Book Balls!

Paper hydrangeas made from old books! Pretty home decor items, Christmas ornaments or table centerpieces.




You will need:
  • Styrofoam balls or ping-pong balls
  • Book pages
  • Scalloped circle paper punch 
  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • Un-sharpened pencil

Punch out circles from the book pages.
Place center of each circle on the end of a pencil. Press the sides against the pencil. The paper will look scrunched up with one small circular flat area.
 


With the pencil still inside the paper, place a drop of glue on the circular flat area. Press onto the ball. Repeat until the ball is covered with paper.


There are so many uses for these balls! 
  • Glue ribbon to the top and use as Christmas ornaments.
  • Place multiple balls in a bowl for a pretty home decor piece.
  • Stick the end of a craft stick into each ball to make a paper floral arrangement.
  • Turn glasses upside-down and place balls on the foot of the glass. Gorgeous table centerpieces!


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Nancherrow


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40 comments

  1. OMG...at first glance my eyes saw hydrangeas!!!! Thank you for the wonderful idea. These are beautiful.

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    1. Ooh, you're right! They do look like hydrangeas! Think I better change my title - thank you for the idea :-)

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  2. These are awesome. I love book page art and these are over the top. Definitely going to be adding some to my decor. Thank you for the tutorial.. Cathy

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  3. So pretty - I think I may give this a go, but I'm not ready to part with my treasured books. Maybe I can just use printed paper instead. I love how these turned out!!!!

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  4. Stopping by from Artsy Corner link party. These are beautiful! On my to-do list Pinning!

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  5. I love these-so pretty! Just pinned them to the Fridays Unfolded links board and thanks for sharing at the party!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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    1. Thank you for the pin love, Alison! Loved your ice bucket challenge video!

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  6. Those are just stunning! Lots of work but boy is it worth it. They look like heirlooms!

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  7. These are adorable!!! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to make my own!

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  8. Wow, these are absolutely stunning! Beautiful work. I would love for you to share this post at my Create & Share Link Party tonight (7:00 PM MST)! Hope to see you there :) http://designsbymissmandee.blogspot.com/

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  9. Oh, my goodness! These are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing them at my Creative Ways Link Party! Hope to see you again this week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  10. Beautifully done! I love vintage book page crafts! These are perfection! I'm featuring them at this week's link party. http://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2014/08/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-105.html

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  11. I have seen so many book page projects, but this one is my very favorite! These would be such a great addition to a fall tablescape!

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  12. Very Pretty! I made some of these and spray painted them purple and orange for Halloween!

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  13. I love it!! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Oh my goodness. These are beautiful! What a beautiful project to take on. Thank you!

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  15. These are stunning! Featuring tonight when my link party opens up.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Will be stopping by tomorrow a.m.!

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  16. Oh my...I love these paper flower balls! I need a whole bunch of them right now! :)
    Sounds like a good project to do in front of the tv.
    Have a great weekend!
    Kelly

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  17. Gorgeous! I'm pinning this for sure!

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  18. I love to craft with old books. Love this idea! It's is such a classy spin on that tissue paper art from grade school.

    Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab

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  19. Love these ... ready to make some after I find that punch. Thanks for sharing your talent.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  20. I love these! I can't wait to try different variations of material and colors. Where did you find the scalloped paper punch?

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! I got the paper punch at Michael's!

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  21. What size is that punch? Love these!!!

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    1. I used the Fiskar's XL Scallop Punch - it's a little under 2 inches in diameter. Thank you! And sorry for the late reply!

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  22. Love this! I have a discarded stack of books in my school Library that I will be using to make these, maybe check with public Libraries too.

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  23. Hi Heidi,
    Thank you for the tutorial! I loved these so much I decided to scale them up a bit (I used a 5" ball and a 3.5" scallop punch), and added a length of ribbon to make pomanders to hang along the aisle at my literary themed wedding. :)
    Thanks again for the beautiful and simple tutorial!
    Love,
    Melissa

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    1. You're so welcome! Your pomanders sound gorgeous!!

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  24. How many circle punches did it take to make each ball? I'd like to make several balls but use different colors so I'm wondering how many I will need to punch out for each ball.

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  25. So sorry, I don't remember! I didn't keep count :-(.

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