DIY Folded Paper Christmas Ornaments

Today’s project is one of my very favorite handmade Christmas ornaments! They only require a few supplies that I’m sure you already have in your home, and they only take about ten minutes to put together. Plus they are incredibly versatile; you can make them out of paper in any pattern or color, and you can make them in any shape. You could decorate your entire tree with just these ornaments, and you still wouldn’t have to make two of the same!

DIY Folded Paper Christmas Ornaments: A quick and easy Christmas craft that only requires paper, scissors, string, and a glue stick!

DIY Folded Paper Christmas Ornaments

Here’s what you need to make these ornaments:

  • scrapbook paper in a fun pattern or color
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • string to hang the ornament (or yarn, or baker’s twine, or thread…)

Start by cutting out your ornament shape. You will need about 6 to 12 pieces in the same shape, depending on how “full” you want your finished ornament to be. (The red ornament above was made with 6 pieces, the green ornament below was made with 10 pieces.)

DIY Folded Paper Christmas Ornaments: A quick and easy Christmas craft that only requires paper, scissors, string, and a glue stick!

I used my Cameo to cut the shapes out to make sure they were all exactly the same size, but scissors will work great if you don’t have a cutting machine.

After your pieces are cut out, fold them all in half, printed side in. Cut a piece of string or baker’s twine about 8 inches long and set it aside.

Then run a glue stick over the face-up half of one folded piece and stack a second folded piece on top of it. Then do it again and add a third folded piece to the pile. Repeat until about half of your folded pieces are in the stack.

Now you’re going to glue in the string. Run a glue stick over the top piece on the stack, just like before, except this time put one end of your string on the stack before adding the next piece. Leave the long end of the string trailing out of the top of the ornament.

DIY Folded Paper Christmas Ornaments: A quick and easy Christmas craft that only requires paper, scissors, string, and a glue stick!

Continue gluing and stacking folded pieces of paper until all of your pieces are stacked in one giant pile with your string trailing out of the top.

Once the glue is dry, open up your folded ornament into a circle. Put the other end of the string between the two final pieces and glue them together. And voila, folded paper Christmas ornament!

DIY Folded Paper Christmas Ornaments: A quick and easy Christmas craft that only requires paper, scissors, string, and a glue stick!

Give the glue a minute or two to dry, and then go hang it on your tree!

DIY Folded Paper Christmas Ornaments: A quick and easy Christmas craft that only requires paper, scissors, string, and a glue stick!

Want even more Christmas ornament tutorials?!

If you love Christmas and crafting, then my book 12 Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments is the book for you! It’s a collection of 12 easy-to-follow tutorials for handmade Christmas ornaments that are the perfect addition to any Christmas tree! No experience necessary; just follow the simple step-by-step directions, and check out the photos along with each step if you need additional guidance!

Grab a copy today and get ready to craft this holiday season!

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If you’re looking for a few other Christmas crafts, check out these tutorials!

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Tristen says

    7 years ago

    Do you have a pattern for these, as I do not have a cutting machine?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      7 years ago

      I don’t have any specific pattern, sorry! You can just pick any fun bulb ornament shape you want! When I made these I just did an image search for “ornament silhouette”, found a shape that I liked, and used that as a template.

  2. Inspire Me Heather says

    7 years ago

    Your ornaments are so sweet and they look so easy to make (yay!) and I’ve given them a little mention in my paper ornaments post too today – Happy Holidays!

  3. Ursula says

    7 years ago

    Hi! I just love these ornaments and how simple they are to make! I’m all about simple but with a big impact 😉
    I’m visiting from The Blissful bee linky 😉
    come visit me 😉
    Ursula at kraft&mint {modern crafts}
    http://kraftmint.com

  4. Vanessa says

    7 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful and love that I don’t have to worry about shattered glass if the kids get ahold of these ornaments!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      7 years ago

      That’s totally why I made these! Not because of kids, but because our kitties like to climb into our Christmas tree and play around in there… 🙂

  5. Gwen says

    7 years ago

    Those are so pretty, Jessi! Do you love your Cameo?

  6. Corey @ Tinysidekick says

    7 years ago

    I love these! I’m always looking for fun ways to use paper because I love all of the patterns and colors that can be used. Pinning!

  7. Courtenay says

    7 years ago

    Yup. Now I REALLY need a cutting machine! These ornaments are great and they’d look a.maz.ing. all over a tree!

  8. Kristen says

    7 years ago

    They are so pretty! I love them 🙂 I would definitely pay $ for them if I saw them in a store.

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