How to Make Honeycomb Origami

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How to Make Honeycomb Origami
Use honeycomb paper decorations to spruce up any party area. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Popular decorations for birthday parties, baby showers and bridal showers, honeycomb origami balls allow you to decorate a room on a budget. Since tissue paper---which creates the body of the ball---comes in a variety of colours, it's possible for your honeycomb balls to match practically any colour scheme. Not only does making the decorations yourself save you money, but they make a good craft project for kids.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Card stock
  • Compass
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 18 sheets of tissue paper
  • Gluestick
  • Ruler
  • Heavy book
  • Paper clips

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  1. 1

    Draw a circle on the card stock using a pencil and your compass. The diameter of the circle determines the size of your finished honeycomb origami. Experiment with different diameters until you find a size that you like. Cut the circle out using your scissors.

  2. 2

    Stack all 18 sheets of tissue paper in front of you. Lay the cut-out circle on top of the top sheet of tissue paper and use your pencil to trace around the circle. Set the card stock circle aside. Slowly cut a circle out of 18 sheets of tissue paper at the same time, following the line you just traced. Make sure you hold the tissue paper tightly so the layers don't slip as you cut. This ensures that all of your tissue paper circles match exactly.

  3. 3

    Fold your card stock circle in half and then open it to make a creased line down the middle of the circle. Cut the card stock into two pieces following the creased line. Set the two circle halves in front of you, on a flat surface, lined up next to each other.

  4. 4

    Use the glue stick to place four strategic dots of glue on the card stock circle. Imagine the numbers of a clock on the circle and put glue where the 12, 3, 6 and 9 would be. Then, place one layer of your tissue paper circles over the glue. Press down so the two pieces stick together well.

  5. 5

    Place four dots of glue on the top of the card stock layer directly between where the 12 and 3, the 3 and 6, the 6 and 9 and the 9 and 12 would sit on the face of a clock. Then, put your second layer of card stock on top of the glue and press down to secure it.

  6. 6

    Repeat the gluing process for the next 15 pieces of tissue paper, alternating between the two glue patterns.

  7. 7

    Fold the last piece of tissue paper in half and open it to make a crease. Cut down the crease line to make two halves of a circle. Line the two halves up next to each other to form a complete circle and glue them to the top of your already glued stack. Then, dab dots of glue on top of your half circles, still following your alternating pattern.

  8. 8

    Place a ruler directly along the cut centre line on your tissue paper. Firmly press on the ruler and fold all of the tissue paper in half so that you see the card stock on both the top and bottom. Gently slide the ruler out and press down to secure the glue.

  9. 9

    Lay your project on a flat surface and put a heavy book on top of it to hold everything in place while the glue dries. Wait until the glue dries completely to proceed.

  10. 10

    Remove the book. Unfold your honeycomb all the way. The two card stock sides should touch. Use paper clips to secure the card stock together.

Tips and warnings

  • Try alternating colours---or using different shades of the same colour---of tissue paper to change the look of your honeycomb.

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