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How to Make a Tissue Paper Ball
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Tissue paper wins the thrifty decoration contest every time. Turn one of the cheapest items at the craft store into a bright, beautiful art project.
- 20 x 30 inch (51 x 76 centimeter) tissue paper sheets will make a ball slightly larger than your head.  X Research source 10 x 5 in. (25 x 12 cm) sheets make roughly fist-sized balls.  X Research source
- If you're using small sheets of tissue paper, make roughly ½ in. (2.5 cm) folds instead. You should be able to make at least 16 folds (eight forward, eight back).
- You should end up with a long "bow tie" shape. Don't tie the wire around both halves, or you'll end up with a fan shape instead.
- Leave ½ in (2.5 cm) of extra wire if you want to attach the balls to other objects.  X Research source
- Bring the fold around to form a circle.
- Tug the top sheet of paper gently upward to start the ball. Do this on both sides of the fold.
- Repeat for the top ⅓ of the stack (roughly).
- Flip the stack over. Repeat for the top ⅓ on the other side.
- Turn the ball on its side. Tug apart the remaining sheets of paper to complete the ball.
- Tie a length of fishing line or string around the ball's wire. Hang it from a ceiling fixture, or attach to the ceiling using tape or an adhesive hook.
- Place them on top of vases to make "Dr Seuss flowers."
- Make miniature balls and tie them around napkins for a pretty place setting.
- Stick small balls on wooden skewers to top a birthday cake.
Things You'll Need
- Tissue paper, 8–14 large sheets
- Floral wire or craft wire
- Fishing line (monofilament) or string
- Use half the number of sheets to make a dome instead. Tape these on to windows or other vertical surfaces.  X Research source ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- The ball may sag over the course of a couple days. Fluff it up and tug apart the sheets to restore it.  X Research source ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
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- ↑ http://www.marthastewart.com/265163/pom-poms-and-luminarias-how-to
- ↑ http://ruffledblog.com/do-it-yourself-tissue-paper-pomanders/
- ↑ http://www.allthingsthrifty.com/2010/04/tutorial-making-tissue-paper-balls.html
- ↑ http://www.darlingdoodlesdesign.com/2013/04/tissue-pom-pom-tutorial.html
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDiGHGzGXK0
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How to Crumple a Paper Ball
In many cases you may find that a piece of paper is much more useful in a more compact, ball-like form. Below is described a method that greatly increases the ease with which you can throw paper from across the room or notify others that it is no longer of importance and can be thrown away.
- Try to use paper that's already outdated, such as junk mail, scrap paper, etc.
- Don't get a paper cut.
- Don't throw paper balls at people or animals as it may hurt them (physically and/or mentally and/or emotionally).
Things You'll Need
- A sheet of paper
- Hands or other crumpling implements
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Paper Ball Run Challenge
This engineering challenge is based on an internal competition designed by employees at Fluor Corporation.
Build a ball run that takes as long as possible for the ball to travel from the entrance to the exit.
You might know them by different names: ball run, marble run, ball machine, or rolling ball sculpture. Whatever you call them, these devices start out with at least one ball at the top, and the ball works its way to the bottom as it rolls, bounces, and travels through various features and obstacles (Figure 1).
This Engineering Challenge is inspired by ball runs like those in Figure 1. As shown in the following video, your goal is to build a ball run using only paper and tape, but there's a twist. You want to make the ball take as long as possible to make it through your ball run.
You can use this project to explore several topics in physics and engineering. Rather than explain each topic in detail, this Background section will give you a brief overview, and you can do more research on your own or use the links in the Bibliography.
- Kinematics is the study of motion. How are quantities like distance , time , and velocity related? What do they have to do with the ball's path and how long it takes to travel through your machine?
- Your ball run uses different forms of energy . The ball has gravitational potential energy when it is placed at the top of the machine. Some of this energy is converted to kinetic energy (the energy of motion) as the ball gains speed. Some of this energy is lost to friction and converted to thermal energy (heat) as the ball moves. When the ball collides or bounces off something, some of the kinetic energy is converted to other forms, like acoustic energy (sound).
- Your ball run might make use of different simple machines , like levers , inclined planes (ramps) , or even a wheel and axle . How can you incorporate different simple machines into the design of your ball run? How can they slow the ball down?
- If you make your ball run taller, it can take longer for the ball to travel through it. However, building a taller ball run can be difficult. It needs to be sturdy so it does not fall over. For example, you might need to connect beams in triangular shapes to form trusses to support a tall ball run.
- You can use this project to practice the engineering design process . You will need to design, build, and test your ball run, and then change it or make improvements, and test again. This process is called iteration .
Terms and Concepts
- Gravitational potential energy
- Kinetic energy
- Thermal energy
- Acoustic energy
- Simple machine
- Inclined plane
- Wheel and axle
- Engineering design process
- How can you build a basic ball run with paper and tape?
- How can you slow the ball down, or make it take longer to travel through the ball run?
- Henderson, T. (n.d.). 1-D Kinematics . The Physics Classroom. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
- Henderson, T. (n.d.). Work, Energy, and Power . The Physics Classroom. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
- Science Buddies Staff (n.d.). The Engineering Design Process . Science Buddies. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
Materials and Equipment
If you want to compare your results to those of other students who did the 2022 Engineering Challenge , you can only use the materials listed below.
- Paper (maximum 30 sheets). Printer, construction, graph, and notebook paper are allowed (letter or A4 size; 9" x 12" or 22 x 30-cm construction paper also allowed). Cardstock and newspaper are not allowed .
- Tape (maximum one roll), maximum 1" (2.5 cm) wide. Clear office tape (e.g. Scotch®), masking, and painter's tape are allowed. Double-sided tape, duct tape, and packing tape are not allowed .
- Flat surface, such as floor, table, or countertop
- Tape measure or meterstick
- Ping pong ball , also known as a table tennis ball (1)
- Lab notebook
The objective of the Paper Ball Run Challenge is to build a ball run that takes as long as possible for the ball to get from the entrance to the exit of the run. Figure 2 shows several examples. If you have not already done so, watch the video for an overview of the challenge before you proceed.
