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Easy To Make Paper Holiday Ornaments

Category: How-To Projects, Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

A friend sent me an email last week saying “you will love this” with a link to a website that shows how to make festive paper ornaments.  I followed the instructions and added a few steps of my own, and here is my tutorial on making these pretty paper ornaments. My friend Amie Rennolds was right– I love this!

I used gift wrap that I had purchased from Kate Blairstone. Kate is the Oregon designer who created the “Heirloom Garden” print that we use on our Womanswork arm saver gloves, tote bag and soap. Click here to see her beautiful print for Womanswork. You can order gift wrap on her website.

Step One: Gather your supplies, which include the paper you want to use for your ornaments; Womanswork Incomparable Scissors; glue stick or glue gun; and twine or ribbon for hanging.

Step Two: Cut paper into rectangular sheets. You will need two sheets for each ornament.  For the larger ornament I cut two pieces 7-1/2″ X 10″.  For a smaller one I made later, I cut the paper to 5-1/2″ X 7″.  [Note, if the back side of the paper is plain white then the back side of your ornament will be white. This is fine if you’re hanging it against a window. But if you want to see both sides of your ornament glue two pieces of paper together.]

Step Three: Fold each piece of paper in accordion pleats, folding along the shorter edge.

Step Four: Fold each pleated sheet in half.

Step Five: Cut the ends at an angle. You can cut in a half circle for a different effect.

Step Six: Tie a string or ribbon around the two pieces and knot it.

My finished ornament!

Step Seven: Put glue along the flat edges of the 4 openings that need to join together to form a full circle when you fan them out. A glue stick will work, but I pulled out my glue gun for this one.  Either way, use a clothespin to hold the pieces together as the glue dries.

To learn how to make paper dahlias click here for step-by-step instructions!

2 thoughts on “Easy To Make Paper Holiday Ornaments

  1. Pamela Wood says:

    Very cleaver Dorian, I am going to give it a try, they look really lovely!

  2. Susan Carlile says:

    Perfect for a project with my “grands”.

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