Ball Ornament

Ball Ornament

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 10

Ball Ornament

Before I had children (BC), I used to make at least 50 handmade cards every December. This was one of them – I made it with four strips of paper. Later I perfected the design for the letter “O” in my artist’s book Sound Blocks, making the form out of one sheet of paper. 


For this project you will need: 

  • Golden Ogee-Purple paper from GPC Papers 
  • Download the template
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue
  • Thread/hanger
  • Tape
  • Scissors (optional for cutting circle and pointed ends)


Step 1: Cut Ornament: Tape the template to the Golden Ogee-Purple paper and cut out the ornament shape. I use small scissors to cut the circles and points.

Ball steps

Step 2: Glue Strips, one by one to the dot that is attached to the ornament. The pointed ends means that they do not need to overlap – they will all fit together to form one smooth layer of paper. Glue the paper dot on top of the gathered strips to make sure that everything stays together.


Step 3: Attach Hanger: Slip a thread or string through two opposing sides of the ornament to create a simple hanger.


Here are a few variations: try cutting the template out using deckled scissors or pinking sheers; flatten the ball and crease the strips to make a floral shape. What else will you come up with?


Share your ideas in the comments box below or over in the 25 Days of Paper FB group.


About the 25 Days of Paper 2015: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. Throughout December, I’ll be posting a paper tutorial on even days, and every odd day will bring news about paper artists, stores, distributors and more! Receive updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!


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  2. Barb Adams says:

    I made a ball from your pattern but felt that I was wasting a lot of paper. My second ball I made with 4 strips crossed to make the shape like your pattern. I then joined the strips at the top and put a circle on the top and bottom of the ball.

    • Helen says:

      Great, Barb! I actually started out as you did, but love figuring out how to make things from one sheet so came up with the current design. I agree though, strips save paper!

  3. Kirsten N says:

    Nice work. I can show my kids how to do this and we’ll definitely used recycled paper. Thanks for sharing this.