- The run must stand on a flat horizontal surface like the floor or a table/countertop/desk/ piece of cardboard. It can be taped to this surface. It cannot be taped to or supported by anything else (the ceiling, walls, furniture, a person, etc.).
- The entrance point is where the ball is placed into the run. It must be at least 10 inches (25 cm) above the supporting surface.
- The exit point is where the ball exits the run. It must be at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) above the surface.
- The ball cannot be modified in any way or have anything attached to it.
- The ball must be gently placed into the run to start. It cannot be dropped from above the run, thrown, flicked, etc.
- Time starts when the ball is placed in the run and ends when the ball exits the run.
- After the ball has entered the run, you cannot touch the ball or the run, or influence their motion in any way (e.g., by blowing on the ball, shaking the table, or tilting the run, etc.).
- If the ball gets stuck in the run, you must remove the ball and start over. A ball is considered stuck if it does not move for more than 10 seconds.
Before you start building anything, it is a good idea to brainstorm different designs. Try sketching your designs out on paper (paper used for sketching does not count toward the total used to build your ball run). Remember that there is a potential trade-off in your design. Your score depends on both how long it takes the ball to travel through your ball run and how much paper you use. While it will make the ball take longer if you make your ball run taller or add more obstacles to slow the ball down, it will also use more paper. Can you use paper efficiently to make your ball run take as long as possible? Note that you can cut the paper, but the amount of paper you use is rounded up to the nearest whole sheet.
Once you have decided on a design, it is time to start building. You might want to build your ball run from the bottom up, testing different sections as you built it to make sure the ball does not get stuck and making sure the ball run does not collapse. Your design might not work as you planned, and this is OK! Engineers do not always get things right on the first try. If your ball run does not work like you thought it would, you can modify it or even go "back to the drawing board" and start over with a new design. Only paper used in your final design counts when calculating your score.
When you have completed your ball run, test it by gently placing the ping pong ball in the entrance, then letting go. Watch the ball to see if it makes it all the way to the exit of the ball run without getting stuck for more than 10 seconds. What do you observe? Are there places where you can add or change things to slow the ball down even more? When you are done testing, make sure you count the total number of sheets of paper used in your final design
When you are ready to do the official test, follow these steps:
- Get your stopwatch ready. A volunteer can help with this step.
- Place the ball in the ball run. Start the stopwatch as soon as you let go of the ball.
- Watch the ball carefully. Stop the stopwatch as soon as the ball exits the ball run.
Calculate your score using this equation:
Remember that the number of sheets of paper is equal to the number used in your final design, rounded up to the nearest whole sheet. Paper used in earlier prototypes or for sketches does not count.
If your ball run takes more than one minute, you will need to convert from minutes to seconds before calculating your score. You can do so using this equation:
For example, a time of 1 minute and 30 seconds (1:30) is 60×1 + 30 = 90 seconds.
For troubleshooting tips, please read our FAQ: Paper Ball Run Challenge .
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How to Make a Paper Football
The Spruce / Rita Shehan
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 1 football and goal
- Skill Level: Kid-friendly
Keep your young children occupied when the adults in the house want to watch football with a kid version of the game. Not everyone is an avid football fan, but almost everyone will enjoy playing the simplified version of table football.
Paper or "flick" football is a game that is loosely based on the rules of American football, and it's an entertaining table game that all ages will love. The object of the game is for two opponents to flick a paper football across a tabletop to make a touchdown. A touchdown is when the ball hangs off the edge of the table without falling. After scoring a touchdown, the player gets to flick the paper football through the goal.
Some versions of the game require you to use your fingers to form a goal. Others suggest making a goal from wood craft or ice pop sticks. It's up to you to decide which version of paper football you want to play. After you make this football, make other footballs for your game-friendly household.
What You'll Need
Equipment / tools.
- Hot glue gun
- Sharp serrated kitchen knife
- Bone folder or ruler
- 1 sheet 8.5-inch by 11-inch paper
- Black or brown marker (optional)
- 5 Thin wood craft sticks or ice pop sticks
- 2 1/2 inch Plastic foam ball
For the football: cut a piece of paper in half.
Fold the 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch sheet of paper in half vertically, from side to side ("hot dog" style).
Best Paper for Folded Footballs
You will have better luck folding your football when using thinner paper, such as computer or lined notebook paper, rather than thicker paper sheets. Often when using thick paper, it becomes almost impossible to fold the paper in the last steps of the project.
Prepare to Fold Your Rectangle
You should now have a paper rectangle that is approximately 4 1/4 inches tall by 11 inches wide. It's ready for folding.
Fold the Rectangle
Fold the paper rectangle lengthwise (bottom to top). Use a bone folder to sharply flatten the crease.
Bone Folder Substitute
Use a ruler to do the job of a bone folder if you don't have that specific tool.
Make the First Horizontal Paper Fold
Starting at the right end of the folded half sheet of paper, fold the upper right corner downwards so that the top right corner is now aligned with the bottom edge.
Why a Bone Folder Helps
Make sure to press each continuous fold down with your bone folder. This tool helps keep your paper football project folded evenly.
Make the Second Horizontal Paper Fold
Grasp the bottom right edge point and fold to the left.
Make the Third Horizontal Paper Fold
Grasp the bottom right point and fold upwards so that the point is aligned with the top edge.
Make the Fourth Horizontal Paper Fold
Grasp the top right point and fold so that the point is aligned with the top edge.
Make the Fifth Horizontal Paper Fold
Grasp the top right point and fold so that the point is aligned with the bottom edge.
Make the Sixth Horizontal Paper Fold
Grasp the bottom right point and fold so that the point is aligned with the bottom edge.
Make the Seventh Horizontal Paper Fold
Grasp the bottom right point and fold so that it is aligned with the top edge.
Make the Last Paper Fold
Fold the leftover paper diagonally onto itself from the bottom left corner toward the right, aligning the corner with the centerfold.
Tuck Into the Triangle Pocket
Tuck the left side of your triangle into the center pocket.
Making Better Tucks
You may have to fold over the left bottom tip to get it to slide easily into the center pocket. It may also help to squeeze the inner pocket open a bit to give you more room to push the left side of the triangle into the paper football.
