Get Crafting – Scalloped Paper Baubles

Great last minute gift ideas and to help keep young children happy over the holidays.

Scalloped Paper Baubles are a nice variation on traditional Christmas decorations. These paper baubles look so pretty and add the Christmas magic to any room you hang them in.

You’ll need

Selection of papers and/or card
Medium circle punch
70mm polystyrene balls
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Narrow ribbon
Dressmaking pins


1 Using the circle punch, punch out a series of circles from your card or paper. You will need quite a few to cover this size bauble.

2 Begin assembling your bauble from the bottom up. Stick one circle flat down on the centre of the bottom of your polystyrene ball, using your glue gun. Take care not to burn your hands doing this, as the paper/card gets very hot from the glue.

3 Begin sticking more circles in a row, around the edge of the first circle. Try to keep the glue on the top half of the circle, so that the bottom sticks out a little like a pine cone. Make sure to overlap the circles a little to cover any joins.

4 Continue step 3, working your way up the polystyrene ball. Make sure you place the circles slightly overlapping the top of the last row you have done, so that you can’t see any of the polystyrene showing through. You will need to do 5-6 rows.

5 When you get to towards the top of your bauble, about 2 rows away from the top, stick another circle flat on the top, as you did on the bottom.

6 Continue with your last rows, making sure the top one overlaps both the row beneath it and the circle on the top.

7 To finish, cut a length of ribbon, make a loop and pin the ends into the top of the bauble.

Suitable for beginners

Time to make
20-30 minutes per bauble

Read more craft ideas like this on the HobbyCraft website.

Karlie Simmonds

Karlie has worked in Digital Media for over 10 years, she is passionate about health and wellbeing and lives in Edinburgh with her partner, children, and Pug, Poppy.