Triskele Paper Globes | Stunning handmade 3D Ornaments


If you are looking for a Paper Craft with the wow factor then you have come to the right place: Triskele Paper Globes are in my absolute Top 5 list of Paper Craft Projects! And *wink soon to be in yours, too!

So what are Triskele Paper Globes?

Plain and simple: they are stunning and look fabulous. With its beautiful shape and elegant design, Triskele Paper Globes appear to be really tricky to make. But let me tell you: they are not!

This paper-folding design consists of three strips of paper that when interlocked turn into a 3D paper ball shape. Of course, I will show you how to make them! Here is a little introductory video for you to enjoy… 

(This video is a little introduction, only. I have created many video tutorials that show you in normal speed and step by step how to make them. You can find these with the individual Triskele Paper Globe Bundles.)

I first came across this design when I stumbled upon Mariët’s blog post in which she decorates such paper ball with Zentangle patterns. I was intrigued by the 3D paper ball shape and knew I had to give it a try. I fell in love and started decorating the first few and knew many of you would love to color and craft these just as much as me. Today, you can choose from many Triskele Paper Globe Bundles. Find your favorite bundle(s) further below. 

The naming of Triskele Paper Globes?

I started searching the internet for more information and in particular looked for a name for these beauties but came up with nada (nothing). I was surprised. I felt though such gorgeous shape and elegant design deserved a better name than just ‘Paper Ball, Ornament or Bauble’.  So I shared my find with the Hattifant Facebook community and asked them for help. There was much excitement. And TRISKELE PAPER GLOBES sounded perfect to many! 

Throughout the years I also discovered them under the name of ‘Click Balls or Ornaments’ and ‘Plop Plop Balls’.

But ‘Triskele’ means what exactly?!

A triskele describes a triple spiral motif: three symmetrical swirls emanate from a single point. The name itself comes from the Greek words ‘tri’ and ‘skelos’ meaning ‘three legs’. 

The designs’ origin dates back far into history and has been found across the globe with the oldest in Malta (4400-3600 BC) but also carved in stones for example at New Grange, Ireland, ancient Greece, Italy, Korea, and Japan. In fact, it is believed to be among the oldest spiritual symbols created by humans altogether.

‘3’ being a sacred number in Celtic belief, it doesn’t surprise that the ‘triskele’ has been and still is of high importance in Celtic culture. The symbol has a variety of meanings: past, present and future; life, death and rebirth; earth, water and sky; creation, protection and destruction to name a few.

If you would like to learn more about ‘triskeles’ then I found this article most interesting.

For Math enthusiasts:

For those interested in exploring ‘Triskeles’ mathematically, I encourage you to read what ‘Loop Space’ has to say about ‘Triskele Curves’. I would like to thank Paula Beardell Krieg for having initialized this direction of conversation.

I hope you enjoyed finding out more about Triskele Paper Globes. Read on to learn how to make your own in a Video Tutorial I created for you. Further below you will find a list of all currently available Triskele Paper Globe Bundles. Follow the individual links to learn more about your favorite Triskele Paper Globe Bundle.

HOW TO make your own:

For the Triskele Paper Globe Craft you will need:

  • template
  • paper (120-150gsm/32-40lb)
  • scoring tool & safety mat
  • scissors
  • double sided tape and glue
  • coloring pens

Enjoy the video and give it a like on YouTube as well. Have subscribed to my YouTube Channel, yet?! :)))

As you can see in the video, the globe looks really tricky to make but as soon as you know how it’s done it is a pretty straight forward craft. Now, I know you will want to try it yourself! I have prepared a free blank template for you that you can download in the next section where I introduce all Triskele Paper Globe Bundles to you!

Hattifant’s Triskele Paper Globe Bundles

There are quite a few Triskele Paper Globe Bundles available for you. Have fun exploring. I am also working on colored versions of these. Please come back again in the near future for those.

FREEBIE Triskele Paper Globe Template

Enjoy this complimentary Triskele Paper Globe template and see if this 3D Paper Craft is for you. 🙂 Click on the image above or here to download the template! Happy crafting!

