A popular decoration at baby showers, wedding showers, birthday parties, and other types of festive occasions is the tissue paper honeycomb ball. They are available at party shops and discount stores in many colours. However, you can customise the look of your party decorations by making your own inexpensive honeycomb balls with tissue paper, cardstock and gluestick in just a few minutes. In addition, this project makes a good paper craft art project for children.
Draw a circle on the cardstock with a compass. Alternatively, you can use a bowl, large glass or other object that you can place on the cardstock and trace around to make a circle. Cut out the circle.
Layer the tissue paper into a stack, lining them up evenly. Put the cardstock circle on top of the stack of tissue paper. Trace around the cardstock circle onto the tissue paper. Remove the cardstock circle. Cut out a circle from all 18 sheets of tissue paper at the same time. Hold the tissue paper securely when you cut it because it may slide. If this happens, your circles will not be symmetrical.
Fold the cardstock circle exactly in half, crease the fold and reopen it. Cut the circle in half along the crease line. Line up the two halves of the cardstock circle side by side on a flat work surface. Lay down glue on the cardstock circle with the gluestick. The glue does not have to cover the circle completely, but there should be enough to hold a layer of tissue paper securely.
Place one circle of tissue paper onto the cardstock, lining it up exactly. Press down to secure the glue to the tissue paper.
Place dabs of glue around the outer rim of the tissue paper at four spots that are equidistant from each other. Pretend the circle is a clock face and place glue at 3, 6, 9 and 12.
Place a second circle of tissue paper directly over the first and press down on the dabs of glue. This adheres the second layer to the first. Put dabs of glue on this layer, locating them exactly between those on the first layer. In other words, put dabs of glue at 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 10:30.
Press another layer of tissue paper onto the second and press down. Now dab glue this layer in the same places you glued the first circle: 3, 6, 9 and 12.
Place another tissue paper circle on top of the stack and press it down. Continue in this manner, placing dabs of glue in alternating locations for each circle of tissue paper until all the tissue paper circles are glued in the stack except one. Continue with the glue procedure, putting four dabs on the top layer.
Cut the last circle of tissue paper exactly in half. Place one of the halves on the stack to match up with the position of one of the halves of the cardstock circle underneath. Press down to secure it in place.
Place the edge of a ruler on top of the stack to line up with the edge of the half-circle of tissue paper. Holding the ruler firmly in place with one hand, use the other to fold half of the circle, cardstock and all, along the edge of the ruler, creating a crease line. Slide the ruler out as you fold the entire circle in half. Press down firmly, creasing the middle of the tissue paper circles where the cardstock is cut.
Once the glue is dry, open the folded half circle all the way around until the two halves of cardstock line up and come together. The tissue paper will now form a honeycomb ball. Secure the cardstock halves together with paper clips.
Staple a string or ribbon to the top corner of the cardstock so you can hang the ball. Experiment with different colours and patterns of tissue paper.
Tips and warnings
- Staple a string or ribbon to the top corner of the cardstock so you can hang the ball.
- Experiment with different colours and patterns of tissue paper.