These baubles are a nice and easy project. You can write your friends' names or the year on them and tie them around a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine for a quick gift. Or you can just decorate them with pretty patterns. Boxes of plain baubles are usually pretty cheap, even before the sales.
Glitter Decorated Baubles
Some plain baubles
Decorating them is pretty straight-forward. For the patterned ones, I just did the designs freehand, making them up as I went along. The names I did freehand too. If you're worried about messing it up, you could write on them with a fine whiteboard marker first and then go over that with the glitter pen.
If you're doing an all-over design, do one half, let it dry and then do the other half. That way, you have a side you can rest it on while it dries. I sit them in egg cartons while they're drying.
Hubby was telling me the blog needs more tutorials and that I should make this up into a tutorial, but really, it's just writing on a ball...it can't get much easier than that!
*I use the Dimensionals glitter fabric paint because it dries without shrinking, giving a nice raised effect.They're usually for fabric, but it sticks on to the baubles well. I had the tube already from a previous project (about 10 years ago) and it's still good as new. You could also use a normal glitter pen, or even some craft glue and then shake loose glitter over the top.