These handmade paper ornaments add a wonderful touch of charm and whimsey to Christmas decor. Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful!
Projects for Beginners
These are such a beautiful up-leveling of the traditional paper snowflake cutouts, and they take only a little bit more effort to tape the ends together to make them 3D rather than lay flat. What a fun idea to try with kids!
Another creative source for paper is old books. Look how stunning pinwheel ornaments like these are on Ella Claire’s Tinsel Tree.
These handmade paper ornaments look like they’re right out of a West Elm catalog, but they’re so simple to make! All it takes is cutting out a stack of the same shape, folding it in half, and then glueing one half to another until it forms a 3D shape. Beautiful!
This paper star is a printable that actually prints out the gingerbread design as well. Wouldn’t these look great on a Nutcracker themed tree as fillers?!
Projects for Paper Craft Hobbiests
This elegant round handmade paper ornament that just requires some creative folding, glue or tape, and a ribbon to hang it with. These would make great fillers on a tree as you start out a new ornament collection!
These stars are made with two pieces of paper that have been folded, cut, and glued strategically to make a 3D star. These would look stunning in an off-white as the larger anchor ornaments on a tree or hanging in a window with some lights!
Don’t these little paper houses remind you of a snowy village somewhere cozy? These are made from cardstock and can be cut out by hand or with a cutting machine and held together with a little glue. You could probably also blow up the template and make yourself some larger ones for a side table or mantle!
These birds are so elegant and cute at the same time! These look a little bit more tedious to cut out and glue, and they also require some strategic paper curling. But aren’t they so worth it?
These are also a deceptively simple craft. All it takes is quite a few circles of paper and some strategic alternating gluing, and you have yourself a great 3D ornament!
German stars are a holiday crafting tradition, and you might have even made one or seen a family member make one in the past. Time to try it for yourself!
Advanced Handmade Paper Ornament Projects
This is another one from Lia Griffith, and either requires a paper cutter or some really deft hands and small scissors, but it was too beautiful not to include here. The layers! The cute woodland critters! The holes in the back for the light to shine through as “stars”! 😍
These are snowflakes are made by using a technique called paper quilling. There are many beautiful applications of this craft, but snowflakes seem like a very festive and fun one to try. If you’ve never tried paper quilling before, you might want to start with a few of her Quilling Basics tutorials first.
Check out some of my other handmade ornament project ideas: