Make Your Own Paper Christmas Ornaments
When I made my paper pumpkins for fall a few weeks ago I really didn’t think they’d be shared thousands and thousands of times! After a few emails and some comments and questions from Girl Scout Leaders and Teachers, I thought I’d try a similar craft for the holidays. So, after a few trials, I perfected these DIY paper Christmas ornaments, which were inspired by the paper pumpkins.
I took the time and played around with width, length, and paper type. Finally, I think I found the right DIY formula. I ended up liking the metallic scrapbook paper the best. It’s sturdy and I think will store nicely without getting damaged. So, here is my detailed tutorial for the paper Christmas ornament sphere. I tried to take several pictures to make it easy to follow.
How to Make Them
Time: 20-30 minutes
- 12 X 12 piece Scrapbook Paper (one per ornament)
- Paper Cutter
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
Step 1: To maximize the use of paper, first cut 12” strips as follows:
- 2- 1” strips
- 4- 1.25” strips
- 2- 1.5” strips
Step 2: Step 3: Next, make the following cuts (see photo below):
- The 2- 1” strips will stay the same at 1”X 12”
- Next, the 2- 1.25” strips will each be cut into 2 – 8” strips
- The 2- 1.5” strips will each be cut into 2 – 10” strips
Step 4: Tape the corresponding strips together as shown below.
Step 5: Fold each strip like an accordion.
The folds aren’t exact and that’s fine. I would guess that the folds are about a half inch wide.
Step 6: Use hot glue to glue the ends of each strip together.
Here is a top and side view.
Step 7: Next, bend the circle strip inward to form a medallion.
Add a drop of hot glue in the middle and hold the medallion together for a few seconds until the glue is dry. Blowing helps!
Repeat this for each strip until you have five medallions.
Step 8: After that, hot glue each layer together to form a sphere as shown.
Step 9: Next, cut a piece of twine or ribbon and hot glue it to the top of the ornament for the hanger.
I find that hot glue works the best because it dries quickly.
Step 10: Lastly, Tie a ribbon bow around the top.
It seems like a lot of directions, but once you do it one time it’s a piece of cake after that! I hope you try these cute paper Christmas ornaments out!
In case you missed it, check out my similar tutorial for paper pumpkins. You can use the same tutorial for paper apples or paper oranges too!
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