Why choose a clear bauble? Colour trends come and go for Christmas with red, gold and green as the most popular perennial favourite. But you can add a contemporary twist to traditional Christmas decorative accessories by incorporating some clear baubles. These clear and transparent colour glass baubles are also a winner when it comes to contemporary schemes. Clear baubles have an advantage over plain coloured baubles because they are easy to personalise and can be decorated both inside and out. An even bigger plus is that you don’t need to be a skilled craftsman to make your own bauble decorations. By simply taking the cap off the bauble you can place your choice of decoration inside the bauble. Go natural with small sprigs of mistletoe or Christmas pine. Artificial pine and berry materials look just as good as the real thing and will last for many years. Feathers fit neatly inside a glass bauble as do materials such as tinsel, glitter, artificial snow and metallic star or heart shaped confetti. Once you get the idea, the possibilities are endless. After placing your decoration inside the bauble simply replace the cap and hang on your tree. It’s that easy! As an alternative and with a little effort the outside of the bauble can be decorated with children’s names or a design of your choice using a glue pen with glitter or artificial snow. If you would like to place a small gift, sweets or larger decoration inside the bauble the best ones to use are the clear shatterproof ‘fillable’ baubles. These come in many sizes from 60mm up to 120mm so you can choose the right size for your tree. These baubles are made up of 2 halves that can be easily filled and placed together making it a straight forward task that would appeal to both children and adults. These fillable baubles are re-cyclable and can be used for many years - just ring the changes with different fillers each year. If none of this bauble craft appeals and you’re short on time there are plenty of ready made clear baubles with and without decoration available to buy. And, if you are looking for a more sophisticated transparent look then there is a selection of beautiful plain colour glass baubles – lilac/lavender, blue, orange, red, berry, yellow and evergreen are just some of the many colours available. The lights from your tree will shine through the transparent glass and create the most wonderful ‘warm glow’. To complete the look, don’t forget the lights! You want your baubles to shine and sparkle so complement this clear bauble creativity and enhance the overall look with a string of warm white, cool white or coloured LED lights. These light strings now come in many shapes and sizes with clear star shapes and transparent light bulbs currently being a popular trend. Christmas Style Decorating Tip Don’t skimp on the lights! You want to see the shine, glitter and textured finishes on the baubles and decorations hanging on your tree. The tree should glow and shimmer. Aim for a minimum of 50 lights per foot of tree, so a 6’ tree would have at least 300 lights.