Make a garland from woven paper balls | How About Orange

December 16, 2011

Make a garland from woven paper balls

I love paper Christmas decorations, so when I bumped into The Cheese Thief's woven paper ball tutorial, I had to give it a try. They're curiously addicting. Maybe I should carry some supplies with me to pass the time in long check-out lines, boring holiday parties, or during that weird Choreography number in White Christmas.

These are made out of paper and one piece of tape. You can cut your own strips (mine are 1/2" wide and 11" long, which yields a ball that's about 1 1/4" in diameter) or use shiny paper ribbon.

Hang them individually or glue them onto a wreath form. I'm stringing mine on baker's twine to add to the tree. Taping the end of the twine to a toothpick "needle" makes stringing them easier. I plan to space them out along the string, using a dot of hot glue to hold each ball in place where the twine passes through. Get the weaving instructions here!

36 comments:

sylvï said...

i can see myself making these with birch bark once i'm back home. it's so easy, too! i never knew.

Nancy Naigle said...

These are adorable!! A fun craft for a community tree.

Thanks for sharing.
Hugs~

the cheese thief said...

Thanks so much for linking back. Your woven ball garland looks great.

I am a HUGE fan of your blog!

Jessica Jones said...

No, thank YOU for posting the directions!

Tiffany Harvey said...

Ha! I'm totally there with you on that choreography song.

Grandma G said...

If you make them all the way here, it could be a pretty good-sized garland by the time you arrive! ;)

betta said...

so cute!

Anonymous said...

But wait I love that number...not as much as I love the rest of the movie, but I still love it!

Laura said...

Cool! Great paper craft. :)

Jessica Jones said...

Anonymous, what can I say. Every year I fast forward through that part of the movie. :)

Gossamer said...

How about throwing a bell in the middle of it?

Rose said...

Fun and so easy!

Nick Dimas said...

what length paper did you use?

Jessica Jones said...

Oops, good question. 11" long; I sliced letter-size paper into strips vertically. I just updated the post with that info.

morgancyn said...

Oh, sylvi...birch bark bobbles...beautiful brilliance!!

Stylish logo design said...

Love them!!!

Amberbop said...

So rad! You can show these off at Amber Ink's Pinny Party, where we show off things we learned on the internet (on pinterest) these look like they'd totally fit the bill. I love the neon colors too. http://amberinklings.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinny-party-4.html

Hannasvirrvarr said...

Hi! I found your inspiring blog when i googled for instructions on a paper bow. The orange one.

A had the chance to do some christmas crafts on finnish television (I'm a finnisch-swedish blogger) and jused for instance the paperbow.

Here also a post on my blog, about reusing materials when packing presents. http://hannasvirrvarr.blogspot.com/2011/12/ateranvand-nar-du-paketerar.html

Thanks for an inspiring blog and merry christmas!

/Hanna

Gal Gear said...

How cute! I'd love to make them for our Christmas tree.
I just wish there were more hours in a day. •Linda•

Zoey H said...

That is the cutest ever.

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pak said...

Fun paper balls! And I totally agree with you on that song..ugh, I actually hate it. White Christmas has been a favorite (all year!) of my youngest daughter since she was 3. She is now 16. Yes, I have had to listen to that song that many times... Thank goodness we all love the rest of the movie.

Anonymous said...

I want to try to figure this out!

twelfthzodiac said...

Ohhh...I want to make these with little jingle bells inside!
Around these parts, they will most likely end up as kitten toys, like anything else round. Or made of paper. Or on the tree. Etc.

Jonna said...

Lovely - and totally addictive! Thank you for the tip!

kgp845 said...

I'm having trouble accessing the Cheese Thief blog. I've clicked on your links as well as googled "The Cheese Thief Blog" but none of them will access the site.

Jessica Jones said...

I just checked the links again and they work for me... not sure what to tell you!

GT said...

Best part about this? If you are making single-colored balls, you don't even need the piece of tape. Just cut a strip twice as wide as you need, then slice it in half to about 1/2 inch from the top. Voila -- perfect strips, and no need for tape!

[Discovery of which was mostly born out of necessity, since I didn't have any tape on hand...]

Jessica Jones said...

GT, why didn't I think of that? Ha! Seems so obvious in hindsight. Thanks for the tip!

PaperandthePea said...

Totally cute!

B.Tech MCA training in chandigarh said...

i will try this for sure....

Dominik said...

Very nice idea! I'll tell my sister about your blog. She just started her art studies and loves paper works

Greetings from Vienna/Austria

yours,
Dominik

Semalina said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! Just to let you know, I featured it here: http://bluegreenorange.blogspot.com/2011/12/merry-christmas.html

:)

angharad handmade said...

So pretty! I wish I'd seen these before twelfth night. Earmarked for next year now!

Fia. said...

I can't see the instructions! The cheesetheif website won't open for me, did anyone save the instructions!?

Jessica Jones said...

I just clicked the Cheese Thief link, and it worked for me. Here's the URL:

http://www.thecheesethief.com/2011/11/how-to-weave-paper-ball-ornament.html

Unknown said...

These will be adorning my Christmas tree this year, can't wait! Thanks for another gorgeous craft x

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