Sometimes I use the paper and ribbon that I have hoarded.

3D paper ball tutorial

on December 11, 2011

Here is my attempt at a tutorial for the 3D paper ball in my previous post. I’ve noticed that “connect the pieces using the slits until you get a ball” is  not enough information.

It takes twelve pieces to make one ball. I like to think of it as as two end pieces, and the remaining pieces make two “rows” of five pieces each.


  1. Take one piece and insert five other pieces into the slits of this first piece.
  2. Connect the five pieces to each other. At this point you should have something that resembles a cup.
  3. Repeat steps one and two. Now you should have two cups.
  4. The open end of each cup should have ten open slits. The tricky part is to make sure each half is offset by one slit when you put them together. So basically, match up the “edge” with a flat part on the other half.
  5. It will get a little awkward as you keep going, don’t pull too hard or you’ll tear the paper.
  6. You may want to gently pull the slits together, to make the ball rounder.
I’ve noticed that when I use smaller pieces, it is a little bit harder to make the ball. The paper just isn’t as flexible. I haven’t tried to make these using cardstock, but I am guessing it might be better to cut out larger pieces.

Et voila! You have a 3D paper ball.


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