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How to make paper ball ornaments

Want to make simple, inexpensive homemade Christmas ornaments? Here’s how to make paper ball ornaments for your tree!

I have been having so much fun making ornaments this year!

Today I wanted to share a super simple ornament that doesn’t require special supplies or skills – a paper ball!

This paper ball has a unique pattern between the pieces that gives it an almost modern look.

You could make them monochromatic, two toned, or even rainbow to match your theme.

These are easy enough to make that you could crank out a TON to fully decorate your tree, wreath, or garland!

diy paper ornament balls

I cut the circles from paper with my Cricut, just to make it easier. No Cricut, no problem – just trace and cut the circles with scissors!

how to make paper ball christmas ornaments

How to make ornaments out of paper

Supplies needed:

  • Cardstock – I used 3 8.5×11″ sheets per ornament (4 circles per page)
  • Cricut cutting machine + supplies to cut OR scissors and circle template to trace OR large circle paper punch
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Twine or ribbon
DIY paper ball christmas ornaments

How to make paper ornaments step by step:

STEP 1: Trace your circles

I designed my circles with my Cricut software. They are 3.5″ in diameter. I also added a score line across the middle to make them easy to fold in half.

If you don’t have a cricut, you can trace something such as a water glass or use a large circle hole punch.

However you do it – you want 12 circles all the same size!

cricut cutting paper circles

STEP 2: Cut the circles

Use a cutting machine, punch, or scissors to cut out your circles.

circles cut out of paper

STEP 3: Fold in half

Fold each circle in half to make a sort of “taco” semi circle shape.

STEP 4: Glue

We will be stacking all of the “tacos” and alternating gluing between the top and bottom edge.

Apply hot glue to the top 1/4 of the semi circle and attach to the next in the stack. Then, apply hot glue to the bottom 1/4″ INSIDE the “taco” of the folded semi circle. Press firmly to hold together.

When applying glue, try not to get too close to the edges, or it will squirt out.

gluing paper ornaments

Repeat this process until all 12 circles are glued into a stack.

When you get to the final step, you will connect the first and last pieces with glue. I like to be sure all of the other glue is dried and cooled first.

Apply glue along the middle, straight edge of the stack to help them stick together well. Then, glue as normal, and stretch the whole accordion to connect in a sphere. Hold with your finger for 60 seconds to be sure it dries.

gluing paper ornament balls

**Note: I initially tried this with double sided sticky tape and it did NOT hold. Hot glue is a must here!**

STEP 5: Add string

Tie a loop of twine or ribbon and hot glue it to the top as a hanger.

string on top of paper ornament ball

Enjoy your hanging balls! These are quick to make – especially with a cutting machine or hole punch – and you can mix up the colors for beautiful results.

diy paper ornament balls

Any questions about these homemade paper ornaments?

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