Thursday, December 31, 2009

Paper Balls

NO not what you are thinking!!!!!!  The paper balls I showed in a recent post.....I have had a couple of really nice comments about them and a couple of requests on how to make them...so on this cold and icy afternoon, while the soup pot bubbles and the cat takes a nap....another one!!!,  I will tell you how to make them.  I made one ages ago, put it away and promptly forgot about it.  I found it again while going through a box a couple of weeks ago and with scrap book paper in hand, proceeded to go nuts and make far too many.  BUT, they are very nice to look at and very easy to make....

Pictures might help....

Cut 16- 4" x 1/2" strips of heavy paper....I used scrap book paper.....I collect it!! Make holes about 1/8" from the end. Use an awl, a very big needle, or a tiny paper punch.....your choice!!!

Cut two 1'' circles and make a hole in the centre...

Cut a piece of wire about 5" long and make a loop on one end.

Make a tube of paper 2" long and close with tape.





If you want, you can add a bead to it, but you don't have to. If you want a circle on the outside cut two more circles out of the paper you use or something that compliments it.
Put the bead on the wire...put the strips on the wire...add one of the 1" circles, the tube and the other 1" circle.


Now taking the bottom, or first, strip, feed the wire through the hole.  You will have to bend the wire a little bit to accomodate this move.
The picture below shows the paper being fed from the bottom of the stack....


Continue putting the paper on the wire until all the strips are on.







Put the circle on, if you are using one, the bead and make another loop in the wire and cut the excess.
VOILA...you have a paper ball.
If you make one, show me....please?









I made up my own measurements and ended up with this.....Easter anyone??




or if you don't put in the tube, you get a Sultan's Hat??!!!
You have to do a couple more things, but that is for another day.......maybe.




Ok, have fun and show what you've done,
the cat is up and giving me that look,
that means playtime is over...
she wants attention, food, and attention.

Happy New Year
and may we all be healthy and happy.

2 comments:

Content in a Cottage said...

Marilyn,
Very nice. Thanks for the tutorial. What a great craft for recycled paper. Happy New Year, Rosemary

MDScaper said...

I like your main picture, M! : )