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An easy way to remember how much string you'll need is to go by the ‘10 and 10 Rule' – you'll need 10 pieces of string, and each piece will need to be 10 times the length of your bauble. Use your string to measure against the length of your decoration, then fold it in half to get twice the length of your bauble. Do this another five times to get your ten lengths. Keeping up? Don't worry – you can refer to the video at any time. Once you've got this first piece, cut another nine lengths the same and you've got your string.
Take your 10 pieces of string, fold in half and tie a knot – this is the bit that will attach to your Christmas tree.
Grab a piece of masking tape and stick your knot to the table – this will make the rest of the job much easier.
Once you've stuck down your lengths, separate them into five groups of four, then tie a knot about a third of the length of the bauble down from the top knot. Pull it tight.
Take two pieces from two adjacent lengths and tie them together. Then take the final two pieces on either end and tie them together. This completes our second row of knots. Then repeat the process for a third row.
Once you have your three rows of knots, grab your bauble and nestle it into the knots you've made. Twist the loose ends at the bottom together before tying one final knot to secure your decoration in place. To neaten it up, give those loose edges a bit of a trim – and you're done!
These little decorations make great gifts. They are also great DIY school holiday activities to do with the kids. Why not experiment with different ropes and twines for fancier looks? The sky's the limit!