It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that I am ornament-crazy when it comes to Christmas time! 2020 has been been no exception – in fact, in anything, it has PROVEN the rule itself. I have brought more ornaments this year than any other year combined.
THEN I started thinking of all the other possible ways to use these adorable little decor pieces and thus, this list of 15 creative things to do with mini baubles was made!
Plus, in case you’re like me and just want to wear them because they’re super cute (and they come in a million colours so you can match them with any outfit) I have also included in this post the instructions on how to use these for charm bracelets, earrings, and necklaces! You’re welcome 😉
Now, head on down to the list and tell me what YOUR favourite idea is – or let me know if you have a super fun idea that I haven’t listed!
#2: BALLOON WEIGHTS
(This link isn’t for a bauble-themed DIY balloon weight, but I’m sure you guys could figure out how to adapt the tutorial for your baubles!)
Just use some of the methods from the below tutorial to attach the bauble to the keychains you already use! It may be easier to keep the string on in this case.
#4: CHARM BRACELET
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How to make a mini bauble charm bracelet:
YOU WILL NEED:
1. Lay down one chain with a clasp and one extension chain on your table.
2. Open up the end ring of one of the chains with your pliers and/or tweezers (I find it easiest to use two at a time, but everyone’s different!), link it through the last ring of the other chain, then close it. If it’s still too small to fit loosely around your wrist, continue to add more extension chains using the same method until it does.
3. Get 5 or so mini baubles ready to place on your charm bracelet. Rule your charm bracelet and figure out how much distance needs to be between each bauble for them to be equally apart from each other KEEPING IN MIND that you can’t put one at each end as they’ll end up right next to each other when you put the bracelet on. My baubles range from 2-2.5cm away from each other!
4. Once you’ve decided how many baubles you want on your bracelet – and how far apart they will be – get two jump rings per bauble ready. Cut the string off of each bauble you will be using. Use your tweezers/pliers and place one jump ring around the area where that string used to be, then close that jump ring.
5. Working on ONE bauble at a time, open up another jump ring, thread that through the jump ring that is on the bauble, then on the place on the charm bracelet that you have allotted for that bauble. Repeat this step for the remaining baubles.
6. Try the bracelet on to ensure that it fits, and if it’s a little tight, you can always add a little more to the bracelet by adding some more jump rings near the clasp to loosen it. Once it fits comfortably, you’re done! ✨
#6: CLOCK PIECES
Just swap out the figures for baubles!
#7: HAIR CLIPS
Find some regular hair clips, dab some strong adhesive on the end of them, and hold the baubles on the glue until it sets! Now you’ve got a super cute Christmas accessory that will *also* keep your hair out of the way whilst you’re eating 🙌
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How to make mini bauble earrings:
YOU WILL NEED:
1. Cut the string that is on both baubles off with your scissors.
2. Use your pliers and/or tweezers (I find it easiest to use TWO at a time, but everyone’s different!) to open a jump ring, wrap it around where the string you just cut was, then close it.
3. Decide how long you want the chain on your earring to be; this will alter how many more jump rings you will add between the first one and your earring hook. I added another three. Once you’ve decided, use the same method as you did in step two to connect them all together to form a mini chain.
4. Use the same method one again to open the last jump ring on one end of the mini chain and loop your earring hook through it, then close that jump ring.
5. Open up the jump ring on the other end of your chain, thread it through the jump ring that is connected to the bauble – it will be tight, but it will work – then close it. Repeat all steps with your second earring, then you’re done! 💁♀️
#10: PUSH PINS
Swap out the figures for baubles, once again!
#11: DRINK STIRRERS
#12: SHOE CLIPS
Whilst this design would’ve been perfect for Halloween, it’s time for Christmas content now, so once again: swap out the leather for the baubles!
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How to make a mini bauble necklace:
YOU WILL NEED:
1. Just like with the charm bracelet, lay down one chain with a clasp and one extension chain on your table.
2. Open up the end ring of one of the chains with your pliers and/or tweezers (I find it easiest to use two at a time, but everyone’s different!), link it through the last ring of the other chain, then close it. Repeat with 3-4 more extension chains.
If it’s still too small to fit very loosely around your neck, continue to add more extension chains using the same method until it does, then “close” your clasp with your end ring, but don’t put your necklace on just yet.
3. Get 3 or so mini baubles ready and play around with their placement at the bottom of your necklace. Remember that, even though they’re mini, they’re still quite chunky, so you’ll want them to have some distance between them so that they’re easily distinguishable from each other.
I chose to put mine 5cm away from each other. Once you’ve decided they’re distance, keep them in place in front of your necklace, and put two jump rings next to each bauble.
4. Cut the string off of each bauble you will be using. Use your tweezers/pliers and place one jump ring to one bauble around the area where the string that you just cut used to be, then close that jump ring.
5. Open up another jump ring and thread it through the ring on the necklace where you want it to be placed. Repeat this step for the other two baubles, then you’re finished! 🤩
You know what to do 😉
Yep, once again!
There you go, FIFTEEN different uses for mini baubles – and I am sure there is HEAPS more that I couldn’t think of!
If you’re a longtime reader of The Small Adventurer, then I’m sure it’ll be no surprise how hard it has been to force myself not to buy mini baubles in every colour so that I can make accessories that will match every outfit I have as I am getting closer and closer to achieving to my rainbow wardrobe each week! 🌈
Before you go, let me know what your favourite way to use these mini baubles would be in the comments below! 👇
Until next time,