I’ve been making paper Christmas ornaments and decorations with a few craft supplies and I can’t believe how EASY is it! Here’s what you need:
- Christmas-themed paper
- Hot glue gun
A note on hot glue guns: for some reason I thought glue guns would be incredibly expensive – like $30! But I paid less than $3 for mine at Michae’s, plus a few dollars more for glue sticks. It’s an amazing craft tool that you have to have!
Here are step by step instructions for how to make beautiful Christmas ornaments and decorations for your home, office, or classroom! You can make a dozen in about 30 minutes.
Step 1. Buy sturdy paper, preferably with a holiday theme. I bought this stack of 49 sheets at Michael’s for $12 – that’s $.25 a sheet!
Step 2. Grab your cookie cutters or other shapes around the house you can use to trace images. You can also free hand or print out free templates you find online.
Step 3. Trace shapes onto the backside of your paper, so that your pencil (or pen) marks are on the plain side of the paper. If your shapes are not perfectly symmetrical, trace one side, then flip the cookie cutter over and trace the other. This way, they will match up nicely when you glue them together.
Step 4. Cut out shapes and glue them together with a little bit of Elmer’s Glue. Leave a small opening at the top to attach the ribbon later.
Step 5. Cut your ribbon. If you are making a set of ornaments, cut the ribbon so they strands are all the same length. I cut mine to six inches each, but you can do shorter or longer.
Step 6. Fold a piece of ribbon in half so both ends meet in the opening you left at the top of your ornament. With your free hand, gently squeeze a dab of hot glue into the opening, then immediately squeeze the paper together, so you are sandwiching the ribbon and glue between the pieces. VOILA! You have a beautiful Christmas ornament that cost you less than $.25!
I have made as many as eight ornaments from one sheet of paper – which adds up to about 5-cents per ornament!!!!!! I’m also going to make holiday decorations to hang on our walls, like a string of letters that spells out M-E-R-R-Y-C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S-!
Are you going to make your own holiday decorations?