Making paper ornaments for your tree is easy, fun and inexpensive. Christmas paper ornaments are ideal for homes with pets or young children, as they do not break like glass ornaments. Here are some ideas for paper ornaments that are simple to make and elegant to behold.
Paper Christmas Card Ornaments
Turn old holiday cards into pretty ornaments! These are easy enough for even young children to make.
You will need:
For each paper ornament you wish to make, cut out one circle each of the card stock, the cardboard and the picture front of an old holiday card. Use a template to insure that all three circles are uniform. Glue the card stock to one side of the cardboard circle. Glue the holiday card to the other side. Glue bias tape around the outside edge to give your ornament a more finished look. Punch a hole in the top, and add a piece of ribbon for hanging.
Simple 3-D Paper Ornaments
These ornaments can be as simple or as ornate as you wish to make them. Experiment using different patterned papers and embellishments.
You will need:
Cut four circles from the card stock, using a template to be sure they are exactly the same size. Fold each circle in half, creasing well. Glue one half of one circle to one half of another, matching the creases in the center, to form a ball shape. Punch a hole in the top, and tie on a ribbon for hanging. You can decorate this paper ornament any way you choose, using holiday-shaped paper punches, markers or glitter.
Snowflake Paper Ornaments
These are a little different than standard paper snowflakes. These look just as lovely hanging from the ceiling as they do hanging on a tree.
You will need:
Begin with a rectangle of paper, 4 ½ inches wide by 11 inches long. Starting at the short end, fold the paper back and forth, accordian style, until you have a folded strip that is roughly ¾ of an inch wide. Mark the center of the strip, and cut two small triangles, on either side of the strip, right in the center, taking care not to cut all the way through the center.
Continue to cut little triangle and crescent shapes on both sides of the strip. Try to keep the left and right sides of the paper strip symmetrical. When you are finished cutting, tie a 10-inch length of string around the center of the strip, in the little triangles you cut there. Tape the string along the strip from the center where it is tied to one of the ends of the strip.
Carefully unfold, one side at a time, and tape at the top and bottom edges of the paper, forming a circle shape. Brush on some silver glitter glue for sparkle.
Destroying Christmas ornaments is easier than you think. Sunlight, humidity, high heat and Christmas tree sap are all potential sources of damage. Use these tips to keep your ornaments in top condition.
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