Looking to make Christmas ornaments to decorate your tree with this Christmas?
On this page I have some really simple, step-by-step photo instructions for making paper baubles – very traditional, and they just look so great!
If you want more ideas, take a peek at my othereasy to make Christmas decorationsat the bottom of this page.
When I was a kid, my parents had some store-bought baubles like this in a plain red. Recently I discovered atutorial, so now you and I can make them in all colours of the rainbow 🙂
I tweaked the method a little bit, to give fuller-looking baubles. The method is still pretty simple… as befitting a page on easy to make Christmas ornaments!
These paper ornaments look beautiful made out of double-sided patterned scrapbook paper, but Ive made the instructions with plain colored paper just so they are easier to follow. Enjoy!
Make Christmas Ornaments: Materials
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Colourful paper or card (or print some – see below)
Something circular to trace around (e.g. a glass)
Somemini glue dots, or glue, or double sided tape
Craft wire(florist wire will do) or a stapler
Optional: Printable scrapbook paper
Print your own scrapbook paper for this project.Download a sample
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Print the paper double sided. If your printer doesnt support double sided printing: print page 1, put the sheet back into the printer upside down, then print page 2.
Normal paper works OK and card stock works even better.
Cut out around the red circles. Theyre slightly smaller than the blue ones on purpose.
Paper Bauble InstructionsStep 1Use your glass and pencil to draw 12 circles onto your paper and cut them out. Ill use three different colours, but you can use as many or as few as you like.
Paper that has different colours on the back and front gives a nice effect, if you can find some.
For the obsessive compulsive (like me!), here are some tips for getting a symmetric-looking colour distribution on the final bauble:If using3 coloursA B C, then stack them in the order ABBCCAABBCCA.If using2 coloursA B, then stack them in the order ABBAABBAABBA.If using a single type of card, butdouble sided, then alternate heads up and tails up.
Wrap a length of wire all the way around the stack, so that it runs along the fold. Twist the ends together to secure. You can just see the wire in this photo – its the thin black line down the middle.
If you dont have wire, you can also just staple the stack together, once at the top and once at the bottom, so that the staple sits right on the fold.
Stick a glue dot onto a circle, about 1/3 of the way from the bottom. The dot is hard to see, so Im pointing to it with a pencil. Fold the facing flaps together and press to secure the bond.
If you dont have glue dots, you can use double sided tape or a bit of glue. I prefer not to use regular glue, because it can warp the paper.
On the next circle along, stick a glue dot about 1/3 of the way from the top. Continue like this all the way around, alternating high and low glue dots.
Once youve glued all the adjacent flaps together, this is what the finished bauble looks like from the top and from the side.
Now you can attach a ribbon and hang it your Christmas tree. Or give it as a gift for someone else to hang on their tree 🙂
And heres a photo of a finished ornament made using ourprintable scrapbooking paper:
Are you looking for more easy to make Christmas Ornaments? Check out mygallery of DIY ornament projects:
…and after that, maybe youd like tomake some Christmas gifts.
Check out these beautiful printable gift ideas for Christmas. So easy to personalize and print at home!