Sunday, 16 December 2012

Blogmas Day 12- How to make Christmas Card Balls

Ever since I can remember my mum, my sister and I have made Christmas ball decorations from last years Christmas Cards. It is a nice time to spend together and chat about our festive plans and also another homemade touch to Christmas.

I thought I would share with you how to do it:-

List of tools:

·         Old or used Christmas Cards – The more balls you want to  make the more cards you need
·         Scissors
·         Pencil
·         White glue or staples
·         String or ribbon
·         Christmas Cards Ball Ornament Template

To make the ball template draw an equilateral triangle with the sides being  1 inch, 2 inch, 2.5 inch or 3 inches long, then draw a circle around the triangle so that the pints are all touching the circle. Cut out your chosen circle. Taking one of your circles cut out the triangle this will show you wear to fold lines later on  and your template is complete.

Trace the circle you cut out onto the backs of old Christmas cards, fit as many as you can bearing in mind you want a nice picture, pattern or colour for  your ball. Cut out your circles and draw your triangles onto them.

Fold each circle towards the front side of the Christmas or holiday greeting cards along the 3 sides of the triangle you drew to create 3 flaps.Glue or staple the  flaps together in the following sequence to form the ball. The top and bottom parts of the ornament are formed by gluing/stapling  triangle shapes together. The centre section is formed by gluing  alternating triangle shapes to form a straight line. Once the three sections are completed, glue/ staple the top piece to the centre piece and then attach the bottom.

Punch a hole at top of ball and thread some string to hang it.

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