video How To Weave A Greek Paper "Football"
Learn how to weave a Greek paper ball. The holes look like the pentagons on a football.
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Diaphane2 years ago
I made one, turned out great! thank you for this intructable!
Fengathor7 years ago
Sweet, this is awesome and i can use these instructions to make a takraw ball. +1
Exactly! It IS a takraw ball!
big Fengathor6 years ago
Did you make the takraw ball? Please, have you some photo?
Fengathor big6 years ago
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.
I love Sepak Takraw!
supersaddy7 years ago
well i tried.....
Your paper was just too "soft" -- I think you diid it just about right.
REA supersaddy6 years ago
i lol'd. im going to try this later.
Mine ended up as a beautiful... crumpled up ball in the trash. ;)
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
HAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is hilarious!!!! I mean.. I'm sorry to hear that. (giggle)
hahahha silly. unexpected too...lol nice
Jennifer F. (author)  supersaddy6 years ago
oh dear :D Did you use tape to help hold the strips down as you worked with them? Because it's really difficult otherwise :)
Yeah i guess u did try LOL!! :P
janemermaid3 years ago
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?
I've found a 20:1 length:width ratio works for the strips.
ericocean4 years ago
Thank you for a very clear instructable with a beautiful result. Simple and sweet!
 do you think this would be possible with string?
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. :]
elga4 years ago
es sencillamente hermosa, me encanta su sitio GRACIAS
calcitrix5 years ago
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!
jabapyth6 years ago
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
i took ur idea and used a frootloops cereal box. thx 4 the idea! heres the pic.
 wats with the gun
your welcome! I'm glad it worked out.
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)  1thadeaus16 years ago
Thumbs up for putting a cereal box to good use after the cereal is gone! :)
?STAPLES? just a thought...lol put staples in it?
also, it makes it more sturdy if you maneuver the joints until they are hidden under other strips
Mr.A-Z5 years ago

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.....

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 Newton5 years ago
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.
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.
ls865 years ago
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.

localcynic6 years ago
Huzzah for getting it on the first try!!!!!! The "follow one strip and see if it's under, over, under...etc." works well!
qwertyman106 years ago
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.
qwertyman106 years ago
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.
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