ORIGINAL Triskele Paper Globe Bundle

In this bundle you will find 10 unique designs exploring various topics from flowers to fish, Mandalas, hearts and patterns for you to color and craft. I recommend the ORIGINAL Triskele Paper Globe Bundle to everyone as the perfect introduction to Triskele Paper Globes.

HOLIDAY themed Triskele Paper Globes

Here is a collection of available Holiday related Triskele Paper Globe Bundles for you to choose from!

CHRISTMAS Triskele Paper Globe Bundle

Just like the Original Triskele Paper Globe Bundle I offer you here 10 uniquely designed Christmas themed designs for you to color and craft. There are Christmas trees, bows & bells, woodland animals and stars to name a few.

SPECIAL | Colored Selection of Christmas Triskele Paper Globes

If you do not have time to color yourself but wish to craft some Christmas Triskele Paper Globes nonetheless then I can offer you this selection of 4 colored Globes from the in the Christmas Triskele Paper Globe Bundle.

Christmas Pattern Edition | Advent Calendar Option

This bundle comes in stylish red, turquoise and grey. I created 25 unique patterns so you can craft your own Advent or Christmas Countdown Calendar. Of course, I have added pretty number labels for you to add to each globe. More here!

HANNUKAH themed Triskele Paper Globes

Color, craft and decorate your home with these gorgeous Hanukkah themed Triskele Paper Globes. There are 10 uniquely designed Globes waiting for you! I even created a Dreidel Triskele Paper Globe version for you!!!

SEASONS themed  Triskele Paper Globes

There are currently two Spring inspired Triskele Paper Globe Bundles available to color and craft.

SPRING Flower Edition Triskele Paper Globe Bundle

This bundle comes with 10 gorgeous flower pattern filled designs. Depending on the colors you choose this is not only necessarily a bundle for Spring. Lots of flower doodles to fulfil your coloring needs. 🙂

Triskele Paper Globes | Flower Dizziness

With a definite Spring and Summer feel this bundle will help you craft your way through the warmer months of the year. 10 most decorative globes with various degrees of complexity will give your home most certainly a fresh vibe.

SPECIAL OCCASION themed Triskele Paper Globe Bundles

We start off this category with some cute Birthday Party Invitations.

Triskele Paper Globe BIRTHDAY INVITES

There are two sizes and different colors available. Either print on A4/US Letter sized paper (prints smaller version than in picture) or head to your print shop nearby to make GIANT invitations. There is space on the printable for you to add all the important little details for your party.

Triskele Paper Globes PAPER CUTS

FLORAL Triskele Paper Globe PAPER CUT #1

For those whom enjoy paper cutting I created this floral Triskele Paper Globe Paper Cut. You can choose to add color or leave white. More here…

Triskele Paper Globe PAPER CUT continued #2

The 2nd Triskele Paper GLobe Paper Cut has a more modern sleek pattern design. Find it here!

SPECIAL Triskele Paper Globe PAPER CUT – Weekend Bundle

If you like both Triskele Paper Globe PAPER CUTS #1 and #2 (see above) then you can opt for this fun special Weekend Bundle. It includes both Triskele Paper Globe Paper Cuts and a cute Mandala Paper Cut on top!

3D FLOWER Triskele Paper Globe PAPER CUT #3

A product of love, endurance and patience: This 3D Flower Triskele Paper Globe Paper Cut has a particularly delicate appearance. A special 3D effect is added by lifting up petals and leaves from the original flat paper cutting design.

Triskele Paper Globe PUPPETS

I also have some fun Triskele Paper Globe creations for our little ones: Triskele Paper Globe Puppets!

Triskele Paper Globe PUPPETS – Leprechauns

Bring St. Patricks Day to life with the cute Leprechaun Paperball Puppets! Find out more here!

Triskele Paper Globe PUPPETS – Christmas Elves

Those cheeky but loving little Christmas Elves invaded our Christmas Tree last year!!! Find out more here!

I hope you enjoyed this excursion into Triskele Paper Globe Wonderland! 🙂 I will of course create more bundles for this superduper awesome 3D Paper Craft! So come back soon to find something new.

And if you have read up to here and are still looking for the FREEBIE Triskele Paper Globe and Tutorial then please visit here!

What do others say about Triskele Paper Globes:

Below find a selection of reviews made by happy crafters on Etsy…


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