Paper Ornaments: Traditional Shapes

Happy Thanksgiving to our American visitors! With Christmas fast approaching, I’m sure we are all filled with much anticipation and excitement! What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than to make ornaments? These ornaments are quick and easy, and they are a great activity to keep the kids busy. Cut different lengths of paper to create many different variations—I’ve included a few styles below. For even more fun, decorate these ornaments using glitter, stickers, or any other embellishments!

Supplies & Tools:

  • 3 sheets of paper, different colors or prints
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto
  • Metal ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • One-hole punch
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Ribbon
  • Paperclip

Directions:

  1. Measure and cut strips of paper with the following measurements:
    1. 1 white – 1″ x 6″
    2. 2 blue – 1″ x 6.25″
    3. 2 light blue – 1″ x 6.75″
  2. Stack strips of paper in the following order: C-B-A-B-C
  3. Line them up on one [short] edge.
  4. Staple pieces B-A-B together.
  5. Then glue C pieces in place with just a dot of hot glue at the end.
  6. Line up the other end of the paper strips. Use a paper clip to hold together.
  7. Punch a hole near the top edge (about 0.25″ away from the edge of paper).
  8. Staple pieces B-A-B together.
  9. Glue C pieces in place just at the end.
  10. Cut a strand of ribbon that is about 7″ long. Loop the ribbon through the hole and tie a knot.

Variation 1:

  1. Cut strips of paper with the following measurements:
    1. 1 light blue – 1″ x 5″
    2. 2 white – 1″ x 6″
    3. 2 blue – 1″ x 6.25″
    4. 2 light blue – 1″ x 6.75″
  2. Stack strips in the following order: D-C-B-A-B-C-D
  3. Line them up on one [short] edge.
  4. Staple pieces C-B-A-B-C together. Then glue D pieces in place.
  5. Line up the other end of the paper strips. Use a paper clip to hold together.
  6. Punch a hole near the top edge (about 0.25″ away from the edge of paper).
  7. Staple pieces C-B-A-B-C together. Then glue D pieces in place.
  8. Cut a strand of ribbon that is about 7″. Loop the ribbon through the hole and tie a knot.

Variation 2:

  1. Cut strips of paper with the following measurements:
    1. 1 white—1″ x 5″
    2. 2 blue—1″ x 5.25″
    3. 2 light blue—1″ x 5.5″
    4. 2 white—1″ x 6″
  2. Stack strips in the following order: D-C-B-A-B-C-D
  3. Follow steps 3–8 as above in Variation 1.
Mary

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4 comments on “Paper Ornaments: Traditional Shapes

  • Carly02 said:

    That looks so cool. Is it easy or hard to make? I would like to make one for my tree.

  • Mary

    Mary said:

    Hi Carly, These ornaments are super easy to make!

  • Emily said:

    That looks amazing. But do they really turn out that good?

  • Mary

    Mary said:

    Hi Emily, Yes, they do!

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