As promised, I have more pretty, paper Christmas crafts from Patty Schaffer today. You can never have enough ornaments, right? And these DIY Christmas ornaments would make beautiful gifts, too. Change the papers, change the colors, mix up the ribbons, add a few buttons and bows – you can go to town making these your own. Here’s how to make these Pretty Paper Ornaments.
To make Pretty, Paper Package and Christmas Tree Ornaments, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Presents: 3” x 3” cube
- Trees: 2” x 3” cone
- Scrapbook papers, double sided
- Beaded trim, 24” (if you can’t find a beaded trim, substitute a plain ribbon – it will be just as pretty)
- Corrugated cardboard, small piece
- Pearl head pins
- Beading pins, 7/8”
- Ribbon, ¼” x 6” for each ornament
- Double-sided tape
- Glue dots
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors; stapler; optional: bone folder
To make a Pretty, Paper Package Ornament:
1. Cut an 8” x 8” square from a patterned paper. Score 2-½” in from each edge, leaving a 3” square in the center. Fold along the score lines, and cut away the little square in each corner. Fold paper around the cube, covering the sides and bottom. Attach the paper with double-sided tape, and use pins along the top edge where they will be covered.
2. Cut a 4” x 4” square from a coordinating paper. Score ½” in from each edge, leaving a 3” square in the center. Fold along the score lines and cut away the little squares in each corner. Center on the top of the cube, and fold flaps down to cover each side. Tape and pin in place.
3. Tape or glue the beaded trim or ribbon around the cube, covering the seam where the two papers meet.
4. Make a paper bow for the top of the box:
- Cut three, ½” x 9” pieces; two ½” x 7” pieces; and one ½” x 4” piece.
- Make figure 8’s with the 9” and 7” pieces. Staple each figure 8 in the center.
- Using glue dots, build your bow, starting with the 9” figure 8’s. Stagger each loop as you go.
- Add the 7” figure 8’s next.
- Make a circle from the 4” strip, and adhere it to the center of the bow.
- Glue the bow to the top of the package.
5. Knot together the ends of a 6” length of ribbon, forming a loop. Pin and glue the loop to the top of the package, using a pearl head pin.
To make a Christmas Tree Ornament:
1. Roll the cone along a sheet of patterned paper, tracing the top and bottom as you go. Cut out the paper to fit around the cone. Cut along the bottom edge with deco edge scissors.
2. Tape and pin the paper around the cone.
3. Trace around the bottom of the cone, cut out the circle, and glue in place.
4. Cut a 1” x 1-½” piece of corrugated cardboard. Roll up along the 1-1/2” edge, forming a tree trunk. Glue to the bottom of the tree.
5. Decorate the tree with pearl head pins.
6. Knot together the ends of a 6” length of ribbon, forming a loop. Pin and glue the loop to the top of the tree, using a pearl head pin.
I am so glad that Patty shared how she made her bow for the top of the Pretty Package Ornaments. For years, I’ve saved a bow handmade from old magazine pages and I’ve always wondered how it was made. Now I know, and I am going to try and make a few.
More Christmas crafts are on tap for next week. Please leave a comment below and tell me if there are any specific Christmas crafts you’d like to see featured – ornaments, topiaries, wreaths, or ??