Decorate Your Paper Football
Though optional, mark up your paper football with black or brown markers to make it look more like an authentic football.
For the Goal: Determine the Size
Determine how big you want your goal to be and use a sturdy pair of scissors to easily cut your craft or ice pop sticks to size.
Make the Goal's Frame
Glue the sticks together to form the goal post with hot glue.
Make the Goal's Base
Cut the plastic foam ball in half with a serrated edge knife. One half of the ball is the goal base, flat side down on the table.
Finish Your Goal
Stick the goal post frame into the top of the rounded plastic foam ball. Your goal stand is finished! If you want, make a simple garland to hang behind your goal.
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How to Make a Round Ball Out of Paper
Paper is one of the primary materials used in origami. Origami paper, or kami as it’s often called, comes in different sizes and shapes. The most common kami size is 18cm x 15cm (7in x 6in), which you can find at any craft store.
However, it’s also available in many other sizes, such as 12cm (5in), 20cm (8in), and 30cm (12in). Origami paper isn’t like regular paper because it has no grain! This means that if you fold it or bend it along its long side, then you’ll end up with a crease that will not disappear.
In this article, I will discuss how to make a round ball out of paper. So let us get started.
Summary: In this creative short summary, we learn how to make a round ball out of paper. First, fold a piece of paper in half so that the two halves are mirror images of each other. Then, crease the fold so that the two halves form a round ball. Next, use a pencil to draw a circle on one half of the ball. Finally, use a pen or your finger to fill in the circle with black ink.
Stepwise Guide on How to Make a Round Ball Out of Paper:
1. Take a square sheet of paper and fold it diagonally in half to get two triangles. After folding, the length of the side should be of the same order of magnitude as that of your desired ball’s diameter.
2. Turn the paper 90 degrees clockwise after making two folds on both triangles so that you have four creases at once.
The direction has to be perpendicular to that which you had made for step 1. Make three more such folds-and-crease combinations, and then open up all these folds to form a square with four flaps or wings.
3. Now, roll the square into a cylinder and place its apexes together to join them firmly, but not tightly. The final result should look like a flat tube with no visible creases on the outside–except for hinges at its four corners.
Remember that it is supposed to be round; hence do not worry about its shape being cylindrical or square!
4. Now fold in the top flaps into the central area of the ball, where all four meet together. You can use glue to fix them in their new position–the flap’s end must naturally bulge out due to this folding activity, which increases the diameter of your ball.
5. With time and patience, your paper ball will turn into a real sphere when you flatten all wings evenly on all sides by applying pressure with your fingers over the wingtips. The flat area of the wings should now be glued together to form a complete spherical surface.
6. If any section of your paper ball appears less round than you would like it to be, then do not hesitate to cut out its deformed sections and glue them back into place before flattening the ball completely!
Precautions While Making a Round Ball Out of Paper:
1) Don’t make it too small. If the ball is too small, then it’ll be difficult to hold on to. However, if you make it 1-2 sizes larger than desired, then you can cut off whatever excess you need after it’s made.
2) Be careful not to rip or burn the paper while making it.
3) Make sure that the surface is smooth.
4) Before making a paper ball, you should be sure about how to make one.
How to Make a Ball With Metal Sheet ?
Flexible metal sheets can be found at construction sites, hardware stores, and electrical shops. In addition, flexible metal sheets are used in air-conditioners or refrigerators.
Cut off a piece of the round flexible metal sheet with a diameter of about 9″ from the roll(as shown in the red circle). Make sure that you have done so using firm grip pliers because it might slip during cutting which could cause injury.
Fold the sheet into half, then fold in half again to make an L-shaped bend in the middle of the sheet. Then turn over, folding it to make an 8 cm square.
Fold the bottom part of the sheet to match up with the top edge of the bent L-shape. Be sure that you are folding it along its length. Then fold down on both sides to make an inverted V-shaped curve at each side of the central side bent line. This definitely gives a round ball shape!
After you have formed the ball shape of the sheet, fold down one side of it to make a round hemisphere.
The folded-over part must be at least 2 cm wide so that it will not easily tear off during the next steps. This is hard to describe in words. You can follow the internet to obtain an idea about this.
Cut out the roll’s three pieces of 0.5 x 9″ acrylic strips. Fold each strip in half, bend them at their middles into an inverted V-shape, then bring them together to form a small loop at their middles (shown by red circles) and tape them firmly.
Wrap the ball-shaped metal sheet with the three acrylic strips using Scotch tape. Make sure that you are wrapping it firmly! Keep applying more layers of tape over the same area instead of moving to another area on the ball. This makes it even stronger!
What Should be the Standard Size of a Ball Made Out of Paper?
There are no standard sizes when it comes to paper balls. You can make one any size you want, with any paper, and in virtually any shape. One large paper ball containing several smaller ones creates a beautiful decoration. For example, you can make a big paper star and put several small red balls inside it. Hang the decoration on your Christmas tree or above the entrance door; it will look amazing!
You can make these round paper balls by yourself and use them for various purposes:
- As a gift (wrap and give away any present in this cute ball);
- As an element of decoration (use them to create stunning holiday decorations or place one or two of these balls on your desk);
- Play with your children (try making some funny figures out of different colors);
- Hang it on the Christmas tree (tape a piece of string to the top of the ball and tie a hook to it, then attach this decoration above your door).
I hope this article has been beneficial for learning how to make a round ball out of paper. Thank you and have a nice day!
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Paper Ball Garland
This paper ball garland craft is perfect as a Christmas decoration and it will also look absolutely adorable at any birthday party (any time of the year).
Making this garland can be quite addicting to be honest, I could make these balls all day ha!
Simple paper garlands (and paper chains, got to love that) make the prettiest decorations if you ask me and they are frugal! You can make a garland like we did or even turn these into tree ornaments!
How to Make a Paper Ball Garland
What you need
- paper in many different colors
- scissors or cutting tool
Cut paper to small strips. The length and width of the strips is totally up to you – the longer it is the bigger the ball will be.
I cut mine across the width of a paper – strips being about half an inch / 1 cm wide.
