DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments


Make Your Own Paper Christmas Ornaments

When we made paper pumpkins for fall we 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, this is a similar craft for the holidays. So, after a few trials, we perfected these DIY paper Christmas ornaments, which were inspired by the paper pumpkins.

In order to create the best instructions, I took the time and played around with width, length, and paper type. Finally, we found the right DIY formula. Metallic scrapbook paper looks the best. It’s sturdy and will store nicely without getting damaged. So, here is a detailed tutorial for the paper Christmas ornament sphere with several pictures to make it easy to follow.

How to Make Them

Time: 20-30 minutes



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

Paper 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

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments Measurements

Step 4: Tape the corresponding strips together as shown below.

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments Scrapbook Paper

Step 5: Fold each strip like an accordion.

The folds aren’t exact and that’s fine. The folds are approximately a half inch wide.

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments Accordion Medallions

Step 6: Use hot glue to glue the ends of each strip together.

Here is a top and side view.

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments with Glue

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments How To

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!

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

Repeat this for each strip until you have five medallions.

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments Medallions

Step 8: After that, hot glue each layer together to form a sphere as shown.

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments Hot Glue

Step 9: Next, cut a piece of twine or ribbon and hot glue it to the top of the ornament for the hanger.

Hot glue works the best because it dries quickly.

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments Twine

Step 10: Lastly, Tie a ribbon bow around the top.

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments Ribbon

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!

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments DIY Inspired

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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More fun Christmas Craft Ideas

Here are a few extra Christmas DIY ideas including some free printables I have available.

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

  1. 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. 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!

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

  3. 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. 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!

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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. 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!

  7. 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….

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.)


  11. Dinah,
    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

  12. 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. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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. 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”.

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

  16. 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.

  17. I always make ornaments to give to my clients. I think I am going to use this ornament as the gift this year (I usually make about 100 to give out). I will let you know how they turn out. thank you for the idea.

    Skellybold Creations

  18. I always make a different ornament for a lady in our church and this one is the one I chose. It is pretty easy to make once I could figure out how to do step 7. I played with it awhile and once I found out how to get it in the right shape – it was easy. Thanks for the beautiful pattern.

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