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Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

Kraft paper crafts

Paper Ornaments and Crafts for Christmas

As you probably know by now, I have a bit of a thing for kraft paper. ;-) I’ve posted about cute ways to use kraft paper for wrapping presents, as well as other non-holiday ways to use it.  It’s just such a versatile material, and it can be dressed up or down in a million different ways.

Today I’m sharing a some beautiful ways you can incorporate kraft paper into your Christmas decor!

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

These projects would be fun to work on with your kids (young or old!) who are home for the holidays. They’re easy to make, super inexpensive, and best of all, you can easily store them to use year after year. The templates for each of these projects can be found on BHG.com, and I’ve also included the files I made so I could cut the shapes out using my Silhouette machine. (You can download those by clicking HERE.)

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

The instructions that BHG provided with their templates suggested using gold leaf to add a special metallic touch to the kraft paper. I liked the idea of adding some gold, but I just don’t have the patience for gold leaf. :-)

I decided to use some gold craft paint to lightly paint several sheets of kraft paper in random patterns. The craft paint dries in a minute or two, but it makes a big difference in the final products!

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

Paper Flowers

These paper flowers only take a few seconds to make, and they look lovely!

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

Simply cut out the flower template on kraft paper in several sizes, and fold each leaf down the center.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

Poke two small holes in the center of the flower, then put a string through the holes.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

Tie the flowers to your Christmas wreath, or you could even stick them in your tree as extra ornaments.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

Paper Stockings

These cute little paper stockings make a great pouch for treats! Just cut out stocking shapes, and either glue or stitch them together along the edges, leaving the top edge open.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

If you glue them together, put a few clothespins along the edges while they dry and wedge something in the opening to make sure you have space for treats.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

You could fill them with candy or popcorn to pass out during a family Christmas movie night!

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

Paper Pinecones

These cute pinecones are a cinch to make, and they make the perfect addition to any Christmas centerpiece.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

To make them, use the templates and cut out one of each size.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

Fold each piece from one spike to the one opposite, all the way around.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

I also pinched each spike, to achieve a more “pokey” effect.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

Use the pointy end of a wooden skewer to poke through the center of each piece, starting with the largest. Space each piece as far or as close together as you want, then glue them in place using a bit of hot glue.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

When all the pieces are glued onto the skewer, use scissors or a knife to cut off the excess length of skewer.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

And you’re all set to add these fun “pinecones” to your Christmas decor!

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

Paper Garland

This paper garland is definitely the most time-consuming project of the bunch, but it also makes the biggest visual impact! Plus, if you had a few helpers you could get it done in an hour or so.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

You’ll need a lot of leaf cut-outs to make the garland, so it definitely helps to use a cutting machine. I ended up using about 100 leaves to make a 5 foot long garland (about half were plain kraft paper, and half were pre-painted using the technique I described above).

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

For a bit of added dimension, fold each leaf down the center.

Kraft Paper Christmas Decor

To assemble the garland, I used a hot glue gun to stick the leaves to all sides of a length of rope. I hung the rope from one our photo backdrop stands, which made it a lot easier rather than doing it on a flat surface. You could achieve the same effect by draping the rope over the top of a door.

Kraft paper crafts

Now all you have to do is tie the garland up wherever you want to display it!

Kraft paper crafts

What kind of Christmas decor would you make with kraft paper?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I thought you were going to use it to wrap your front door like a present. I like all of your paper ideas but I don’t have one of those cutting machines, not whining just explaining.
    Happy holidays

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