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Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Sphere Ornament


This Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Sphere Ornament is simple and easy to do. It makes a great project to work with children. Each paper sphere ornament takes a few strips of paper and a short length of ribbon, along with a few everyday tools. The materials and the tools are simple and inexpensive. You can make just a few or many in a short amount of time.

Take a look at the simple yet pretty finished Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Sphere Ornaments.

Easy Christmas Ornaments paper sphere several finished hanging on an ornament tree

The paper sphere ornament is simple, but the finished products can be very different based on the paper and ribbon.

Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Sphere Ornament Materials and Tools:

  • Paper - 3 pieces 8 1/2 inches long by 7/8 inch wide
  • Ribbon 14 inches long by 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide
  • Ruler to measure paper and ribbon  
  • Scissors to cut the paper and ribbon
  • hole punch (optional - can use scissors) 

Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here.  

Christmas ornaments paper sphere materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Sphere Ornament:

Measure and cut the ribbon to 14 inches in length. Curling ribbon works great for this project. 

Measure and cut the three strips of paper. If you are using 20-pound paper (regular paper for printing), glue two pieces together before cutting to have the proper stability. 24-pound paper has enough thickness while cardstock works well but borders on being almost too thick. 

Christmas ornaments paper sphere step 1 cut paper strips

Layer the three strips one on top of each other. Curve, don't fold, the three strips such that the six ends are even. (Note: the clip holding the paper strips was necessary for the photograph not for the project.) 

Christmas ornaments paper sphere step 2 position ends evenly

Place a hole through all thicknesses 1/2 inch from the end and in the middle, crosswise, of the strips. Be careful not to break your hole punch if it's not rated for several thicknesses of paper. 

Christmas ornaments paper sphere step 3 punch holes

The result is three equal strips of paper with holes in each end. 

Christmas ornaments paper sphere step 4 three equal strips

Fold the ribbon in half and make a loop by tying a knot near the cut ends. 

Christmas ornaments paper sphere step 5 tie knot in ribbon

Tie a second knot directly over the first. This makes the knot bigger such that it won't pull through the holes.   

Christmas ornaments paper sphere step 6 add a second knot

Push the unknotted end of the ribbon loop through the hole in one end of one of the paper strips.  

Christmas ornaments paper sphere step 7 push ribbon through one hole

Make a circle with the paper and push the ribbon through the hole in the second end of the paper strip. 

Christmas ornaments paper sphere step 8 form circle with ribbon through second hole

Add a second strip in the same way.  Wrap the second strip around the circle made by the first strip.

Christmas ornaments paper sphere step 9 form second circle

Add the third paper strip by pushing the ribbon through the hole in one end, wrapping the paper around the first two circles then pushing the ribbon in the remaining hole. Your Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Sphere Ornament is almost finished.

Christmas ornaments paper sphere step 10 form third circle

Tie a knot in the ribbon near the paper. Add a second knot over the first to be bigger than the holes such that the paper won't slide off the ribbon. 

Christmas ornaments paper sphere step 11 double knot ribbon on top

Adjust the three circles to make an open sphere and hang your finished Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Sphere Ornament on a Christmas tree or anywhere for a pretty and simple decoration.

Christmas ornaments paper sphere finished

This next Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Sphere Ornament used 20-pound paper. The 8 1/2 by 11-inch page was first colored using green and red crayons. Next, the page was folded in half lengthwise and glued together. After the glue dried, the three strips were cut and the steps above followed.

This would be a fun project for children to color before making the spheres.

Christmas ornaments paper sphere crayon on white finished

The next Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Sphere Ornament was made with double-sided cardstock and a 1/4 inch cloth ribbon. 

Christmas ornaments paper sphere red and white cardstock

On our tree of ornaments, we have a mix of 20-pound, 24-pound and card stock Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Sphere Ornament. Their variety is only limited by the paper and the imagination.

Christmas ornaments paper sphere several finished hanging on ornament tree

Whether young or young-at-heart, people of all ages can enjoy this easy Christmas crafts project for a paper sphere ornament. 

Have fun!

A few inexpensive materials and tools makes this Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Sphere Ornament simple, fun, fast and inexpensive for anyone to do.


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