Saturday, May 2, 2015

Honeycomb Balls


I have been wanting to make these honeycomb balls for quiet sometime. It seems that the procedure to make these will be difficult, but it is quiet easy.

I made it with sheets from an old magazine, but you can use any paper of your choice. You can make with one color or alternate with different colors.



You'll need:
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An old magazine
A plate or a bowl to trace the circle on the paper
Glue
A piece of ribbon if you want to hang the ball.

Steps:
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1. Place the plate on a sheet of paper.  Trace and cut out the circle.


2.  Now fold the circle in 12 equal parts. To do this start by folding the circle piece of paper in half.

3. Fold in half again.

4. Fold in three parts, like the picture below.



5. You will have a triangle piece of paper. Notch or cut a small triangular piece at the base of the triangle


6. Unfold the piece of paper and you will have this, basically a circle with 12 notches.


7. Stack another 15 sheets of paper and trace a circle on the topmost paper. Draw a line across the diameter of the circle and staple along the line at the ends and one at the center. Basically to hold all 15 sheets together.


8. Cut the 15 sheets of circle out


9. Place the circle sheet with 12 divided parts, created in step 6 above, over this stack of circle. Using the 12 notches that you have in the topmost sheet, mark the 12 points in the stack of sheets and snip it too. Take away the top sheet. We will only be working with the stack of 15 sheets now.


10. Fold the stack of sheets in half along the stapled line.


11. Now open up one sheet at a time. When you open up the first sheet, put a dab of glue at the alternate notch and stick the next sheet on it.


12. On the next sheet, put a dab of glue at the alternate notch than on the previous page, so if on the first page you put glue at 1st, 3rd and 5th notches, then on the second page you will put glue at 2nd and 4th.


13. Keep alternating at the next pages, till all the pages are glued. Let the glue dry. When dried if you spread the pages apart you will have something like this.


14. You now have half of the honeycomb ball made. Repeat the above steps to make the second half of the ball in the same way.

15. To join the two together, have the two sets side by ready. Do not spread the sheets yet. Loop a ribbon, or a twine in my case and stick it on the back of one of the stacks. Now put glue at the alternating notches at the last page of one stack and stick the first sheet of another stack on it. Do it for the other end of the stack too. When you stick both the stacks together, you will have to spread the sheets apart and you can see the honeycomb ball being formed.




There, you have it, your own honeycomb ball.

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11 comments:

  1. This is so cute and I love that you used an old magazine! Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. Hope to see you again next week!

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  2. This is a great project... I tackled it with a class of 4th graders and it was a bit tough, but they did it and were well-pleased. I did have to help quite a bit at times though. :) I need to do this with my kids. Thank you for reminding me. :)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting...:) I hope this time around when you make these with your kids, it will not be that tough and they enjoy making it.

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  3. Awesome tutorial for a fun DIY project. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. Thank you Lorelai! Will see you next week.

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  4. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

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    1. Thank you Jas! It was fun being party of the linky..:)

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  5. wow how cool! love the tute, makes total sense and I think I can do it :) Thanks for sharing with us at the creative challenge!

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    1. You absolutely can do it. Give it a try...:)

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  6. Cool DIY. Thanks :)

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