DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments

Make pretty paper Christmas ornaments with just a few supplies.

easy paper ornaments

TEARDROP ORNAMENTS

YOU'LL NEED: 

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Paper clip
  • ¼" hole punch
  • Pencil
  • Scrap of wood
  • Grommet-setting tool and hammer
  • Twine, ribbon or fishing line
  • Lightweight paper (such as printer paper) in white, colors and patterns (17 cents; orientaltrading.com)
  • ¼" grommets (18 cents; walmart.com

 

1. Cut 1"-wide strips of paper to the following lengths: For small ornament: two 5½", two 4¾" and one 4¼". For medium ornament: two 8", two 6" and one 4¾". For large ornament: two 8½", two 7½" and one 6½"

2. Arrange strips in this order: long, medium, short, medium, long. Stack neatly with one end flush; hold in place with paper clip while you punch a hole through
all five strips, about ¾" from flush end. 

3. Use end of pencil to widen hole slightly. Push tall half of grommet through hole. Place stack on a piece of scrap wood, grommet side down, then place washer (flat) half of grommet on top of hole. Slip base tool under lower half of grommet, and place flaring tool over washer. Pound flaring tool with a hammer until both halves are fastened together.

4. Repeat process on opposite end: Line up ends so they are flush (strips will automatically bend into place) and secure with paper clip while you punch a hole through
all five strips. Install grommet, following instructions in Step 3. 

5. Make a hanger by threading a piece of twine through a grommet and knotting it.

 

FLOWER ORNAMENTS

YOU'LL NEED:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Stapler
  • Scrap of corrugated cardboard
  • Paper clip
  • Double-­sided tape
  • Twine, ribbon or fishing line
  • Lightweight paper (such as printer paper) in white, colors and patterns (17 cents; orientaltrading.com)

1. Cut 11 strips of paper (1" x 8½" for a 4"-wide flower; 1" x 6½" for a 3"-wide flower).

2. Stack strips neatly with ends flush. Hold in place with paper clip while you staple them crosswise at center. If strips are too long for stapler to reach center, place stack on corrugated cardboard, open stapler and staple stack; flip stack over and close staple. 

3. Fold stack in half. Put a small piece of double-sided tape at tip of first strip, loop it in toward center and adhere end to base at staple. Repeat for each strip. 

4. Make a hanger by threading a piece of twine through a loop and knotting it.