Christmas Kids Craft: Super Easy Baubles

Looking for something to do with the kids during the festive break? How about some Christmas craft and get them to whip up some decorations for next year with this super easy set of bauble designs?

I guarantee you, these designs are really easy to recreate, I know this because I’ve road-tested them with the most discerning and special of audiences.

Last week, for the second year in a row, I had the privilege in taking part in the Great Ormond Street Children’s Christmas Party along with my friends at Uni-ball.

My brief was to give the children (patients and their siblings) plus their parents or carers (and any passing celebrities) a project they could do with Posca marker pens that they can take away as a keepsake of the event.We needed something cheap, relatively quick and accessible to all. I had to use my skills to think of a project that could be taken away without fear of breakage (this is a very special party for the families and, although we needed it to be affordable as we were doing two parties a day and entertaining a lot of children, we wanted to give them something that could be easily taken home and treasured).

I came up with a wooden bauble craft project idea as Poscas work really well on wood. Not only could the bauble be slipped into a bag without creating too much bulk or wrapping up but I also thought about it becoming a family treasure, you know part of that much loved box of Christmas decorations that come out every year.

This was not the time to show-off my drawing abilities. I didn’t want anyone to walk away from my table feeling they couldn’t make something lovely. While everyone was free to scribble, daub and scrawl and generally do their own thing on the shapes if they wished, I also created some easy to copy festive designs (you know the kind of thing, Christmas puddings, reindeers, glam penguins, fat robins, snowmen, Santa and the odd fox). Look closely and you’ll see all of these bauble motifs are just made up of very simple shapes, lines, dots and colours, and all of them can be completed in three, sometimes four, very easy stages (great for impatient little and big ones).

What’s great is that my plan worked, it was a joy to see tiny hands create these designs with ease (they were sometimes better than my originals) and a delight to see joyous faces (young and ‘older’) so clearly pleased with their illustrative accomplishment.

If you fancy trying these out then you can get packs of the wooden baubles at Amazon and a bumper set of Posca pens at Cult pens.

Four Fab Christmas Trends

From House of Fraser
From House of Fraser

Now it’s November I think it’s fair enough to talk about Christmas, isn’t it? Over the coming weeks I’ll be looking at festive ideas so that Ella’s place will be the coolest venue for yuletide food, drink, gifts and decoration inspiration – so watch this space.

As a journalist I’m very lucky to get an early insight into the trends for the upcoming festive season. It’s part of my job to visit trade shows and talk with my colleagues of what’s hot and what’s not for 2015. I’ve really enjoyed putting the festive issues of my magazines together and if you want some immediate crafty projects and ideas – head here and here.

If you’re stuck for what look to go for this Christmas (you’ve still got time to stock up with some yuletide updates for the big day) then this round-up of the year’s top trends should help.

Vintage trad
I love a bit of nostalgia at Christmas and the high street has really appealed to our love for yuletides past this year. This look reminds me of when my mum would get the decoration box out and my sister and I would busily get on creating the most stylishly decked-out tree. We were both very particular about the tree and the overall festive scheme. We were also as one on it: we didn’t want classy or cool, we didn’t want restrained, we wanted red, white and fir-tree greens, and we were all about santas, bells, robins, puddings, snowflakes and snowmen. This trend is perfect for this and I know me and my and sis would have been all over this lot when we were kids.

From BHS
From BHS
From Sainsbury's
From Sainsbury’s
From House of Fraser
From House of Fraser
From Homebase
From Homebase
From Tesco
From Tesco
From Jan Constantine
From Jan Constantine

Luxury lodge
If I’m being honest, this trend is really for my fantasy grown-up home. I should explain… When I was a teenager I watched a lot of TV and I always thought that when I reached a ‘certain age’ I’d be living in house with white furniture, bleached and shiny surfaces, sumptuous soft furnishings in a palette of greys and alabaster, pale flowers in the hallway and soothing classical music playing practically all time. I would also wear crisp, expensive shirts. Anyway, while Ella’s place really isn’t like that (those shirts are a pain to iron),  I do love the mix of textures this look combines and the lovely natural touches with the incorporation of foliage and woodland elements – these all work together to create a cool wintery feel without being too clinical or cold. It’s really lovely.

From Amara
From Amara
From BHS
From BHS
From Houseology
From Houseology
From Homebase
From Homebase
From Amara
From Amara
From Sainsbury's
From Sainsbury’s

Glam metallics
If there’s one key trend for winter 2015/2016 it’s copper and gold. I’ve seen these metallics teamed with navy blue, teal, deep green and almost every shade of grey. I love this look – to me it evokes a sense of old-school glamour and adds an opulent finish to those festive arrangements. It’s also super adaptable; complementing a lot of different interior styles, you can just have small touches, with baubles and little accessories, or you can go all out with lampshades, cushions and crockery for the ultimate foxy looking display that is bang on the money.

From Marks and Spencer
From Marks and Spencer
From The Contemporary Home
From The Contemporary Home
From Next
From Next
From Lime Lace
From Lime Lace
From Marquis & Dawe
From Marquis & Dawe
From House of Fraser
From House of Fraser

Elegant brights
Seeing as it’s Christmas you can indulge your playful side. That’s why it’s great to go for bright colours and quirky designs – after all it is a celebration. The collection shown below illustrates that you don’t have to go for traditional festive motifs or tacky glitz to have a bit of fun with your decorations. In fact you can put together a classy look with nods to contemporary design that will still make people smile and get into the festive spirit.

From Marks and Spencer
From Marks and Spencer
From Acorn and Will
From Acorn and Will
From Tescos
From Tesco
From The Contemporary Home
From The Contemporary Home
From Rigby and Mac
From Rigby and Mac
From Oliver Bonas
From Oliver Bonas