How to make Victorian Style Decoupage Christmas Baubles

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Decoupaged Baubles

Decoupage is a paper craft that was very popular in the Victorian era involving the application of printed papers onto objects such as boxes, scrapbooks and screens.

In tribute to the Victorians love of this craft and their even greater love of Christmas, I’ve brought the two together in Decoupaged Christmas Baubles. For my baubles, I have used polystyrene balls and printed Christmas patterns onto thin printer paper on a household inkjet printer. But you can re-use old baubles and wrapping paper. Having torn up your printed papers into smallish pieces, spear the polyball with a skewer and liberally apply some Mod Podge or decoupage glue to an area of it.

Scraps of printed paper and Mod Podge Decoupage Glue and Finish

Start adding the papers, applying more Mod Podge to the surface of the paper so that it becomes more malleable and can be creased and smoothed down onto the sphere. Once covered, apply more Mod Podge or varnish to seal.

A Victorian Christmas look

Thread some ribbon through the skewered hole and suspend from your tree!