Introduction: How to Weave a Greek Paper "Football"

Learn how to weave a Greek paper ball. The holes look like the pentagons on a football.


Diaphane (author)2013-04-12

I made one, turned out great! thank you for this intructable!

Fengathor (author)2008-04-14

Sweet, this is awesome and i can use these instructions to make a takraw ball. +1

glogic (author)Fengathor2012-09-11

Exactly! It IS a takraw ball!

big (author)Fengathor2009-01-29

Did you make the takraw ball? Please, have you some photo?

Fengathor (author)big2009-01-29

No D: I haven't been able to get the stuff for it, been really busy. Once I do get the stuff I'll be sure to post some pictures.

PKTraceur (author)Fengathor2008-12-08

I love Sepak Takraw!

supersaddy (author)2008-06-20

well i tried.....

glogic (author)supersaddy2012-09-11

Your paper was just too "soft" -- I think you diid it just about right.

REA (author)supersaddy2009-06-02

i lol'd. im going to try this later.

kibbler (author)supersaddy2008-11-22

Mine ended up as a beautiful... crumpled up ball in the trash. ;)

XaMMaX211 (author)kibbler2008-12-13

mine tuned up to be a ripped up,thrown ball of paper among a shattered tape dispenser on the ground and then I punched my monitor

BellaStella7 (author)XaMMaX2112009-03-25

HAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is hilarious!!!! I mean.. I'm sorry to hear that. (giggle)

1thadeaus1 (author)XaMMaX2112009-01-29

hahahha silly. unexpected nice

Jennifer F. (author)supersaddy2008-10-29

oh dear :D Did you use tape to help hold the strips down as you worked with them? Because it's really difficult otherwise :)

AznPanda (author)supersaddy2008-10-25

Yeah i guess u did try LOL!! :P

Flumpkins (author)supersaddy2008-07-31


janemermaid (author)2011-11-16

If I used larger, thicker strips to make a bigger ball this would work out ok wouldn't it? Do you have a width to length ratio for the strips?

hanelyp (author)janemermaid2012-04-27

I've found a 20:1 length:width ratio works for the strips.

iamdarkyoshi (author)2012-01-02


ericocean (author)2011-07-31

Thank you for a very clear instructable with a beautiful result. Simple and sweet!

tofu4tortoise (author)2009-12-16

 do you think this would be possible with string?

taka21 (author)tofu4tortoise2011-05-11

Actually yes, they did this thing on art attack (Disney Show) where they made Christmas decorations out of string, glue, and a balloon. :] Just blow the balloon into the diameter of your choice.Tie the balloon and tie a string to where you tied the balloon and lay the string going across the balloon and then brush with glue. :] repeat the string process. :] Then let dry. Once all dry just pop the balloon and there you have a skeleton of hard string. :] by the way by string I mean yarn because it is much thicker. :]


elga (author)2010-12-11

es sencillamente hermosa, me encanta su sitio GRACIAS

calcitrix (author)2010-06-30

Wonderful! I think the Girl Scouts will love it. I'm going to have to try this (once I get it down with paper) with thin craft foam sheets!

jabapyth (author)2008-12-31

I wanted something with a little more "heft" (that you could actually play with ;), so i tried cardboard, and it worked great! I used 20cmx1.1cm strips of regular cereal box cardboard (~.75mm thick), and it's pretty sturdy -- enough to play hackysack with :D TIP: so the cardboard doesn't fold, make sure to pre-round it against a table edge

1thadeaus1 (author)jabapyth2009-02-02

i took ur idea and used a frootloops cereal box. thx 4 the idea! heres the pic.

lezed1 (author)1thadeaus12010-03-09

 wats with the gun

jabapyth (author)1thadeaus12009-02-03

your welcome! I'm glad it worked out.

jabapyth (author)jabapyth2009-02-03

btw I actually made a full-on instructable on how to make the cardboard version (making sure to credit your great video, Jennifer).

