As I unpacked my box of seasonal decorations, I came across a number of red, white and blue paper decorations. Every year I try and add new decorations for each holiday. These are the red, white and blue paper balls that I made last year. They look great combined with the Red, White & Blue Paper Stars that I made last week. These are perfect table decorations for the 4th of July!
My first experience making paper balls happened by accident. I was actually trying to make a paper flower. I let go at the wrong time and the flower kind of exploded. I actually loved that the explosion could, with just a little manipulation, produce a ball. I decided to see if I could replicate my accident, this time on purpose. I decided to try making balls using red, white and blue paper. This is the wondrous result.
I used 60# and 70# text weight papers. These were a bit heavier than the recycled book paper I used with my “accident” and required just a bit more manipulation. When I used the recycled book paper, the paper just exploded into a ball. This time I had to carefully pull apart the folds, but the result was the same, a lovely paper ball.
The larger paper balls are made from 3″ squares and the smaller ones are made from 2.5″ squares. Any size square will work. I used 15 squares for each of my balls.
1. Start with about 15 pieces of square paper. Fold in half, then half again. Fold one flap up from center fold to make a triangle. Repeat with second flap. See photo #1 above.
Note: Make sure all folds are on one side of the folded paper and all loose ends are on the other.
2. Make a template out of card stock and round the top of the folded triangle as in photo #2 above. You are cutting and rounding the loose ends of the paper.
3. Glue one rounded triangle side of a folded paper to a second folded paper (photo #3 above).
4. Continue until all 15 pieces have been glued together (photo #4 above).
5. Starting at one end, open up one of the triangles as in photo #5 above. Opened, it will form a flower-like circle.
6. Continue opening the next triangle, and the next, etc. (photo #6 above).
7. A little twisting is sometimes needed to make the ball shape. Photo #7 shows the completed folded paper ball.
Here’s to happy accidents, Candy