I saw these Valentine paper globes featured on Design Mom and I thought they were so pretty! I found the instructions and templates on HELLO My Name is Heather and it seemed like a project that my older kids would enjoy. We decided to make one for grandparents and teachers for Valentine's Day. I was delighted that the kids could actually do most of the project without my help. I would highly recommend getting the instructions and templates off of Heather's blog if you decide to attempt this. I think this would be cute for any holiday - Easter, July 4th and especially Christmas.
Each globe is made of 20 paper circles. When I made the first one to see how difficult it was, I traced and cut the circles by hand. That is doable but is a little time consuming. After I borrowed this circle-cutting tool from a friend - it was super easy and quick to cut the circles. I have got to get myself one of these! I guess they are used for scrapbooking which is why I have never seen one before. None of that going on at my house unfortunately!
Cutting out the circles was the only part of the project that the kids did not participate in. The next step is to place a triangle in the center of each circle and score the paper along the edges of the triangle. Then fold the paper along those score lines. (Yes, Addie is using one of those corn cob handles to score her paper. Hey - I needed something pointed but not too sharp! As you can see we are little short on craft tools around here.)
Using a glue stick, paste together five triangles to form the top and bottom of the globe.
Then glue the remaining ten triangles together to form the middle ring.
Assemble the globe by gluing the three pieces together. Before gluing the top on we strung a piece of ribbon through the hole at the top and taped it on the inside to make a loop so the globe can be hung.
I liked how Heather hung beads and a little heart from the bottom of her globe but we didn't have the materials for that. But I still think they turned out really cute.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!