It’s that time of the year, when the festive office parties are in full swing and the Secret Santa pressies are handed out. I was quite looking forward to our office Secret Santa this year! The name I pulled out of the hat was exactly the person I was hoping to get – for way of a change, it wasn’t Anna 😂
I had done a bit of research on Pinterest (where else) and thought I had it all planned out! Here is a link to the pinterest picture I saw of a Pineapple Prosecco Bottle (I’ve also added it to our pinterest page if you lose it!). At the time I thought “This is perfect! Chocolates and bubbly – she will love it!” It looked super simple to put together as well. Just wrap a bit of double sided tape around the body of the bottle and chuck some Ferrero Rocher’s at it. And if some of the chocies just happen to find themselves in your mouth rather than on the bottle, well, what a shame!
It was only as I was in the shop, about to pick up the bottle of bubbly when I realised, my Secret Santa was on a strict diet this month – and I’m pretty sure I had heard her mention she had given up drinking 😱 what a load of bullocks! So that was that idea out of the window 🤔 What to do now?
Of course I went back to Pinterest. Where else would I find ingenious ideas that I could pass off as my own?! In actual fact, the inspiration for the gift I decided to go for was something I saw on Chris’ Pinterest. DIY Baubles.
I do love a bit of crafting. It can be majorly frustrating and finicky at times, but it’s so rewarding when it works. And I think the time and effort you put into making a gift makes the present all the more special! (I hope my Secret Santa agrees!)
Let’s Get Crafting – your DIY shopping List
The limit for our Secret Santa is £10. I was able to stick to this (mostly) because I had most of the crafting bits needed to complete it in the first place! For those of you who don’t know, I have my own crafting drawer in my desk. If ever I start a new project, I dive into the drawer to see what I already have.
For this project I needed:
- Christmas baubles (multiple sizes)
- White acrylic paint (and paintbrushes, of course)
- Black and white felt
- Make up sponges (preferably flat ones)
- Metallic Sharpies
- A Christmasy box
- Tissue paper
How to make Snow Bear Baubles
Now, when I say I found this idea on Pinterest, I didn’t see this exact idea. I had seen a few DIY ones in the shape of woodland creatures and, if you are into quirky decorations, Pokemon baubles!
My Secret Santa had shown me a picture of her Christmas tree the week before at work. It was gorgeous – she went all out! It was all white and golds, it was like something out of an advert or in a shop display. So when I decided I was going to make her some decorations, I knew it would have to be in keeping with her amazing tree. I thought, what better than a little family of polar/snow bears?!
To start with, paint some plain baubles (I had gold ones) with white acrylic paint. I had to do at least 3 coats of paint to get a consistent coverage. There were still some places that you could see a bit of gold through, but I thought it gave them a bit of texture to not be completely smooth, so decided to leave it there. So that the baubles didn’t keep rolling over and smudging the paint, I got some old make up sponges and cut some circles out of the middle for the baubles to sit on top of. It worked perfectly while they dried!
While they were drying, I started on the facial features. From here on in I was winging it! I was originally planning to use felt to build up the noses, but my worry was the felt was too thin for it to stand out. One of the prominent features for me on polar bears are their big snouts! They have really long noses.
So as I was making the bauble holders out of the make up sponges, I couldn’t help but notice how thick they were! The only issue I had was that the texture of them made it quite hard to cut out delicate shapes. It was near on impossible to get a smooth circular edge without a little jaggardy edge sticking out. But I persisted! If I had had a bit more time, I think I could have gotten some of the edges a bit neater, but I’m pretty happy with how the snouts turned out.
After supergluing the two layers of white sponge together, I cut some noses out of the black felt. The felt is a lot easier to work with, so I didn’t use too much trying to get the right shapes. I then moved onto the eyes, and as I was cleaning up all the left over shavings, I noticed some perfect little flicks of black felt. I am such a typical girl that my first thought was “eyelashes!” So to make momma bear’s features stand out from the boys, she has her own winged eyeliner and lashes 😋
With the white felt I made the ears. I tried to go for circular ears, but I left little slits at the back to put the superglue on so I could attach them to the baubles easier. I then took some shavings from the white sponges for the eyebrows.
Before I knew I had a way to distinguish the snow bears apart (i.e. the eyelashes for momma bear), I thought I would make some baubles with their names on! I got the idea here, for some gold printed names surrounded by wreaths. I had thought ahead and bought a gold Sharpie – but I didn’t have any green! Well gold wreaths it is!
So there we have it! My Secret Santa surprise! I hope she enjoys them; I know she loves Christmas as it is a time for all of her family to get together. One thing that worries me is that the snow bears look a bit like pigs (according to some people I have shown them to).😩 Maybe I could have done a better job on the snouts, but they are meant to be snow bears I swear! Gosh I hope she likes them! 🤦🏻♀️
Until Next Time,
PS. This is our last post of the year as we get ready for some family time over Christmas and the New Year. We would like to thank you all for your support this year, and look forward to seeing you all in 2019! We can’t wait to see what next year brings ☺️
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year every one!