Tissue paper honeycomb decorations are popular party and shower decorations. Mass-produced honeycomb decorations can be purchased in many shapes, such as balls for general occasions, pumpkins for Halloween and bells for weddings. However, you can make your own honeycomb paper bell in just a few minutes using common tissue paper giftwrap, a glue stick and some cardstock. These handmade bells can add a personal touch to your entertaining. In addition, making these paper bells is a wonderful art project for kids.
Things You'll Need
- 18 sheets of tissue paper
- Glue stick
- Paper clips
- Hole punch
Draw a symmetrical bell on the cardstock and do not forget to draw the bell clapper on the bottom. Fold it in half. It should appear as a boot shape where the heel of the boot is the clapper of the bell. Cut out the boot shape and punch a hole in the top corner that is squared off. Open the bell.
Stack the tissue paper together. Put the cardstock bell on top and trace it onto the tissue paper. Remove the cardstock. Cut out the bell shape from all the sheets of tissue paper at the same time. Be sure to hold the tissue paper securely because it tends to slide as you cut it.
Open the cardstock and cut the bell in half along the crease. Lay the two halves side by side on a table. Put lines of glue stick on the cardstock, enough to hold a layer of tissue paper securely.
Line up one layer of bell-shaped tissue paper on the cardstock and press it down to adhere it to the cardstock.
Place dots of glue stick around the outer edge of the tissue paper at equal distances. The dots should be at least 2 inches away from each other. You may have to do some measuring before applying the dots.
Put a second layer of tissue paper directly over the first and press down on the glue dots. This sticks the second paper to the first one. Put glue dots on the second layer exactly between those on the first layer.
Glue another bell of tissue paper onto the second layer, pressing it down on the dots. Put glue dots on this paper in the same places you glued the first layer.
Continue placing tissue paper layers and alternating glue dot configurations on the bell until all the paper is glued onto the stack except one. Put down the glue dots on top of the stack.
Cut the final bell of tissue paper in half, forming boot shapes. Put one of the boots on half of the bell. It is important to match this boot up with one of the cardstock boots at the bottom. Press it down. You will still have the other half of the bell with glue dots exposed.
Turn a ruler on edge and place it along the edge of the boot shape of tissue paper you just glued on. Hold the ruler in place and begin to fold the entire stack of paper in half. This will make a crease in all the paper that coincides with the cut in the cardstock bell. Slowly remove the ruler as you fold. When the bell is folded over completely and the left side lines up with the right side, press firmly. Now you will have a boot-shaped stack with cardstock on both top and bottom.
Open the bell and bring the cardstock pieces together. This should create a three-dimensional tissue paper bell. Hold the cardstock edges together with paperclips. Put a ribbon through the hole in the cardstock and to suspend the bell.
Tips & Warnings
- Experiment with different patterns and shades of paper and cardstock.
- Photo Credit Bridal bouquet image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com
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