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Maria from Pakistan asked me how to make an Origami-Paper-Ball without using glue. Thanks for your question, Maria! I will answer it for you with a tutorial on this page.

"They give you a round bat
and they throw you a round ball
and they tell you to hit it square."
Willie Stargell


The first thing I thought of were those little origami balls we used to make in high school. I remember the boys even filled them with water to make balloons for throwing at surprised people.

There are surely ways a paper crafter will use these as paper ornaments instead, which I am sure you mean to do, Maria They are certainly prettier made from designer series paper rather than school note paper!

I'm imagining a Christmas tree decorated with these cute little Origami balls, all of different sizes and papers. Or maybe you want them to be made all the same size and pattern so they coordinate with your home decor.

You could make a baby mobile with these, or hang them from light fittings, along a mantelpiece (be sure not to intend to start a fire if that is where you decide to display them! Paper will catch fire) or make a whole curtain of them for a doorway.

How will you use your Origami paper ball?

How to Make an Origami-Paper-Ball with No Adhesive

Now I am not an origami expert, but I do know how to make these little gems. Actually, the folds used in this project start out just like the ones used in making paper roses up to step three. Then it gets a little different, but not wildly so. I'll show you how.

What you will need for this tutorial:

You Will Need:

  • A square of paper. You can use plain paper but patterned paper makes a prettier ornament. Make sure you keep the patterned side facing outwards (away from you) as you fold unless your Designer Series Paper (DSP) is double sided. Then you will need to keep the side you want showing facing outwards.
paper ball, origami ball, paper ornaments

You will also need:

  •  * A ruler or paper trimmer

  •  * A bone folder or the back of a spoon so you can make the folds nice and crisp
  • Here's What to Do:

  • First, measure your paper and cut it to be a perfect square. I chose a patterned piece of scrapbook paper or designer series paper (DSP). Use the bone folder to crease all your folds from here on in.

  • NOTE: The size of your paper will determine the size of your finished project. You could start with a 6" x 6" piece of Designer Series Paper and see if you like the size of the completed ball. You can use tiny squares of 2" x 2" paper right up to 12" x 12" paper though, as long as it is a square. The smaller your square, the more difficult it might be to make the folds, however. Maybe practice with larger squares first.

  • Next, fold your paper in half and then fold it in half the other way so you wind up with a folded square 1/4 the size of the original paper

  • origami-paper-ball

  • Now open the paper out to a half sheet and lift the top layer of paper and fold it to make a triangular shape

  • Next turn the paper over and do the same to the other side. You will have something that looks like this:
  • origami-paper-ball

    Now fold the loose ends up to a point at the top. allowing them to meet in a sharp point. (For paper roses, you do a shallower fold, this time you want tohe triangle points to meet at the top.)

  • It will now look like this:

  • origami-paper-ball

  • Turn your paper over and make the same triangle folds on the other side.

  • Now fold two sides in so the points meet in the middle like this:
  • origami-paper-ball

  • Turn the ornament over and repeat that last fold so the two sides meet as points in the middle

  • Now you will make a base for your ornament.
  • One end of the ball will have tips you can fold while the other will not.
  • Fold the top left tip down so it can slide into the triangular pocket just under it.

  • Do the same for the right tip, then flip the paper over and repeat this step on the other side.

  • origami-paper-ball

  • Pick up your Origami-Paper-Ball and blow gently into the end my bone folder is pointing to inflate it.

  • Origami-Paper-Ball

    There you have it! An Origami-Paper-Ball made with no adhesives at all!

    I hope this is what you were looking for, Maria. I'm working on your other questions too. Thanks for asking!

    Do come back and show me your own ornaments when they are done.


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