Paper Craft for Holidays: Festive Decorations and Ornaments

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paper craft for holidays: festive decorations and ornaments

Handmade paper decorations and ornaments can add a touch of personalized flair to holiday festivities. They can also be a fun and engaging activity for the whole family to enjoy.

There are many different types of paper crafts that can be made for the holidays. Some popular options include:

  • Origami stars and snowflakes: These are classic holiday decorations that can be made with simple origami folds.
  • Garlands: Garlands can be made from a variety of materials, including paper, beads, and ribbon.
  • Paper ornaments: Paper ornaments can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be decorated with paint, glitter, or other embellishments.

No matter what type of paper craft you choose, it is sure to add a special touch to your holiday decorations. And the best part is, you can get the whole family involved in the fun!

So gather your supplies and get crafting. With a little creativity, you can make beautiful and festive paper decorations that will be cherished for years to come.

Here are some additional tips for making paper crafts for the holidays:

  • Start early: This will give you enough time to gather your supplies and create your decorations.
  • Get the whole family involved: Paper crafts are a great way to get the whole family involved in the holiday spirit.
  • Be creative: There are no rules when it comes to paper crafts. So let your imagination run wild and see what you can create.
  • Have fun! Papercrafting should be enjoyable. So relax, experiment, and let your creativity shine through.

Folding Origami Stars

Origami modular units assembled together form versatile decor. Follow diagrams to fold colorful origami papers into three-dimensional units, then interlock into ornamental stars, balls, cubes, and more.

Supplies: Origami paper, ruler, pencil, craft glue


  1. Begin with paper colored side up. Fold in half diagonally. Unfold. Fold in half other direction.
  2. Using ruler, measure and mark 1 inch from point. Align ruler edge to mark, fold up to form triangle.
  3. Fold triangle flap under aligned to edge.
  4. Add dab of glue inside partly folded flaps on both sides. Assemble into star shapes by interlocking flaps of 6 units.

Quilling Paper Christmas Trees

Create miniature trees by rolling and arranging paper strips. Add these bright trees to gift packages, cards, and tabletop scenes.

Supplies: Paper strips, quilling tool, craft glue, acrylic sealer


  1. Select an assortment of paper strips in coordinating colors. Use quilling tool to tightly roll strips into coil shapes.
  2. Apply dots of glue on rolled coils, then assemble coils together into small conical tree shapes.
  3. Let constructed trees dry fully laying flat overnight before handling.
  4. Brush trees with acrylic sealer to protect and preserve shapes. Display with tiny ornaments.

Snowflake Windows

Cut magical snowflakes and hang in frosty, sheer displays on windows and light fixtures using thread or fishing line.

Supplies: Scrapbook paper, craft knife, cutting mat, ruler, hole punch


  1. On folded paper, use ruler and craft knife to cut geometric angles inward from the folded edges. Create symmetrical repeated shapes.
  2. Carefully open paper to reveal lacy snowflake cutout. Repeat with more paper to create multiples.
  3. Punch small hole near top of each snowflake. Thread decorative embroidery floss or metallic cord through hole, securing ends.
  4. Hang delicate strung snowflakes from suction cup hooks on windows or light fixtures. Display against an outdoor landscape for magical effects.

Paper Chain Garlands

Linking strips of painted or decorated papers creates festive chains perfect for dressing up mantels, stair rails, and trees.

Supplies: Construction paper, scissors, tape or glue, decorative items (glitter, stickers, hole punch confetti, stencils, etc.)


  1. Cut paper strips about 3/4″ wide by 9″ long. Use ruler for straight edges.
  2. Decorate strips using markers, glitter, hole punches, print outs, rub-on transfers, stencils, stickers, or stamps. Get creative.
  3. Form strips into rings and use tape or glue dots to connect ends into circles.
  4. Attach rings together, alternating color order as desired, to form garlands of any length needed.
  5. Display garlands using tacks, stringing between push pins, draping from mantels, or surrounding tabletop trees.

Let handmade paper holiday crafts make merry memories. ‘Tis the season for paper creativity!

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