How to make a Decorative Paper Ball for Christmas
Project 21 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting.
A few years ago, I created and hosted a fun workshop course (The MamaMoontime Club) that ran for 10 weeks. Each week, we met in the local church hall. One week, as I arrived to set up, I found these cute paper ball crafts left on a chair from the church craft group. I snaffled the idea to make Christmas balls to hang around the house that year. Now I’m going to show you how to make a decorative paper ball so you can ball-bomb your house too! (This year, I’m ball-bombing my lounge room with those frilly honeycomb paper balls from Ikea too!)
Here is how to make a decorative paper ball with just four strips of paper. Cute idea.
1. Cut four strips of paper, 2 cm wide (can do any width but this is a good starting point to practice with), and 30 cm long.
2. Put your paper into a cross-shape like this. If you have opposing patterns like me, place two in the original cross, and the other two in the diagonal cross.
3. Use a needle to prick a hole in the centre of the four pieces of paper where they cross.
4. Push a brad (paper fastener) into this hole and secure.
5. Turn the paper over. Begin gently pulling up the paper strips into a ball shape.
6. Start with the two original cross pieces first. Be careful not to make any creases in the paper whatsoever if you can.
7. Then pull up the other two pieces like so. Jiggle the paper slightly here if you need to even or balance the ball out at all.
8. When you are happy with the circle ball shape, use the needle again to prick a hole to push the brad through.
9. Your ball, stage one.
10. Make a slipknot out of a piece of silvery glitter thread.
11. Loop the slip knot around the top of the brad and pull it in tight.
12. Thread the needle onto the other end, and fill the silvery thread with your favourite beads or sequins. I tied a double knot in between every bead to give it a bit more zing and razzle.
When you are done, tie the end of the thread into a loop for hanging. Now all that is left is to hunt your spot to ball-bomb!
Where might you hang a decorative paper ball?