I originally thought these would be fun for a baby shower or birthday party.
But now I think they’re fun for anything!….even just to hang around the house and brighten your day.
Have you made these before?
I was inspired by this colorful version (found via pinterest I’m sure. Can’t remember now).
Isn’t that a fun blog?
There might be a better name for these but all I could think was: Paper Balls (Casey wanted to go with Orbs. Any other names you can think of?). Whatever you want to call them, they’re super easy to make, especially if you have a large hole punch.
• Decide what size balls you want. You can use any round object to trace circles and cut with scissors. But a hole punch is much faster. I used this 3-inch wide diameter punch from Michael’s (about $8).
• Select shades and amount of paper. I found that 6 pieces of standard-weight paper per ball works well. Less paper is too sparse. More paper is fine and will make the balls fuller but it all depends on your sewing machine—how many pages can it handle at once? Six seems pretty good.
• Arrange the colors in a cascading/ombre order if you want that effect.
• Then punch punch punch. Keep them in groups of 6 circles.
• Sew them all together. Start with a long tail of thread (so you can hang them from the ceiling) and sew a stack of 6 circles right down the middle. Then sew another stack of circles after that, then line up another stack and sew, etc.
• Starting with the top circle, fold it in half around the sewn line. Do the same with all the circles, folding the last circle toward the back.
And you have a pretty paper ball chain of color!
Hang them up or decorate a table. They’re hard not to look at—almost hypnotic. Sometimes they even twirl.
And the colors remind me of dusk and dawn (from Tucson and our backyard in Austin):
Have a great weekend!