DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments

Comments (47)
  1. T Berokoff says:

    How long was the piece of twine?
    And how long was the piece of ribbon you tied around the twine?

    Thanks! 😀

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi T! The twine is about 7″ long and the ribbon is 14″.

  2. Nina says:

    Were the accordian folds specific lengths ( every inch, half inch) or did you just randomly fold them?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Nina! I randomly folded them, but I would guess about a half inch or slightly less. I hope this helps!

      1. Karen Evans says:

        I am thinking you can probably even prescore the piece of 12×12 cardstock before you cut to make folding easier later.

        1. Dinah Wulf says:

          Great idea, Karen! Thank you for stopping by!!

  3. marie says:

    I’ve got two questions. 1- Did you use metallic paper or cardstock? The paper looks pretty stiff, more like card. 2 – Did you mean to say 4 strips of 1.25 wide? The picture shows 4 8″ lengths glue together to make 2 16″ lengths. I want to get it right. Thanks! These are very cute.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Marie! 1) Yes. It’s thick scrapbook paper, like a cardstock. These little things are sturdy! 2) YES! Thank you for catching that! I made the correction. Thank you so much! Let me know how it goes!

  4. Ms G says:

    Can’t get circles to stay flat and come apart when I glue sections together

  5. bim says:

    Is it possible to use ribbon, and paint the ribbon with Hodge podge afterwards to make the ornaments stiff. These are so cute.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi there! Actually, use card stock (or thick scrapbook paper). They are very sturdy that way. Thank you for stopping by!

  6. Cindy says:

    No matter what I do, I cannot get the accordion circle to bend inwards to make a medallion. I need to know (see) how you do that. Help!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Cindy! So sorry you are having trouble! The easiest way is to make sure the strips are the right length. Any shorter than indicated, makes this step really hard. Also, make sure the ends of the strips are securely taped together. Once you check these two things, gently use two hands and press down to form the medallion. Once your have it down, try to hold the medallion with one hand and use the other hand to drop a dab of hot glue in the center. Put down the gun, and hold the medallion together for a few seconds (15) until the hot glue dries. I hope this helps!! Let me know!

  7. Shirley says:

    You are so talented.
    Question: Can you could make some cute little Christmas trees using the folding paper and just change the sizes? I would love to see that. I want to put them along a string and hang over the fireplace. Thank you.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Yes! Great idea, Shirley! My guess on measurements would be: 1X10″, 1X12″, 1.25X16″, 1.5X20″, 1.5X24″.

  8. Great article and photos! We are sharing on our Facebook page today. Hope that is ok! TFS, Susan

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Great news! Thank you. I’ll be sure to stop by!

  9. Lisa Parker says:

    I would use card stock with a pattern on both sides, then you wouldn’t see the white paper underneath on the ornament.

  10. Joyce says:

    What wonderful ideas you have. I am going to try the ornament design shortly.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Great! Thank you so much, Joyce! Let me know how it turns out!

  11. Pam says:

    Great idea. We are using it for our annual Christmas craft day. Unfortunately, when I printed it printed all the comments as well and I couldn’t get it to stop. Huge waste of paper. Is there a way to exclude the comments and ads from printing?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Pam! First of all, I’m honored that you are using this as your craft! There is a better way to print. At the bottom of the post, right above my bio you will see some small round share icons. Click the last one (green). A menu will pop up. Choose “printfriendly”. You will see the printer friendly version. If you scroll down and move your curser over the extra links and bio at the bottom, you can delete those before you print, saving even more ink. I hope this helps! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  12. Beveely says:

    Love them

  13. Elize says:

    These paper ornaments are so lovely. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I hope I can manage to make some this year. If you wish add some sparkle sprinkles on the edges after folding, they will not go unnoticed. Just a thought. I am also thinking how about just a drop of oils like cinnamon/cloves/star anise, it will also fragrance the room. This is what life is all about, sharing, suggestions and appreciation. Love….

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      That is a GREAT idea! Thank you for stopping by, Elize!

  14. Faye says:

    Terrific idea. Thank you…I was looking at the edges of the paper that shows white and thought it might look nice if that match paper or had an accent. Things like you can add glitter to the edges, decorative small diameter rope you know found in the ribbon section and the last thought I had was taking a green, red , silver or gold maker and coloring the edge.. Thank you again.. Faye

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thank YOU, Faye! Those are great ideas. Glitter would be really pretty.

  15. Shirley says:

    Thank you for the shared DIY Paper Christmas decorations. It looks easy to make.i will try it for the new look of my Christmas tree.

  16. Susan says:

    Very cute idea…. but a question. Why is it that you cut the strips in the middle, and then tape them back together again? (Haven’t tried this yet, so I’m not seeing the point.)


    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thanks, Susan! Thank you so much! You have to cut the strips because scrapbook paper is only 12 inches long. Does that make sense?

  17. Lisa says:

    I think you did a great job with the tutorial – pictures and written instructions are so easy to read. I have so much card stock on hand and can’t wait to use it up making ornaments. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Holidays to you. Lisa

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa! I hope you enjoy making some. Happy holidays to you and your family as well!

  18. shikira says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, yet got stuck on step 4. ‘Tape the corresponding strips together as shown below’, cannot see what is being stuck to what?. Having a good go at making the amazingly beautiful Acorn-like decorations so am hoping they turn out okay and upload a picture on pinterest once done. Have no glue gun so have used PVA glue throughout the process!. Am most grateful to you for the effort you have put into tutorial.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Shikira! In the photo above step four, tape the two like strips together so that you have longer strips. The photo below the text shows what it will look like after you tape them together. Let me know if you still need help or it is unclear. I’m here to help!

  19. Angie Smith says:

    Great project,
    Do you think that using old Christmas cards would be to stiff. I would have to tape several together to get the desired length.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hmmm… the card stock I used here in this post was pretty thick. I think it may work! Let me know!

  20. Janet says:

    I’m terrible at learning from pictures. To me there always seems to be a step missing. I can’t get the folded paper to become a medallion. Someone please consider doing a video and then linking it from here. Even if it’s just a blog visiter, asking permission first, and then each can link to the other, if permission is given.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Janet! I have had email requests for a video. You are not the only one! I plan on doing one in the near future.

  21. Barbara D Blanchard says:

    Is there away any way that I can print the directions.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Barbara! Yes, click the green icon (last icon next to the social share icons on the top or bottom of the post) and then click “printer friendly”.

  22. Stephanie Skeens says:

    Hi, I love this craft but I can’t keep my medallions from popping outward after gluing and holding. Help!!!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Stephanie! Hot glue works the best because it dries quickly. If not, maybe try a small binder clip to hold them closed until they dry.

  23. Louann says:

    Thanks for sharing such great instructions

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Your welcome, Louann! So glad you like it!

  24. Margaret LaCava says:

    I did not read all the reply’s, not sure if someone tried this. But I tried it with double sided cardstock, and it looks so much better.

  25. Renee says:

    Do you have a pattern for a folded accordian star?

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