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.
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.)
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!
These paper flowers only take a few seconds to make, and they look lovely!
Simply cut out the flower template on kraft paper in several sizes, and fold each leaf down the center.
Poke two small holes in the center of the flower, then put a string through the holes.
Tie the flowers to your Christmas wreath, or you could even stick them in your tree as extra ornaments.
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.
You could fill them with candy or popcorn to pass out during a family Christmas movie night!
These cute pinecones are a cinch to make, and they make the perfect addition to any Christmas centerpiece.
To make them, use the templates and cut out one of each size.
Fold each piece from one spike to the one opposite, all the way around.
I also pinched each spike, to achieve a more “pokey” effect.
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.
And you’re all set to add these fun “pinecones” to your Christmas decor!
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.
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).
For a bit of added dimension, fold each leaf down the center.
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.
Now all you have to do is tie the garland up wherever you want to display it!
What kind of Christmas decor would you make with kraft paper?