message in a bauble

December 23, 2011  in diy craft projects, homemade

photo by Uli Schade

As Christmas is almost upon us I wanted to share the last few photographs of my collaboration with photographer Uli Schade. This is another simple idea to update plain glass baubles.

photo by Uli Schade

We finely shredded pages from an old book using a guillotine to cut between the lines of printed text, creating slivers of paper that we simply coiled into the baubles after removing the top. You could use scissors or a craft knife with a metal ruler on a cutting board to cut strips too and tweezers can help position them within the bauble. If you don’t have an old book then you could photocopy or print out your favourite carol or a passage from a Christmas-themed story book instead.

photo by Uli Schade

I also collected a few natural objects from the woodland floor on a walk with my family: pine cones, acorns and dried leaves that I sprayed a matt off white colour as additional festive decorations.

Wrapping gifts in a creative way makes a gift feel extra special for the lucky recipient and will look wonderful on display in your home until to is time to give the gift. Beautiful old metal cake tins like this one make wonderful, unique boxes for gifts with their tarnished silver patina. Keep an eye out for them at flea markets and car boot sales.

photo by Uli Schade

First I wrapped around the box with cotton ribbon.  I then wrapped a twig in strips of Liberty fabric, attached with double sided tape. Beads were glued in place and stitched on like berries. Japanese paper was cut into leaf shapes and folded to imitate the texture of real leaves and a sprayed leaf was added too.

photo by Uli Schade

And that just about wraps up my creative Christmas collaboration with Uli Schade. We hope you like the ideas and the photographs and have fun making this holiday season.


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  1. It was a wonderful delight to follow these great ideas and beautiful photos !
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Kinga says:

    I so LOVE this! What a great idea…I think I may have to give it a try! Best wishes and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. Theresa says:

    I have been enjoying all of your holiday inspiration! Not only are the craft ideas brilliant, your styling and (Uli Schade’s) photography are so beautiful. This collaboration was a very good one. Thank you for all the inspiration, Sania! Happiest of holidays to you.

  4. Inge says:

    I enjoyed every single post and photo! Thank you for the inspiring pictures and words…
    Have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful Holidays!
    Love, Inge x

  5. Who wouldn’t want to get a gift wrapped like that? So beautiful. The ornaments would be amazing to make!! Next year 🙂

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  6. Sania Pell says:

    Thank you everyone. We’re glad you liked them and hope you all had happy holidays! x

  7. Chrystina says:

    Everybody has really kicked their gift wrapping up a notch this year, I’m so impressed! I would definitely open it slowly and save every piece of wrapping if it were mine. Great work!! I love the colors!

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. 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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