baubles, I’m really proud of how well they turned out. They look really pretty on the tree and they would also make lovely gifts. I’m going to try and find some more for next Christmas so I can make more for friends and family.