12/12/2015

Baubles that go Plop

These are almost a bit magic - they are such fun to assemble! And as always, they are truly easy to make. This time my usual piece of advice about tracing folding lines (with a needle or the point of a knife) before folding them, in order to get them super precise, is not just a tip - it is simply necessary to make these.


So if you haven't tried the tracing trick before, now is a good time to start. It works like a charm, and you can make these fun paper baubles, that look much more complicated than they really are. The whole idea of tracing the paper is of course that you force the paper to bend along a certain line - and you really don't need much pressure, just scratch evenly along the line, making sure you don't cut through. They plop nicely into their shape if you have traced them precisely!

I have made these in these black/white line patterns, and made a PDF with four different stripe designs, ready to download and make. As you can see, a couple of mine in the photo are a bit smaller - and as usual, that's just done by scaling 80% (or whatever) when printing.

I made these on 120 g. paper, and that is just perfect. Heavier paper (which I tried first) doesn't bend as willingly along the traced lines - and thinner paper is not as strong, and will break, when you push and wiggle these to get the elements in place. So: heavy printing paper, but not exactly card stock. Try for yourself.....

I also made you a blank template, because I think that these would be fun to make in almost any kind of sturdy paper, patterned or colored, or decorated by yourself in any way you would fancy.

I made several graphic patterns and discarded some of them. I left the nicest ones for you in the PDF!



12 comments :

  1. Beautiful. Thanks for this DIY.
    Fanny

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  2. I'm so glad you liked it, Fanny! Merry Christmas to you.

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  3. I've had a happy time making four of these lovely decorations, thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you, you're welcome! Stop by my blog again some other time.

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  4. Hi. Thank you for sharing the templates. I love these balls and sure I am trying to make them.

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    1. Well, thank you and good luck making them - it isn't hard at all!

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  5. These are beautiful. Thank you for sharing :) I look forward to making these. Your black and white patterns really caught my eye.

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    1. Thank you, you are so welcome - hope you'll have fun making them, and will check out some of my many other paper projects as well!

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  6. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. You are welcome, Liber! Hope you had fun making them!

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