DIY: Paper Ball Decoration & Garland

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Some of you may recognize this project from last week. It was a guest post over at the Frugal Girls. I am honored Heidi of the Frugal Girls asked me to write a post on one of my DIY project. Now, I am very excited to be able to share it with you directly on Happy Clippings.

If you follow my DIY posts, then you already know I have this thing for paper crafts. I’ve made garlands, wreaths, gift bows and many other home decor items using paper in some way. Well, here’s another inexpensive project.

This project is an easy and thrifty way to turn paper circles into a decorative ball. You can place them in bowls or jars or string them together to make a garland. I also love that you can make them different sizes. I made mine small (2 inch diameter) to fit my Apothecary jar. You can also use different patterned paper for each ball or the same pattern. It’s all up to you. That’s what is great about this project. It’s so flexible.

I only used a few supplies to make this. I used scrap book paper, glue, ribbon, and a circle punch.

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Here’s my Decorative Paper Balls Tutorial:

I first cut the circles. You will need six (6) circles for each paper ball. I used a 2 inch circle punch. I then folded each circle in half.

I took two folded circles and glued them together back to back. I then glued another folded circle onto it so there were 3 folded circles glued together. I repeated again with the rest of the 3 circles. I now have 2 sets of glued-together circles. I then glued those two sets together. See pictures for better visual.

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To make into a Garland: Glue ribbon on one set of glued-together circles. And then glue the second set on top. Continue gluing paper balls along ribbon spacing them as you like.

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I do have to warn you that cutting the circles and gluing can be time-consuming and monotonous if you plan to make many of them. Just turn on some good music or your favorite TV show and have fun getting crafty.

As I stated earlier, you can use these paper balls for different purposes. String them together to make a beautiful garland or place in a jar or bowl.

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I did a little of both. I strung some together and placed in a Apothecary jar. Most are in the jar but for fun I also decided to leave some on the outside. See how a few are hanging from the jar and some are casually lying around it. This is currently on my mantel and looking very lovely. :)

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(I’m linking up to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Get Your Craft On, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays, Works for Me Wednesday, Creative Collage and The Frugal Girls!)

Comments

  1. So fun and summery. I love it!

  2. These look so pretty. I made a similar paper ball project, but I just love how yours turned out!

    http://sweetandlovelycrafts.blogspot.com/2011/03/spring-paper-globes.html

    Lila

  3. These look SO cool! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m adding to my “must try” list! :)

  4. I can’t wait to try these. They are so stinkin cute!

  5. What a cute project!! Very summery – I love the garland in the apothecary jar!

  6. These are so cute! Followed from the tatertots and jello party, come check out my blog too~

  7. Adorable.
    Would love it if you would link this up to my “20 Minute Tuesday” party tomorrow :)
    http://sweetfloweret.blogspot.com
    Thanks!
    Tina

  8. That is super cute! :0)

  9. I’ve been wondering what to put in my apothecary jars right now-this is a perfect frugal filler! Thanks for the idea.

  10. This is such a beautiful project! Love the idea! Thanks for sharing. I featured this on my blog: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/2011/06/gallery-of-featured-crafters-4-with.html

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    @pril

  11. I am making these today! LOVE IT!

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