Monday, November 21, 2011

Book Page and Cardboard Kleenex Box Ornament

Here is a tutorial on how to take an ordinary Kleenex box and make it into an ornament. I start by cutting 6 strips of cardboard, cut with an exacto knife and ruler (for the Kleenex box ornament I cut it .375 inches wide by 9 inches long).  Then using 5 strips interlock them to make a star.  The sixth strip is the center ring to interlock.  Please look at the video tutorial (part 1 and part 2) for full instructions.

I also made one out of a page from a magazine.  When making it out of paper you want to make sure they paper is thick enough, so I glued two sheets of paper together. For magazine pages I used .5 inches by 9.5 inch paper.

The dimensions I stated are the minimum lengths, in proportion to the width.  You could go as long as you want and keep the same width.  But you cannot go wider and keep the same length.  The longer you go the looser the ball will be.

Video tutorial is here: part 1 and part 2.

A reader just updated me that this ball is called Greek Soccer Ball by Kunihiko Kasahara.  I was taught how to make this in high school by a friend so I never knew what it was called.  Thanks Maria!


  1. This is so cool - you are a genius! How do you come up with this stuff - are you a Jedi Origami Knightress?

  2. This model is called Greek Soccer Ball by Kunihiko Kasahara, perhaps someone should mention this:)
    There are more models of this sort in his book Extreme Origami.

  3. I LOVE these they look amazing! Will pin it for you!

    Thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty!


  4. Very cool - this is a GREAT idea!! I love seeing crafts that use everyday items such as this!

    Thanks for linking up to Take it on Tuesday blog hop!!

  5. Thanks so much for this tutorial and your videos - much appreciated!

  6. I love these - they are so sweet and tee hee hee on the Jedi Origami Knightress... cute! I've got this linked to my paper ornaments post too today, well done!

  7. Love this idea. I have an old book, falling apart, that is full of old quotes; slowing I am sabotaging it for crafts, and this will be a perfect use! Thank you!

  8. Pretty :) This is the first time I've actually completely went through your blog, and I've already seen so much of this stuff (same photos, too!) on craftgawker. I love your ideas!


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