Liberty print baubles

Any sort of post that involves a big old pile of Liberty print, is my favourite kind of post. I actually did this project last year and it featured elsewhere so I wanted to share it here today.

If you are the kind of person who likes a handmade feel to your Christmas tree, then these baubles are perfect for you and they are quick and easy to do, without too many complicated materials. I made this set for my sister, Juliette, as we have a tradition to give each other a new bauble each year.

Liberty print baubles | Decoupage wooden cut outs to make tree baubles | Apartment Apothecary

You will need:

Wooden cutouts

Wrapping paper, wall paper or fabric

Pencil and scissors

PVA glue, water and paint brush

Varnish

Ribbon

Liberty print baubles | Decoupage wooden cut outs to make tree baubles | Apartment Apothecary

Using fabric is probably the easiest option as it doesn’t wrinkle as much as paper.

Liberty print baubles | Decoupage wooden cut outs to make tree baubles | Apartment Apothecary

I used some of my Liberty print wrapping paper, which I can never bring myself to wrap presents in.

Tutorial:

Liberty print baubles | Decoupage wooden cut outs to make tree baubles | Apartment Apothecary

1. Draw round your wooden cutout – the back and front – onto the wrapping paper. Cut out the shapes, slightly within the lines so the paper doesn’t over-hang the wood cut-out.

Liberty print baubles | Decoupage wooden cut outs to make tree baubles | Apartment Apothecary

2. Mix one part of PVA glue with one part water. Paint this onto one side of the wooden cutout and stick the paper/fabric onto it. Allow to dry and then repeat the process on the other side of the shape.

Liberty print baubles | Decoupage wooden cut outs to make tree baubles | Apartment Apothecary

3. Use the glue and water mixture to paint over the paper/fabric. Whilst it’s wet poke out the hole of the wood cut-out with a pencil (if you are using fabric you will need to cut this out). Allow to dry and then repeat the process on the other side of the shape.

Liberty print baubles | Decoupage wooden cut outs to make tree baubles | Apartment Apothecary

4. Paint on at least three thin layers of varnish on both sides of the wooden cutout allowing to dry in between coats.

Liberty print baubles | Decoupage wooden cut outs to make tree baubles | Apartment Apothecary

Liberty print baubles | Decoupage wooden cut outs to make tree baubles | Apartment Apothecary

All that’s left is to hang them on your tree!

What are you making this Christmas? If you want any more inspiration with how to use Liberty print fabric, then pop over to the Crafting the Seasons Pinterest board to check out the projects that were made during our craft party there last month – more will be added throughout the month.

Katy x

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6 Comments

  1. helen 12th December 2014 / 12:11 pm

    These are really lovely… what a gorgeous idea!

    • katy 15th December 2014 / 4:06 pm

      Thank you so much, Helen! X

  2. Kate 12th December 2014 / 1:26 pm

    These are gorgeous Katy! I keep seeing Liberty print about today – I think I’m going to have to get some as it’s so gorgeous. The only problem is I think I would struggle to pick! x

    • katy 15th December 2014 / 4:05 pm

      Oh my gosh, tell me about it! It can take me hours to decide which prints to use! x

    • katy 15th December 2014 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you for the lovely mention! x

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