Each paper piece was rolled into tight/small tubes and secured with glue. A black base was created with cardboard and black construction paper. The final step was to assemble an asymmetrical sculpture-in-the-round securing the tubes with glue and some patience.
The student's loved this lesson. I discovered this lesson at a Missouri Art Teacher's conference many years ago. Sorry, but I am unable to find the teacher's name who shared it at the conference.
My instructional video for this lesson is below.