I spotted these DIY christmas balls from Snug on Pinterest a while ago. I love their version, but they’re a little too big for our tiny tree this year, so I decided to make some of my own.
This is a really simple project – all you’ll need is some chip board or thick paper (or you can reuse and old cereal box like I did), an exacto knife, ruler, white glue, string, and some paint.
I made my own pattern for this project in two sizes (3″ and 2″ balls) – you can download them here.
I found it was easiest to put a little double sided tape or glue on the back of the pattern to hold it in place while I made my cuts (there are a lot of them!).
First, you’ll want to cut all the solid lines and score along the dotted lines.
Next, fold along all the scored lines. All the tabs and folds may seem intimidating, but don’t worry, it all comes together really easily.
Once you’ve made all of your folds, begin to glue the tabs and assemble the ball. I used white glue at first, but found that hot glue helps if you’re not feeling very patient!
Before you secure the final tab, remember to insert a string for hanging. You can hold it in place with a dot of glue.
They’re pretty cool as-is, but I decided to add some bright paint for a more graphic effect.
It always bums me out that I can only enjoy my Christmas decorations for one month out of the year, so I stayed away from strictly christmas-y colors. I’ll have to find a place for them somewhere else in the house after we put the tree away.
And that’s it! These were so easy to make, and I can see creating a whole collection of them in different sizes and colors.