|Paper Globe Ornament using old calendars. (Artwork (c) Kristen Stein, StudioArtworks.com)|
Wondering what to do with your old calendar, christmas cards, or extra photos? Here's a great, and EASY, craft that you and the kids can do this holiday season. In this example, I used images cut from my old 2010 and 2011 calendars. But you can use any type of paper. For holiday ornaments, I think the old calendars and old Christmas cards make a great paper source as it provides dated papers that add a nostalgic feel when trimming the tree each year! Try mixing family photos with family Christmas cards, to make a great family-themed Holiday ornament. They all look great when finished!!
What you'll need:
20 circles from your paper source (I used a 2" paper punch to make perfect circles, but you can cut them free hand as well.)
(*Note - Smaller globes can be made by using just 8 of the circles.)
Glue (I used modpodge with a brush, but my 7yo used Glue Dots and they worked perfectly.)
Thin Ribbon (for hanging the globe as an ornament)
Paper Clips (If you use regular glue, modpodge, or a glue stick, I'd suggest having paper clips on hand to hold the paper together. This is especially useful on glossy paper such as shiny calendar sheets, cards and photos.)
That's all! So, let's get started.
|First cut your 20 circles.|
First, cut your 20 circles from your paper source. I used my old 2010 and 2011 calendars. (Here's a link to this year's calendar if you are interested.) Any size circle will work and larger circles will make larger globes or centerpieces. For the globe ornaments that I made, I used about a 2 inch circle.
|Fold each of the 20 circles to form equally-sized triangles.|
|Stack of 20 'triangles" created by folding the circles.|
Once you have all 20 "triangles" formed from the circles, we're ready to start gluing. If you use a liquid glue, glue stick, or mod podge, have paper clips ready to hold your work in place. My daughter used glue dots and they worked great to hold the paper together. Glue dots are a convenient, easy-to-use, no-mess adhesive. We love it!
|Create the top by choosing 5 folded circles.|
To start making your globe, choose a selection from 5 of your folded circles. Place them next to each other with all 5 pointing toward the center.Now start gluing each one side to side, being sure to keep the points in the center.
|Start gluing them together|
When you get to the 5th section, add glue to both sides and glue to each of the other folded circles by creating a slightly domed "top".
|Make two 5-piece for the top and bottom of the globe ornament.|
|Remaining 10 alternate to make the center section of the globe.|
|Glue the remaining 10 together to form a line.|
|The center section.|
|Center section and top attached.|
|Globe viewed from the inside. Top and center glued together.|
But, we're going to keep working on it to make a globe ornament. So, let's move ahead.
|Add a ribbon if you'd like to create a globe ornament.|
|All 20 pieces glued together.|
|The finished paper globe ornament.|
*NOTE: Smaller globes can be made with as few as 8 circles. Just fold them as triangles and glue 4 together for the top, and 4 together for the bottom. Add a ribbon and glue the top to the bottom. Having a variety of different size globes makes for a fun, eye-catching assortment!
If you decide to make one of these globe ornaments or centerpieces, please post a picture here in my blog, send it to me on twitter, or post it on my facebook page. . I'd love to see it.
HAVE FUN! Hope you find this tutorial useful! -kristen (StudioArtworks.com)