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December 14, 2011  in diy craft projects, interior styling

sania pell christmas baubles

Why not decorate your tree decorations as well as your tree this Christmas? Here are a few simple ideas to embellish plain plastic and clear glass baubles and give them a new unique look. None take much time or effort and only use small amounts of paint and materials. You can tailor them to your festive colour scheme and they can make all the difference to the look of your tree and home.

sania pell christmas baubles

I had some plain plastic baubles left over from a Christmas photo shoot I worked on and thought they would be perfect for personalising. I rummaged through the shed at the back of my garden and pulled out a variety of Fired EarthFarrow & Ball and Dulux pots of paint in greenish shades along with some olive Montana Gold spray paint. Each bauble was balanced in an eggcup and painted with a flat, soft, artist’s brush, turned when dry and painted with several coats until fully covered. Other baubles were sprayed in the garden on old newspaper weighed down with stones. For an added colour pop I removed the metal tops on some and sprayed them in flouro pink to add a vivid contrast. I swapped the different coloured tops around to make the baubles more interesting and then threaded through homemade ties cut from Liberty print, suede and plain fabrics cut in strips as ties.

sania pell christmas baubles

Clear glass baubles can be bought inexpensively in a variety of sizes, these ones are from Paperchase. The metal hanging loops can be removed by gently squeezing the looped wire at the top. Doing this allows you to add paint of your choice inside the glass. We used a pipette to add emulsion (latex) paint and left it with the top off to dry thoroughly. I also painted and sprayed leaves, picked from my garden (waxy leaves worked best) as well as wrapping twigs in fabric too.

sania pell christmas baubles

These images are from another collaboration with photographer Uli Schade. After working together on the sugar/spice shoot we were buzzing with ideas and wanted to look at something festive but with a twist and away from the traditional.

I will be posting more images and ideas from our story over the next few days.

 

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24 Comments

  1. Eddie says:

    Wonderful ideas, beautifully photographed.

    We’ll be trying these at home.

  2. Kate says:

    What a beautiful inspirational project…Sania you never fail to bring a smile to my face and make we want to start creating immediately. In fact at almost 11.30pm after giving my little one his last bottle, instead of going to bed I have got out my gocco printer and some fluro pink printing ink and am having a play! Thank you…

  3. Ciara says:

    Love this idea! Especially as it’s so hard to find decorations in certain colours!

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  5. elisa says:

    fabulous, i love the painterly qualities. x

  6. That looks amazing! Love the colours together! x

  7. jana says:

    I like your work with colors! And have to send you one big compliment! Since I am following your blog, even it is just few weeks … you teach me to like “barbie pink” as u use this color so perfect way! and believe me, it is not easy ever to turn me totally as u did! this post is another excellent example. I like all greys and greens and vintage textiles together and you show me how perfect and finally complete it is with this dramatic color. like cherry on the top of cake! thanks 🙂

  8. Constança says:

    This is absolutely brilliant, Sania! I love your fresh take on things, you’re very talented!

  9. Gill says:

    Sania loved your ideas reminded me of when my daughter was young, making my own baubles with sequins and dressmaker pins in oasis balls from the florist.

  10. Super cute! Love how the pink pop-effect!! Good work…

  11. Niki says:

    What a stunning idea! Long live neon 🙂

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  13. Hi Sania, this sequence of pictures is really good. I love the colour combination and fluo pink used as spot colour. Really special and definitely to be tried 🙂

  14. geisslein says:

    oh I SO MUCH LOVE these colors 🙂

  15. Love these ideas, I recently did something similar with old lightbulbs…

  16. Ellery says:

    I love, love, LOVE the colors! They are perfect to keep all year long. Keep a little shrub in your house or on your porch and decorate it all year for holidays.

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a contributing stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for 16 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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