Thursday, February 10, 2011

Vintage Paper Ball Tutorial

So this project, may look like a breeze at first glance, but this little stinker took me forever!!! I had to redo it 2 times before I finally figured out how to keep the paper on the ball.

My first attempt I was using a bigger styrofoam ball and I was pushing the paper into the styrofoam. Well 2 hours later I only had half of the ball done and my hand was throbbing from pushing the paper down into the ball. Then, the paper started falling out the other side because I was pushing too hard on the opposite side.

Attempt 2: I got a WAY smaller ball and did the same thing, but the paper kept falling out!

Attempt 3 I finally figured it out. The tutorial is below. :)


Supplies Needed:

Styrofoam Ball (i used 2.5")
An old book
Hot Glue

Some tips before you start:

1. Cut out A LOT of paper. I kept running out and I had to recut more paper like a hundred times! :)

2. Have someone help you. It will go TONS faster if you have someone controlling the hot glue gun. This way you don't have to keep putting your glue down and your pencil and paper every single time.

Step 1: cut out your papers. I did mine about 2" x 2" Try and get them roughly the same size

Step 2: Wrap your paper around your pencil (don't use the sharpened side)
Step 3: Put some hot glue on your styrofoam ball

Step 4: Put your paper down and hold down with pencil until it will stay in place

Step 5: continue step 4 until your whole ball is covered. The more papers you do the more full it will be. I tried to get mine as full as possible

That's it! It really isn't that hard, but it took a lot longer than expected. If you have someone to help you, then it will go by WAY faster! :)


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Marie@Procrastinating in Pink said...

I love this! I'm adding it to my to do list! Thanks for sharing the best way!! :)

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So Sunny Day said...

I remember doing that pencil/glue technique in school to make a rainbow. It also took forever, but was so worth it to have a big ol' puffy picture in the end :)
Love the way it looks as a decor ball too - great job!

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

Heather said...

I wonder if attaching the paper with straight pins would be easier? I'm still recovering from the book page wreath I made at Christmas, so I feel your pain!

Rosana Garcia Hess said...

hugs from Brazil

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Thanks for sharing....I think this is my favorite paper project that I've seen! Good job....

Unknown said...

This is adorable and perfect for any room! Thank you for sharing. I will definitely be trying this one!

foreverdecorating said...

Very easy and cute. I may have to try this!

Katie @ OhhBaby said...

that is awesome! I have a bunch of old books. I may have to try it. I have done it with tissue paper to make topiaries but never book pages!

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Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

I LOVE this! Lil Luna posted this on her page, I am now a follower of your blog. I will be making a few of these this week~ Thank you so much for sharing!