Gently fold the strips in half so you get a crease in the middle.
Add a dab of glue in the middle and glue on another strip of paper forming a cross. Add two more strips (if your strips are longer you might need to add a few more).
Now fold them towards the top and glue on top to get a ball shape.
Make as many as you want and string them on yarn.
You can get even more creative and decorate these with little sparky gemstones or use Christmas lights instead of yarn to string them (just make sure they are led lights so they don’t heat up).
You can modify this to match any occasion – use all pink for a princess party (or white and blue if you’re going Frozen), red and black for a ladybug party, yellow and black for a bumble bee party… The sky is the limit!
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How to Make Paper Flower Balls for a Flower Garland
Who doesn’t love a fabulous paper flower garland? There are many beautiful ways to create flower garlands. Recently, I decided to turn my pomander balls, also known as flower kissing balls, into a luscious string of paper flower balls that can hang practically anywhere!
Several years ago, I discovered that gluing two paper roses back-to-back was a super easy method of creating kissing balls, often used in wedding décor.
So, today I will show you how to make paper flower balls with this step-by-step tutorial AND turn them into a long flower garland.
Be sure also to watch the full step-by-step videos for both the pomander flower balls and garland at the end of this post.
I did use my Cricut Maker for this tutorial, but even if you do not own a cutting machine , you can still cut by hand with the PDF printable templates.
Supplies Needed for a Paper Ball Garland
- Pomander Kissing Balls template from Catching Colorfiles
- Pomander Kissing Balls template from Etsy
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- 65lb Cardstock
- Scissors or Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore (New to Cricut? Overwhelmed and scared to use that new machine? I can help! )
- Rolling tool & mat (Optional)
- Thin wood dowel for curling
- Twine (for hanging or creating the garland)
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Start by prepping the pomander flowers.
You will be making two roses and gluing them back to back to create the pomander.
- Cut 12 petal layers total. Six for each rose.
- Small pomander – 3 x 3 inches
- Medium pomander – 3.7 x 3.7 inches
- Large pomander – 5 x 5 inches
- Greenery – any size you prefer. I scale mine between 2.5-3.5 inches
- All sizes are made the same way
Step 1 : Using my ruffle rose template, we will make two roses and glue them back to back.
Step 2: Cut out six petal layers for one ruffle rose.
Step 3 : Use a thin wood dowel to curl all the petal’s edges inwards. Repeat for all petal layers.
Use my Paper Blooms shaping mat & toolset to help the leaves stand up. Of course, this is optional- but OH so helpful!
Step 4 : If you are using the mat, roll the center of all six pieces. If you are not using the mat, just make sure to bend the petals up when we get to the assembly.
Step 5 : To start assembly, first, add glue to the bottom of one petal layer and gluing it on top another. Make sure to alternate the bottom petals with the top layers so that they are not directly stacked.
Step 6 : Add your 3rd petal layer the same way. You are folding the petals up slightly as you glue it in.
Step 7 : For the remaining three petal layers, we will fold them up and tuck them all in the same direction.
Step 8 : Once you have them, all tucked the same direction twist the bottom slightly. Tucking helps the petals stay in place.
Step 9 : Glue into the center & fan it out a little once it’s glued in.
Step 10 : Repeat the tuck and twist with the last two petal layers.
Step 11 : Tuck and twist your last petal layer and make sure it’s twisted tightly at the bottom before gluing it in, so the bud center always stays tight.
Step 12 : Glue the final piece in.
Your ruffle rose is complete. Now repeat the whole process to create a second rose.
Step 13 : We will now glue the two roses back to back to create the pomander flower ball. You will naturally see how they meet together like a fitted puzzle piece.
If you want to hang them, use some ribbon or twine to glue between the petals. Or, follow the step-by-step garland tutorial below to add some greenery to your vines.
Step 14 : When using twine or ribbon- add a bit of glue between two petals that naturally overlap and glue in your string. This is perfect for wedding aisle decor (and so many other uses!)
Creating these pomander kissing balls and garland is perfect for Valentines Day, Wedding, Spring-Time, or anytime decor piece. However you choose to use it. I know you will love it!
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Learn how to make these elegant paper pomander flower balls! Attach them to twine for a classic paper flower garland using this step-by-step tutorial.
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1. Prep the pomander flower layers. You need 12 layers total, six for each rose. Follow the below measurements for small, medium, and large pomander flowers:
- Small pomander – 3 x 3 inches
- Medium pomander – 3.7 x 3.7 inches
- Large pomander – 5 x 5 inches
- Greenery – any size you prefer. I scale mine between 2.5-3.5 inches
2. Next, begin making two roses to glue back-to-back. Use a thin wood dowel to curl all the petal’s edges inwards. Repeat for all petal layers. If you are using the Paper Blooms shaping mat & toolset, roll the center of all six petal layers.
3. To start assembly, add glue to the bottom of one petal layer and gluing it on top another. Rotate the petal layers so they not directly stacked. Fold each petal layer slightly up as you glue them together.
4. For the remaining three petal layers, fold them up and tuck them all in the same direction. Glue this group into the center and fan the petals outward once glued.
5. Repeat the tuck and twist with the last two petal layers.
6. Now repeat the whole process to create a second rose.
7. Now glue the two roses back to back to create the pomander flower ball.
8. To add greenery and make a flower ball garland, watch the DIY flower ball garland video tutorial below!
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How To Make A Paper Basketball – 13 Easy Steps
Right now, Basketball is one of the most popular sports going around in the world. All you need are two things- a ball and a hoop to start with.
Kids love to play basketball. Because this is fun. This is exciting. There is never a dull moment in this game. Children love doing exercises, especially when it is hidden in a competitive and thrilling sport like basketball. Hence playing with the best portable basketball hoop shall create more enthusiasm.
They show tremendous hand eye co-ordination, fine motor skills, improved flexibility and endurance. As a young kid, whenever there is a scope to have the ball in their hand, they hardly let it go.
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But what if your mom says you can’t play with the ball inside the house? Because it can get really noisy out there. In addition to this, there is a greater possibility that you may break things or shatter your windows.
