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Disco Ball Decoration / Piñata

Disco Ball Decoration / Piñata

CelebrateNew YearPaper Craft

This fabulous disco ball decoration can be used to spruce up your next disco party.  You could fill it with glitter and make it a piñata for a New Years Eve celebration.  Point a spotlight at it, spin it around, play some Donner Summer and have a disco at home (what I did).

What you need:

2-3 Large sheets of cardboard – you can use lightweight cardboard for a decoration but might want to use a heavier weight for a piñata.

3 x sheets of shiny silver wrapping paper (I got mine from the local newsagent but did have to shop around a bit)

30cm of flexible wire

Hot glue gun

Scissors and/or X-Acto knife and cutting mat


First you will need to make a cardboard spherical shape.  I found the template for this 3D shape on a fantastic website that has downloadable templates for a great range of interesting 3D shapes.  You will need to go here and download the ‘hectohexecontadihedron’ template.  Print out the large hectohexecontadihedron template.  Use the template to transcribe the 18 elements and 2 end pieces onto the large pieces of cardboard.  Use the hot glue gun to glue all of the pieces together, leaving off one of the ends.  You should now have something resembling the image below.

Now cut some your shiny silver wrapping paper into 5 cm lengths and cut off pieces at 3cm intervals.

Starting from the end that doesn’t have an opening, use the hot glue gun to glue the pieces of silver paper in a spiral fashion onto the spherical shape.

Continue in this fashion for a few rows.

Now start cutting 5cm lengths of silver paper with notches cut at 3cm intervals – cut as close to the edge as you can without the paper ripping.  Use the hot glue gun to glue the lengths around the sphere in a continued spiral pattern.

Continue until you get 2/3 from the bottom.

Push the flexible wire through the cardboard end piece that is not yet attached and form a loop.  Twist the wire that will be on the inside and use sticky tape to secure into place.

Put lots of sticky tape onto the outside too to prevent the cardboard from ripping.

If you are making a piñata add lollies/toys/glitter now.

Glue the 2nd end piece into place and reinforce with sticky tape.

Now start gluing 5cm x 3cm piece of silver paper in a spiral pattern from the end you jut attached.

Keep going until your disco ball is complete.

All that is left to do is to have a full blown disco party!