How to Make a Sphere Out of Construction Paper

Written by michelle powell-smith
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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

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Things you need

  • Construction paper
  • Ruler
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Brads
  • Ribbon
  • 3- to 4-inch circle cutter
  • Hot glue gun

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Instructions

    Simple Construction Paper Sphere

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Punch holes at each end of the paper strips, carefully lining them up.

  3. 3

    Place a brad through the holes on each end, joining all the paper strips.

  4. 4

    Bend the paper strips into a "C" shape. Fan out the strips to form a spherical or globe shape.

  5. 5

    Thread a ribbon through the paper strips for hanging, and display your construction paper sphere.

    Complex Construction Paper Sphere

  1. 1

    Cut 20 circles from construction paper with a circle cutter.

  2. 2

    Make a triangular template from construction paper that fits within the circles. Fold each circle template around the triangle, creating neat creases.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • Try cardstock, scrapbooking papers or even recycled cards for your paper spheres.

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