That is exactly the reason why most often parents don’t allow their children to play inside the house. Besides, not all the kids may have the capability to own a basketball.
So, what should they do now? Should they give up playing the game that they adore most?
No, they don’t need to. Instead, they can try to make something out of the local materials. In this situation, paper basketball is the way to go. With paper basketball in your hand, now you can easily play inside your house. But how to make a paper basketball?
To make various shapes, Paper is a sensational medium to have at your disposal. Can you tell me what is most amazing about things made of paper? Paper is really a low-cost material. It is extremely easy to manufacture.
These paper basketballs do begin with a simple circle. In fact, this is so simple to make that you can decorate and craft it all by yourself. The overall process is easy to understand and absolutely safe for the children as well. Make it colorful according to your liking. Kids will have tons of fun with their friends.
So, why not try making a paper basketball to show the love and passion you have for the sport? Let me give you some instructions on how to make a paper basketball.
- Newspaper or paper (amount certainly depends on the size of the ball that you want for your kids)
- Any type of scotch tape
- Color paper (orange)
- Black permanent marker
Yeah, there are several ways by which you can make paper basketball. But we always try to help our readers with the best information possible.
This is why we have enlisted the easiest way for you to make a paper basketball. With that now, you can easily make a paper basketball by purely following these instructions.
Step 1: Collect some old magazine or newspaper. Any type of discarded paper will also do.
Step 2: Now you take a sheet of paper on your hands and fold it to form a round shape as the basketball.
Step 3: Then crumple the paper into a circle and you need to create a basic paper ball shape.
Step 4: You should wrap the other paper onto your crumpled paper.
Step 5: Repeat the same process to another piece of paper. It will now get bigger and bigger.
Step 6: Continue crumpling until you think this size will be OK for you.
Step 7: Hold the grip tightly with your hands.
Step 8: Now, you need to work with your drawing compass. When you’re adjusting your compass keep in mind that the span between the tip and pencil is kept half as wide as you prefer your basketball to be.
After that you need to place the point of the compass at the center of your color paper. Keep holding it in place with the small shaft at the top of compass. Spin the compass carefully and use pencil to draw the perfect circle onto the paper.
Step 9: Utilize a scissor to cut the circle out from the paper.
Step 10: How do you draw a basketball? Now it is time to bring a real basketball image on the circle paper. Draw two lines on the circle paper. One vertical and other is horizontal. The vertical line should be going across the center of the orange circle, and the horizontal line must be across the center of the vertical line.
Make it look like a black plus sign by using a ruler and black permanent marker. You should also draw two semi circles at either side of the horizontal line.
Step 11: Nicely place the orange paper onto the crumbling ball now.
Step 12: Bring the tape and wrap it around your paper shaped ball.
Step 13: This is not any instruction really. Yeah, finally you’re ready to play!
Now you see, how simple it is to make a ball out of paper? Challenge your friends and see who can score more points. Surely your mom won’t be screaming at you now. Cheers!
Tips 1. When you design the ball, it will be much easier to paint for you if you have a basketball or an image of basketball on your hand. Besides, you can also choose any other design over the ball.
Tips 2. If you want, you’re free to fill the whole paper shaped ball with the tape.
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Easy Paper Funnel
Introduction: Easy Paper Funnel
I decided to tidy up my spices and put some of them into more uniform jars. To make the transfer easier, I make a simple funnel from scrap paper. A paper funnel is also useful when adding peppercorns to a pepper grinder. The funnel size and hole size can be customized to the job, and once you've finished, you can just discard or recycle the funnel.
Step 1: Cut and Fold Paper Square
- Cut the edge of the folded paper into a curve so that the paper, when unfolded, will be round, rather than square. This doesn't have to be perfect - I didn't draw a line, I just cut it freehand.
Step 2: Cut Out Part of Circle and Tape Into a Cone Shape
- Overlap the sections of the paper to form a cone and tape edge in place
Step 3: Cut Out Opening at End of Funnel
Flatten the cone, and cut an inverted V shape at the end of the cone to form the hole. The hole size should be large enough to allow the items you plan to transfer to flow freely, but small enough to fit easily within the jar opening. You can make the hole larger if it isn't big enough.
Now your funnel is ready to use. Happy spice organizing!
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Perfect Cake Pops: All the Basics You’ll Ever Need to Know
More beautiful than brownies , cuter than cupcakes , more petite than pie , cake pops are one of the most adorable treats you’ll ever hold. And one of the most delicious desserts you’ll ever eat!
I can’t imagine any other dessert that makes me smile and giggle with an unnecessary amount of happiness more than cake pops.
Covered in colorful icing and bedazzled with sprinkles, they’re so pretty! And so much fun!
They are the perfect sweet ending for so many occasions, especially for any event that has a theme, since they can be easily customized with bright colors and decorations.
And because they’re bite-sized, one pop is the perfect serving to keep you partying and celebrating without weighing you down.
If you want to make these little delights for an upcoming party, but need a little guidance, learn how to make them right here!
While they might seem like a breeze to make, a time-intensive process is actually required to prepare them the right way.
And it can get very messy very quickly if you’re not organized.
This article goes over all the basics you’ll ever need to know to make the most gorgeous handheld treats, without splattering your kitchen in an explosion of confetti jimmies and melted chocolate smears.
I’ve been there. To this day, I’m still stepping on tiny rainbow nonpareils…
Learn from my mistakes, and follow my step-by-step photo guide that thoroughly explains each stage of the process.
From getting neat and organized in the beginning, to applying the very last sprinkle on top, I share all the advice you need to make the perfect pops – so keep reading!
Perfect Cake Pops
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- Author: Nikki Cervone
- Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
- Yield: 20 - 30 cake balls 1 x
Want to serve perfect cake pops for a party? Need some help with the process? Learn all the basics on how to make them with Foodal’s step-by-step guide.
- 2 8-inch baked and cooled cake rounds, any flavor
- 1/2 cup icing, any flavor
- 3 12-ounce bags of chocolate candy wafers, assorted colors
- Vegetable shortening
- Sprinkles and decorations, assorted colors
- 20 – 30 skinny wooden lollipop sticks
- Large foam board
- In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, crumble the cake rounds until no large chunks remain.
