DIY Weddings: Paper Globes

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I’ve been sharing my wedding crafts with you guys the past few weeks–check out my charming heart straws and “Will you be my bridesmaid?” cards. Today I have another to share! I’d been searching all over for affordable vases to use for my centerpieces, and I finally found a solution last night. Instead of vases, I bought candle hurricanes. The only difference I can discern is that the hurricane doesn’t have a bottom. But I don’t need a bottom on my vase, because I’m not putting any water in them. What am I putting in them? These!

If only I were better at taking pictures (and didn’t craft at night)…Anyway, I found the idea at Sweet and Lovely Crafts, where the photos are a whole lot nicer. I’m so glad I found this idea because it’s thrifty and easy, and it satisfies by affinity for paper decorations. Want to make your own? Here’s what you need:


  • Colored Paper
  • Brads
  • Scissors and/or a paper cutter
  • Hole punch (I used my Crop-a-Dile)


  1. The paper I used was standard 8 1/2″ by 11″ so I trimmed thin strips from the short side and then cut each strip in half–so each strip of paper was about 4 inches long and about 1/2″ wide. When I make the rest of my centerpieces, I think I will make the strips of paper even thinner, perhaps 1/4″ wide.
  2. Next I punched holes in both ends of each strip so that I could fit the brads through. I wouldn’t recommend punching several at a time (although you know I did!) because my strips were not uniform widths, and some of my punches went off the edge.
  3. Once each strip has a hole punched on either end, insert a brad through each strip, and lock it in place by spreading the back flat.

  4. Then it was time to spread the strips apart to make a globe shape. This part’s pretty self-explanatory–you just fan the strips out and arrange them evenly, with the brads on top and bottom.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 until you have made a million paper globes. Then you can get married!

I got kind of artsy with my photos.

What do you think of my paper globe centerpieces? Would you make these for a wedding or party? Stay tuned for part 2 of my centerpiece saga…


  1. says

    What a great way to add a pop of color to your centerpieces! I am loving the yellow and gray color scheme for your wedding. So fresh and pretty! Thanks for sharing your link on the DIY Weddings linky party at Craft Gossip!

  2. Bianca says

    This idea is so crafty. I love how all it took was a few simple objects to make such a fun centerpiece. This helps me get ideas for my sisters centerpieces for her bridal shower.

  3. says

    Those are very sweet. I love that you can take something low cost & get such a big impact out of it.

    I could also see adding a hook and using them as Christmas Tree type ornaments 🙂

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