You’ll need: cardboard, PVA glue diluted with some water 1:1,
newspaper strips, acrylic paints, scissors, brushes, compass or
other circle drawing tool, needle, thread and bead
Use a compass or a spray cap to draw a circle on the cardboard
and cut the circle out. You can cut other geometrical shapes,
too, and also irregular shapes, Xmas tree shape or star shape
Cover the cardboard shape with newspaper strips that were previously soaked in
the PVA glue & water combination. Make sure to follow the shape as close as
possible and work nicely around the edge. The newspaper strips must be well
covered in glue, but make sure you remove the excess with your fingers.
When done, let it dry or use a hair drier to speed up the
Cover the paper mache shape with two coats of acrylic paint,
the color you want for the base. Dry thouroughly (using a hair
Paint both sides of the shape with Christmas imagery,
using acrylic paint in the colors of your choice.
Let it dry and then cover it with two-three coats of
translucent, water based, varnish (letting each coat dry
before applying the next)
Use a large needle to get the thread through the shape, in the direction you
prefer. Add a bead at the lower end, securing it with a knot. Make another knot at
the other end, for hanging.