- By hand or with the paddle attachment, mix in the icing a little at a time, starting off with just a couple of tablespoons. Mix until a dense, but still crumbly, dough forms that you can mold into balls with your hands. Be careful that the mixture does not get too soft and moist. You may not need to use all of the icing. Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes, until chilled.
- Measure about 2 tablespoons of the cake mixture and roll into a tight, uniform ball with your hands. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
- When ready to dip in chocolate, remove the chilled balls from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate candy wafers according to package instructions. If it looks too thick for dipping, mix in vegetable shortening one teaspoon at a time to thin it. Let cool slightly, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
- Dip a lollipop stick in the melted chocolate, and insert in the cake ball, pushing halfway to stop at the center. Allow to harden at room temperature, or place back in the refrigerator for a couple minutes.
- Dip the cake ball in the chocolate until completely covered. Gently tap the stick against the edge of the bowl to remove excess melted chocolate.
- If using decorations on the base layer, immediately apply before the coating sets.
- Stick each pop upright in the foam block to harden and set. Wait for 15 minutes to apply another layer of decorations. Allow to set completely before serving immediately, or storing in the refrigerator until ready to serve. These can be stored for up to one week.
- Prep Time: 2 hours
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Cake
- Method: Baking, No-Cook
- Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: cake, icing, sprinkles
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Step 1 – bake.
For the cake base, you can use your favorite recipe, in whatever flavor you prefer. Vanilla and chocolate are my go-to flavors for crowd-pleasing pops.
For fun variations, you can try using recipes like carrot or banana . For more inspiration, take a look at all of our recipes to find one that you like .
Or, you can use our DIY yellow cake mix. But you can also use a store-bought boxed mix. Like I did. With my pops.
Still tastes amazing!
Whatever you use, whether you’re working from scratch or taking a few shortcuts, make sure it’s a simple recipe. Small ingredients like nuts and dried fruit will be fine once they’re tightly rolled together to form balls. However, I would not use any recipes for upside-down cakes – it would end up as a sticky mess in ball form!
Once they’re baked, make sure that they are completely cool before crumbling and decorating.
Step 2 – Gather and Prep
This step is essential! Take the time to gather and organize all the tools and ingredients you’ll need for each step.
I like to use the checklist below to make sure I have all of my essentials:
- Make sure there is space in your fridge to chill the pops.
- Prep a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Prep your Styrofoam block with holes the same size as the sticks.
- Set out the baked cake and icing.
- Set out a large bowl, or your mixing bowl, for making the balls.
- Set out mixing spoons, spatulas, and scoopers for portioning .
- Place your candy wafers in microwave-safe bowls for melting.
- Place your sprinkles or other decorations in bowls on a tray.
- Put your candy sticks in a jar.
- Have extra plates available to place dirty spoons and miscellaneous items.
- Have a wet washcloth and dry washcloth for cleaning and wiping.
Don’t be fooled by how cute and small they are – a lot of maintenance and care is required to make them look so perfect! But when you prep your work station, tools, and ingredients, you’ll work more quickly and efficiently.
All hail the cake pop master!
Step 3 – Mix Together
Just like the cake, the icing you use is totally up to you, depending on the flavor profile you want.
Try any of my recipes for icing: classic fluffy frosting , Swiss meringue buttercream , or cocoa fudge frosting will all be divine choices.
Vegan? Try our non-dairy option for icing !
There is just one very important rule to follow:
DON’T. ADD. TOO. MUCH. ICING.
You need just enough to moisten the cake to mold and form it into balls. The base itself already has a high fat content, so you don’t need to add too much extra icing.
If there is too much icing, the pops will be waaaaaay too soft. Which leads to quite a few problems:
They won’t hold their shape properly, they’ll fall off the sticks when you dip them, they’ll cause the chocolate to crack once it sets…
As someone who was silly enough to dump in a HUGE bowl of icing on my very first time making these, take my advice: Work with small scoopfuls of icing, pretty please!
In a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, crumble your cake. If using a stand mixer , you can use the paddle attachment to break it up on low speed.
By hand or with the paddle attachment, mix in the icing a little at a time, starting off with just a couple tablespoons. Mix until a dense but crumbly dough forms that you can mold into balls with your hands.
Step 4 – Form the Balls
Once the icing has been completely incorporated into the base, let it chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
Measure about 2 tablespoons of the cake mixture, using a tablespoon or a small cookie scoop.
With your hands, roll into a tight, uniform ball, applying gentle pressure to press the mixture together with no cracks or openings.
Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
I would definitely use parchment paper for this, rather than a silicone baking mat . The nonstick coating collects all the oil from each pop at the bottom, which you’ll need to wipe off before coating in chocolate.
Skip this unnecessary step! The parchment paper absorbs any extra oil that seeps out of each ball.
Refrigerate for about 1 hour to allow them to chill and harden before coating.
One of the biggest concerns with decorating these fun desserts is trying to avoid any severe temperature changes, to ensure the melted chocolate coats smoothly and sets without any issues.
You don’t want the cake balls to be too cold or too warm before you dip them, but just firm and chilled enough.
If they are too cold, the chocolate will set prematurely and crack as it settles. If they are too warm, they will be too soft to dip properly in the melted chocolate.
Step 5 – Melt the Coating
Chocolate candy wafers are the easiest and most accessible type of chocolate to use to cover the cake balls. Also known as candy melts, these are typically found in the cake decorating aisle of most grocery stores or craft stores.
Made with sugar and vegetable oils, these typically include no cocoa butter like regular chocolate does. With their small wafer shapes, they are easy to melt and re-melt. And with a variety of colors available, you can customize your desserts however you wish!
Follow the package instructions for melting procedures. I like to use a mug for my melted chocolate, as I can use the handle to control how I dip each cake pop.
Once melted, allow the chocolate to rest, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes to cool slightly.
Again, we are avoiding any extreme temperature differences – letting the coating cool for a few minutes before dipping brings it closer to the temperature of the cake pop.
Chocolate too thick? Stir in vegetable shortening just a few teaspoons at a time to get a thinner consistency that will make the cake pops easier to dip.
