How to Make Paper Globe Topiaries

by Sarah Clark

Making a paper globe topiary is one way to express your creativity. Select colorful paper in both solids and prints. Cut out circles, fold them, glue them and set them on top of a dowel to craft a whimsical topiary. Choose a color scheme to fit any occasion or use seasonal schemes topiary to festively decorate your home for any holiday. Craft paper globe topiaries of any size. Cut and glue large circles for bigger globes or smaller circles for miniature globes.

Items you will need

  • Sheets of colorful paper
  • Circle template
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • 3/8-inch dowel
  • Flower pot
  • Floral foam
  • Decorative moss
  • Ribbon
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Step 1

Use a circle template to trace 20 circles onto the sheets of colorful paper. Cut out the circles with scissors.

Step 2

Punch a hole into the center of one of the circles with the hole punch.

Step 3

Trace an equilateral triangle onto each circle. The points of each triangle should reach the outside of the triangle.

Step 4

Fold the lines of the triangles upward on each circle, with the right side of the paper facing up.

Step 5

Line up five circles, so that the triangles created by the fold lines alternate between being right-side up and inverted. Glue the adjacent folds of each circle together. Gently move the ends of the line together so that the end folds touch can be glued together. You should now have a three-dimensional pentagon, which is the top of the paper globe.

Step 6

Line up five more paper circles. Place the circle with the punched hole in the middle of the line. Repeat the gluing process used in Step 5 to create the bottom of the paper globe.

Step 7

Line up the remaining 10 circles and glue their adjacent folds together, with the right side of the paper facing upward. Gently move the each of the line together so that they touch. Glue these end folds together to create the middle band.

Step 8

Glue the bottom folds of the top of the paper globe to the folds along the top edge of the middle band. Let the glue dry, then glue the top folds of the bottom of the paper globe to the folds along the bottom edge of the middle band.

Step 9

Place the floral foam into the bottom of the flower pot. Insert the dowel vertically into the foam. Gently place the paper globe onto the top of the dowel through the punched hole in the bottom of the globe. Cover the floral foam with decorative moss.

Step 10

Tie a bow using the ribbon around the dowel, just below where the globe sits. This will help keep the globe in place.

About the Author

Sarah Clark has been writing since 1997, with work appearing in Northern Arizona University's "Student Life Organization Newsletter." She holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in art history from Northern Arizona University.

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