Paper Globes for Earth Day



To celebrate Earth Day tomorrow, the best thing you could do is nothing. Make no waste, don’t drive a car, don’t turn on the lights, don’t flush the toilet, don’t eat! OK, if that’s not practical, how about a recycled paper craft that you can do with the kiddos? But really, you could just cut back on the other things too.

This simple and fast project will make spinning globes that you can use as decoration for parties or year-round. You could use a different shaped hole punch to create a different look — butterflies, hearts, stars, etc. We used paper from the recycling bin by my desk that had been accumulating for about a week. Because I’ve been working on some design projects we were able to find lots of colorful papers to make about seven paper globes. Here are the instructions.


-office paper, envelopes, newspaper, etc.

-circular hole punch (mine was 2 1/2″)


-needle and thread

-glue stick

1. Have the kids cut out circles with the hole punch. We used about 15 circles per globe.

2. Fold the circles in half down the center.

3. Staple in place.

4. Fold circles in all directions.

5. Insert the needle through a staple, then leave a few inches and repeat with the next globe. Repeat until you have strung all the globes onto the thread.

6. Using the glue stick, glue the circle with the staple through it to hide the staple and secure the thread. Repeat for the circle on the back side of the staple.

I added a wooden bead to the bottom, but you could tie on anything to weigh it down. Hang and spin. Happy Earth Day!

About the author

Ellen Luckett Baker
Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master's of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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3 Responses to “Paper Globes for Earth Day”

  1. Illustrated Gallivant Apr 21 at 5:20 pm Reply Reply

    This is so wonderful!

  2. great idea, thanks for sharing! I just need to get a circular hole punch (I’ve been needing one for a while).


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