Step 6 – Insert the Sticks
Dip each stick in just a little melted chocolate, and insert it in the center of each ball, pressing just about halfway down into the cake. This helps to secure the stick inside.
Remove any excess icing on top, and put back in the fridge for just a few minutes to set the chocolate.
Step 7 – Troubleshoot
Finding cracks on the chilled cake balls? Don’t dip them in the melted chocolate just yet! Cracks in the cake will definitely lead to cracks on the coating.
Here’s an easy solution: take a little bit of melted chocolate on a toothpick or your finger and cover the crack, as if you’re filling in a pothole.
Let the chocolate set completely before moving on to the next step.
Step 8 – Dip
Remove the cake pops from the fridge. Let them sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes, so they can come to temperature slightly without getting too soft.
Once the chocolate has cooled slightly, dip each one by one in the chocolate, swirling it to completely coat the surface.
Gently tap the cake pop on the side of the bowl to remove any excess, using your fingers or a toothpick if necessary to guide the excess melted coating back into the bowl.
Keep tapping and swirling the stick until all excess chocolate is removed, and you have a smooth, even layer of chocolate.
If the chocolate gets too thick or too cold to work with, re-warm in the microwave, and stir in a little more vegetable shortening.
Step 9 – Decorate and Set
If using, immediately apply any sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet and has not yet set. The chocolate will harden quickly, so you want to work fast to make sure the sprinkles stick.
Insert the dipped cake balls upright in the prepared foam block to set the coating. Allow the coating to completely set before serving or adding an additional layer of decorations.
Step 10 – Apply Optional Second Layer of Icing/Decorations
Once the first layer has set, you have the option of applying a second layer of icing and decorations. Let your creativity roam free – I like to apply drizzles of chocolate, and add extra sprinkles.
Place them back in the foam block, and let the second layer set undisturbed until completely hardened.
Fun Tip: Want your pops to stand up on their own, with no platter, jars, or cups to worry about? Stick one extra chocolate wafer on top of each pop with a little bit of melted chocolate to give them a flat surface to rest on!
Step 11 – Serve and Store
Once the chocolate has completely set, your bite-sized desserts can be eaten immediately, or they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
You can carefully wrap each individual treat in cellophane and store on a large platter. Or, you can keep them upright on the Styrofoam block, and gently cover with a large sheet of plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
Serve whenever you’re ready to bring all the sweet joy to the party!
A Sweet Treat Like No Other
It’s so true! Cake pops are a unique dessert that acts as both a cute party favor and a tasty treat.
While the process is more time-consuming to put together than other desserts , it’s well worth the time and effort if you want to create an unforgettable finale at your next party.
If you are new to this entire process, I would suggest starting with an easier base, like store-bought marshmallows, to get comfortable and confident with the technique! We have a recipe for chocolate-covered marshmallow pops that utilizes the same methods. It’s an easy, and still very cute, way to start.
Once you understand the basics, feel free to customize your decorations and designs however you wish!
Make the most out of the cake supplies section of your grocery store or craft store – there are so many options for icing and decorations to fit any theme or holiday.
Want to go even more DIY? You can even make your own sprinkles and decorations, using my recipe for hardened royal icing .
Have you made these miniature desserts before? Do you have any suggestions for those who are making them for the first time? Give us your best advice in the comment section below, and be sure to rate our recipe!
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About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is a full-time cheesemonger and specialty foods buyer living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.
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14 thoughts on “Perfect Cake Pops: All the Basics You’ll Ever Need to Know”
It works really well. I recommend this recipe – it is easy and if you know what you are doing then you will get it done in less than 2 hours!
I use my small crock pot to melt the melting chocolate. Easier than using the microwave, so much faster.
What temp should the mini crock pot be on when adding the candy melts? No one ever stated that. There is a low, high and warm setting.
If you want to use your Crock-Pot, high temperatures will burn the candy. Be sure to use the low heat setting.
At what point can I freeze these? After forming into balls or before forming into balls? Can I freeze the completed pops? Thanks! I’m making these for a fundraiser!
Hi, Michelle! I would suggest freezing them *after* you form them into the balls, but *before* you decorate them with the coating. When are you ready to decorate them, thaw them in the fridge for a couple hours. Hope everyone enjoys them at the fundraiser, and let me know how you decorate them!
I can’t understand how to form balls make cake mix I tried making after mixing cake batter and it was so sticky how I get the cake mix to form balls..that’s the only problem I have a I’m excited to make them they are such a cute desert..
You have to bake the cake first. After it has cooled you break the cake up and mix it with icing…at this point you make balls.
I would like to make white candy coated cake pops with gold and silver lines to decorate them. What should I use for the gold and silver ?
Hello, Fran! What a fun idea for decorations!
You have a few options, depending on what is available online or at your local craft store. You can purchase edible gold or silver glitter/powder, or you can purchase edible gold or silver paint.
If you are using glitter/powder: After applying the base chocolate coating on the cake pop, let it dry completely. Once it is completely dry, pipe horizontal lines with the same color of chocolate coating around the cake pop. Working quickly before the lines set, lightly sprinkle the glitter on the wet lines. Allow that layer to dry completely. Use a brush to gently brush away all excess glitter. The glitter should only stick to the horizontal lines and not the base coating.
If you are using paint: You can paint lines/other designs by hand once the base chocolate coating has set completely.
After dipping cake pops into chocolate and while they are setting up and hardening, oil will sometimes ooze through the chocolate. I’ve tried using 1/2 the recommended oil when making the cake and the oozing persists. Any suggestions as to how to prevent are much appreciated.
What a frustration, Terri!
Here are my thoughts:
1. Reduce the amount of frosting you add with the cake. More frosting increases the fat content in the final cake pops, which increases the risk of fat seeping out. If you can reduce the frosting, and still get a moldable cake base, you’ll lower the chances of fat seepage.
2. Really pay attention to the temperature of your cake pops as you’re decorating. Be sure to closely follow my Cooking by the Numbers section – you’ll see that I routinely put the cake pops in the fridge throughout all of the steps. The more the cake base is out at room temperature, the more risk you have the fat separating from the cake and seeping out. While you don’t want the cake pops to be too cold before you dip in the chocolate (which causes cracks, as I wrote), you also don’t want them sitting out at room temperature for an unnecessary length of time. I suggest working in batches, leaving the majority in the fridge while you work with only 5 to 10 at room temperature.
