“ Brand: Hobbycraft / Type: Christmas decoration craft „
There are only two possible kinds of Christmas trees - those with nice colour coordinated decorations, and those with a mish-mash of baubles circa last century, clashing colours and strange creations of unknown provenance. Seeing as our tree falls firmly into the latter category, this bauble painting set was, I felt the perfect addition to its overall "design".
Priced at £4.99 for 4 baubles, paints - as pictured, and a brush, this set comes in blister pack packaging showing a range of finished baubles featuring designs recognisable as snowmen, trees and other seasonal items. . Unless you are a trained artist you are never, realistically, going to achieve these kinds of results with 6 pots of paint and a brush, however it's fun trying. The baubles themselves are quite well made, the shiny ceramic finish holds the paint well - the brush provided was a bit of a dud, but the non-toxic paints go on well and dry to a slight sheen. There are no instructions as, frankly, it's pretty obvious what you have to do. The baubles are average bauble size I suppose - about 5cm in diameter.
I let my children loose on these, and to be fair they produced reasonable results, opting for stripy red and green baubles and something that looked like a snowman with rather large hands. We found it easiest to paint them hung on a mug tree. Once sprinkled liberally with glitter (not supplied) they looked reasonable, and took about a day to dry. If you drop them on to a hard surface they do break, as I can sadly confirm, (RIP Mr Snowman) but otherwise they are pretty well made and the ribbon makes it easy to attach them to the tree. When we had finished there was still lots of ceramic paint left, a little went quite a long way - there's no mention of whether it is supposed to be washable or not but it did seem to come off the children's hands fairly easily.
I think that these are a fun craft item for Christmas that are reasonably priced, and children and adults alike could enjoy decorating them, they would be a good item to buy for a school Christmas fair as a money raiser or for a party I think as they could be easily personalised with a name.
Hobbycraft stock a range of Christmas craft items, but this is probably the one we have enjoyed doing the most this year and for this reason, and even though I've reached the "bah humbug" stage of my Christmas preparations at this point, I recommend them. Though the results are not going to be anything like the picture on the box, they are certainly a way of producing a Christmas bauble unlike any other. A good buy for anyone who enjoys craft!