Construction paper spheres can serve as an entertaining craft for adults or kids, a charming holiday ornament or decoration, or even a teaching tool. Help kids understand the geometry of a sphere by making paper spheres, and then hang your spheres from the ceiling, in front of a window or on your holiday tree. Choose better-quality paper for a more formal and decorative appearance when making a sphere out of paper.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Construction paper
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Hole punch
- 3- to 4-inch circle cutter
- Hot glue gun
Cut construction paper into 1/2-inch-wide strips using a paper cutter or scissors. Choose the length of your strip based on the desired size; however, no more than 6 inches is ideal. Cut as few as 12 or as many as 20 strips, depending upon the size and fullness you prefer.
Punch holes at each end of the paper strips, carefully lining them up.
Place a brad through the holes on each end, joining all the paper strips.
Bend the paper strips into a "C" shape. Fan out the strips to form a spherical or globe shape.
Thread a ribbon through the paper strips for hanging, and display your construction paper sphere.
Simple Construction Paper Sphere
Cut 20 circles from construction paper with a circle cutter.
Make a triangular template from construction paper that fits within the circles. Fold each circle template around the triangle, creating neat creases.
Glue together 10 circles to form a ring or open circle shape, attaching the folded flaps to one another to form the centre section of the sphere.
Glue five folded circles together for the top and five for the bottom, creating a solid, curved shape with one central folded circle and four surrounding circles, then attach them to the centre section of the sphere. Hot glue a ribbon into place for hanging, or display the construction paper spheres in dishes as centrepieces.
Complex Construction Paper Sphere
Tips and warnings
- Try cardstock, scrapbooking papers or even recycled cards for your paper spheres.
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