Jennifer F. (author)1thadeaus12009-02-02

Thumbs up for putting a cereal box to good use after the cereal is gone! :)

1thadeaus1 (author)jabapyth2009-01-29

?STAPLES? just a put staples in it?

jabapyth (author)jabapyth2008-12-31

also, it makes it more sturdy if you maneuver the joints until they are hidden under other strips

Mr.A-Z (author)2009-12-22

thanks for the instruction! i tried to make a ball inside another ball , and the result is awesome! And , can U gimme another width and length for a smaller ball? I tried but I didn't found a correct one.....

Doyle Newton (author)2009-12-12

I just made another one of these, this time I used a thicker and wider (and different color) material so I made my strips 18" instead of 12" I used for my green ball. I also found and corrected a mistake in my green ball and removed the one black-tape junction I had. The black ball came out larger than expected, I did't really transpose the circumferance formula to see how much larger it would be. I can tell you the black ball feels much sturdier. I thought about making the green ball inside but nahhh I like having two seperate ones for now.

Jennifer F. (author)Doyle Newton2009-12-16

These are really cool!  I think it would be a neat thing to try to make one ball inside the other, but they look good on their own as well :)

You can experiment in lots of ways with the width and length of the strips to see what you come up with.  With the strips I used, you end up with a fairly sturdy ball that is not too difficult to weave.

Doyle Newton (author)2009-12-11

Hey, you know that wrapping material for material to palletts like at The Home Depot (I work there part time). I pulled some out the trash can and with the help of my 11 year old daughter this is what we made. I love the translucent green, I also have solid black and green I am going to try next and maybe a multi-colored one too. Any way, I pulled this stuff out of the trash can last time I worked.
I used clear tape on all my joints except one, the first one I used black electrical tape, I just made sure I wrapped the tape around a few times, this material is pretty springy.

ls86 (author)2009-11-13

Keep up the great work!Got my football right second time around.Thought the most important part was laying out the paper strips and making sure that they overlap each other correctly.Once I got that right, the rest was straight-forward.

localcynic (author)2009-08-16

Huzzah for getting it on the first try!!!!!! The "follow one strip and see if it's under, over, under...etc." works well!

qwertyman10 (author)2009-08-15

Actually, I just fixed mine and now it looks almost perfect. A good technique is to look around one strip all the way and make sure it goes over,under, etc.

qwertyman10 (author)2009-08-15

I definitely have yet to master this. But when i do, it'll be awesome! Every thing is perfect (well, geometrically) except for the one top side.I tried to do this with tape. big mistake .Fun anyway, though.

xilefakamot (author)2009-06-19

I made one inside another one - it looked pretty good until it fell apart. I think In just need practice.

Moomoomilk (author)2009-06-12

:O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O sorry my mouth is ajar and i think my brain spilled out all i got is emotocons :(

Moomoomilk (author)Moomoomilk2009-06-12

i felt the need to reply this is an amazing craft, i'll prolly make like 57.8 over the summer! i <3 your origami, KEEP ON FOLDIN!

1thadeaus1 (author)2009-01-29

wow. nice tut! thx! i think ima gonna go make me one now...tx!


rufflesal (author)2009-01-02

Thankyou! Thankyou! Thankyou! I have been searching high and low how to build a Sepak Takraw ball and you pretty much explain it here!. I am going to try and make a ball from coke bottle plastic or some form of thin plastic. your the greatest - thanks again. :D I want to teach myself Sepak Takraw and I couldn't get one of the balls here in Brisbane so now I know how to make one.

big (author)rufflesal2009-01-29

I agree. This is the first place with the right instructions.

zetlin (author)rufflesal2009-01-13

ypur from msia right or somewhere around there

Jennifer F. (author)rufflesal2009-01-02

You're very welcome! :) I hope it works out with the plastic!

big (author)2009-01-29

I was not able to receive the economic book 'First Steps to A Thousand Paper Cranes 'from eBay, because they sells only in USA (I live in Italy). I am interested only in the Greek Soccer Ball pages. Please, there's someone that can scan these pages for me? I will pay for this work. Yhank you in advance.

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