Hope this helps! And keep practicing – cake pops are a labor of love, but yield beautiful works of art!
You bake the cake and then crumble it to mix it with the icing.
I have a CakePops mold – can I still use these to get it to work? I have trouble getting mine to stay on the sticks and get frosting on them. Can you help me?
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How To Make Sausage Balls, the Easy Retro Appetizer That Deserves a Comeback
This retro appetizer is made with Bisquick, sausage, and cheese and is a hearty snack or starter.
Serves 8 to 10
Makes about 40
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
I have quite an extensive love for Bisquick . Spying the sunny yellow box in my pantry always gives me a sense of comfort — I know I can quickly whip up biscuits or pancakes without a lot of measuring. One of the most popular recipes using Bisquick is sausage balls, a retro appetizer that’s a bit reminiscent of the little barbecue sauce-glazed meatballs speared with frilly toothpicks served at cocktail parties. Here’s our version of these savory, cheesy bites, filled with fresh herbs and two kinds of cheese. It’s just as good as an appetizer as it is a TV- or game-watching snack.
What Are Sausage Balls?
The original recipe for sausage balls , which Betty Crocker says is one of their most requested recipes, calls for a lot of sausage and cheese, a dash of dried herbs, and some milk and Bisquick to hold it all together. Baked into small balls, they look like regular meatballs but have a more doughy, bready texture, and they’re served with barbecue or Heinz chili sauce for dipping.
Heinz chili sauce is a retro sauce that tastes a bit like ketchup mixed with Worcestershire sauce, but it’s not really spicy at all. I personally prefer the sweet tang of barbecue sauce with the sausage balls, but the chili sauce is also a nice contrast.
Updating Classic Sausage Balls
This updated version of sausage balls veers slightly from the original in a few ways, mainly using fresh ingredients that pack more flavor.
- Herbs: Our version uses fresh herbs for more impact, mainly in the form of parsley. A little bit of fresh rosemary also goes a long way, but it’s also fine to skip it if you’re not a fan.
- Cheeses: We like sharp cheddar over regular cheddar, as it cuts through the savoriness of the sausage more. We suspect the original recipe might have been developed with the Parmesan cheese from a green can, but we love the taste of freshly grated Parm a lot more here.
- Sausage: The original recipe calls for bulk pork sausage like breakfast or sweet Italian, which works great and bakes up nice and juicy. Here, we call for the same, with the option of using chicken or turkey sausage instead if you’d like to lighten things up. Make sure to buy uncooked sausage.
Bisquick holds everything together and contains leaveners and salt, so don’t be tempted to just sub flour here instead. This recipe makes about half the amount of the original (which made about 100!), so feel free to double if you have a large crowd or want to freeze some for later. They can also be frozen uncooked and popped into the oven straight from the freezer.
How to Make Sausage Balls
To make sausage balls, it’s best to start by stirring everything together except the Bisquick, basically making a wet sausage mixture. Then you’ll mix the Bisquick in with your hands. I like mixing it in two steps so that the gluten in the Bisquick isn’t overworked, which would result in tougher texture.
Form the mixture into little balls and bake in a hot oven until cooked through, which only takes about 15 minutes. These are usually served with the sauce just for dipping, but I found that brushing them with the sauce and letting it bake on for just a few minutes gave them a really nice flavor.
Served with more sauce for dunking, these comforting bites of sausage and cheese held together with tender, herby dough are pretty irresistible. We ate a batch just with some green salad for lunch, but I wouldn’t hesitate to have a stash ready to go in the freezer if we were entertaining and needed something warm to serve to guests — they’re the ultimate fun party food.
Yield Serves 8 to 10 , Makes about 40
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
- Calories 281
- Fat 12.8 g (19.7%)
- Saturated 5.9 g (29.6%)
- Carbs 27.6 g (9.2%)
- Fiber 0.3 g (1.1%)
- Sugars 9.9 g
- Protein 13.8 g (27.6%)
- Sodium 781.8 mg (32.6%)
sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
Parmesan cheese, finely grated (1/4 cup store-bought or 2/3 cup grated on a Microplane)
fresh parsley leaves
fresh rosemary leaves (optional)
uncooked sausage, preferably bulk pork
whole or 2% milk
barbecue sauce or Heinz chili sauce, divided
Chef’s knife and cutting board
Measuring cups and spoons
Aluminum foil or parchment paper
Rimmed baking sheet
Rubber spatula or wooden spoon
Box grater (optional)
Heat the oven and prepare the pan. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 400ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil, then coat with cooking spray.
Grate the cheeses. Shred 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (2 cups) and grate 3/4 ounce Parmesan cheese (1/4 cup grated store-bought or 2/3 cup grated on a Microplane). Place both in a large bowl.
Chop the herbs. Finely chop 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves and 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves if desired. Add both to the bowl of cheese.
Mix in the sausage and milk. Remove the casings from 8 ounces sausage if needed and add the sausage to the bowl. Add 1/4 cup milk and smash against the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until evenly combined.
Stir in the Bisquick. Add 1 1/2 cups Bisquick and mix with your hands until the mixture sticks together and forms one mass.
Form the sausage balls. Form the mixture into 1-inch wide balls (a generous tablespoon each, about 40 total) and place on the baking sheet, spacing them about 1-inch apart.
Bake for 15 minutes. Bake until light golden brown and cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Glaze with sauce. Brush the sausage balls with 1/4 cup of the barbecue or chili sauce. Bake until the sauce darkens slightly in color, about 5 minutes more.
Serve with more sauce for dipping. Serve the meatballs with the remaining 3/4 cup sauce for dipping.
Make ahead: The formed sausage balls can be frozen on a baking sheet until solid. Transfer to a zip-top freezer bag and freeze up to 2 months. Bake from frozen for about 20 minutes before glazing.
Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 4 days. Reheat in a 350ºF oven until warmed through, about 10 minutes.
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