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Easy Christmas Crafts: Open Sphere 3-D Ornament


The Open Sphere 3-D Ornament uses paper and ribbon to become a pretty three dimensional ornament during the holidays that can be easily taken apart to store.

This one is red with red ribbon.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament red finished on display

 

Here's a version in green with green ribbon.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament green finished on display

Let's make this pretty and colorful lime green version.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament lime green finished on display

Easy Christmas Crafts: Open Sphere 3-D Ornament Materials and Tools:

Take a look at the simple materials and tools. 

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Open Sphere 3-D Ornament:

Print the Open Sphere 3-D Ornament pattern.

I tried 24-pound paper and light weight card stock.

The red and lime green versions are 24-pound paper.

The darker green is light weight cardstock.

I preferred the 24-pound paper. The ornament can easily be damaged inserting the fourth shape when using the cardstock.

Cut out the four shapes.

Use the cut out inner circles with the numbers to keep the order of the four shapes.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament step 1 cut shapes

Cut the small slits on each of the circles.

There are six around each shape.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament step 2 cut slits

For the first shape, all of the slits are around the inside of the circle.

The second shape has two slits on the outside and four slits on the inside.

The third shape has four slits on the outside and two in the inside.

The fourth shape has all of the six slits on the outside of the circle.

Finish making all of the cuts.

Each cut should go just ever-so-slightly beyond halfway into the width of the paper.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament step 3 finish cuts

Make the hole in the top of the first shape.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament step 4 punch hole

Insert the second shape into the first shape.

Overlap the two slits on the outside of the second shape with the slits at the top and bottom of the first shape — the 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock positions.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament step 5 insert 2 into 1

Insert the third shape inside the second and first shapes.

Two of the outside slits on the third shape should overlap with the 10 o'clock positions on the second and first shapes.

The opposite two outside slits should overlap with the 4 o'clock positions on the second and first shapes.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament step 6 insert 3 into 2

Insert the fourth shape inside the third, second and first shapes.

Be careful not to crease the paper as you match the overlapping slits around the fourth shape to the slits inside the third, second and first shapes.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament step 7 insert 4 into 3

Cut a piece of ribbon 12 inches long (just guess, somewhere between 10 and 14 inches is fine).

Insert the ribbon in the hole at the top of the first shape.

Pull the ends even, and tie a knot to make the hanging loop.

Trim the ribbon ends at an angle.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament step 8 make loop

Cut five pieces of ribbon of varying lengths from 6 inches to 11 inches (just guess at the lengths).

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament step 9 cut ribbon for curls

Insert the five ribbons through the hole in the top of the first shape.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament step 10 insert ribbons

Use the edge of the scissors to curl each end of the five ribbons.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament step 11 curl ribbons

The Open Sphere 3-D Ornament is finished and ready to display.

Open Sphere 3-D Ornament step 12 hang to display

Just look at how simple yet how pretty a piece of paper and a few lengths of ribbon become.

These fun little ornaments are very light weight and unbreakable for those with curious fingers or paws in their home.

Plus, they can easily be taken apart to store and quickly put back together to use again.

Be creative with the colors and the ribbons. Have fun!

The Open Sphere 3-D Ornament is a fast and fun project for any age and can also be a teaching aid for children learning about circles and spheres.


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