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Royal Christmas - DIY Christmas balls

Royal Christmas - DIY Christmas balls
45 min Easy

Want to decorate your Christmas tree with some very special baubles this year?
These FIMO soft XMAS baubles make the perfect ornaments. They come in three different styles and are just the accessories to give your Christmas that touch of style.

Step-by-step tutorial

Shape the kitchen foil into an even ball and compress it with circular hand movements.

Cut off 4 portions of FIMO soft calypso blue using the blade, knead with your hands until soft and roll out into a sheet about 0.5 cm thick using the acrylic roller.

Tip: Work in progress and left-over material should be protected against sun and heat and can be stored in a screw-top jar or in cling film to protect it from dust and dirt.

Style 1 – HO HO HO baubles

Cover the foil ball with the FIMO soft sheet and use the modelling tool to smooth the joins.

Cut off 1 portion of FIMO effect gold using the blade, knead with your hands until soft and roll out into a sheet about 1cm thick using the acrylic roller.

Then place a layer of FIMO leaf metal on the sheet, roll over it carefully with the acrylic roller to fix and cut out various letters – e.g. HO – using the cutters. Pick up the letters with the blade, place them on the ball and press down gently.

Make a little crown from the rest of the gold FIMO, to push the hanger into. Your bauble is now ready to harden in the oven.

Style 2 - bauble with gold leaf snippets

Place snippets of FIMO leaf metal on the sheet of FIMO soft you have rolled out, roll over to fix and then cover your bauble as for style 1.

Style 3 – string-effect bauble

Lay FIMO leaf metal on the sheet of FIMO soft you have rolled out and carefully roll over to fix.
Use the empty FIMO clay extruder to punch out circles and pile them up to form a tower.
Your tower should be no taller than half the height of the FIMO clay extruder.

Roll the tower of circles gently forwards and backwards to form a single, slightly thinner tube, and fit into the clay extruder.

Assemble the clay extruder and turn the handle to produce strings. The 6-hole motif disc will create a big enough “batch” of string to create one bauble.
Bend a hanger and push into the top of the foil ball. Starting from the hanger, wind the strings around the ball.
Start a new string whenever you reach the end of the previous one.
Press down the last string lightly. Place your bauble together with the others on a baking sheet covered with baking paper and harden in the oven for 30 minutes at 110° C / 230° F.

And you‘re done!

Material overview

What you need

ProductArticle no.Quantity
FIMO® 8781 Leaf metal - Single product Leaf metal, gold 8781-11 1
FIMO® 8700 04 Blades - Blistercard with mixed blade set, 3 pieces (1 rigid, 1 flexible and 1 serrated blade), 2 rubber grips 8700 04 1
FIMO® 8700 05 Acrylic roller - Blistercard containing an Acrylic roller 8700 05 1
FIMO® 8711 Modelling tools - Wallet containing 4 different modelling tools 8711 1

Additionally required:

kitchen foil, letter-shaped biscuit cutters, approx. 2.5 cm, metal hangers for Christmas baubles (or paper clips)

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