Simple Homemade Christmas Ornaments
Looking to make simple homemade Christmas ornaments?
On this page you'll find an easy tutorial for how to make a super-simple paper bauble.
Here's what the bauble looks like:
If you are looking for more ideas, take a peek at my other
Christmas ornaments to make
gallery at the bottom of this page.
Materials for Paper Baubles
To make this simple homemade christmas ornament, you'll need:
- Colorful paper or card (double-sided if possible)
- A pencil
- A drinking glass
- A small length of ribbon
- Needle and thread (optional)
Optional: Printable scrapbook paper $4.70 USD
Print your own scrapbook paper for this project. Download a sample
Christmas Ornaments Printable Paper: $4.70
- Print the paper double sided. If your printer doesn't support double sided printing: print page 1, put the sheet back into the printer upside down, then print page 2.
- Normal paper works OK and card stock works even better.
- Cut out around the red circles. They're slightly smaller than the blue ones on purpose.
Instructions for Making Paper Baubles
Using the rim of your glass as a template, trace out 8 circles onto your card-stock and then cut them out.
Using the base of your glue-stick (or any other small circular object you have laying around), trace out two smaller circles and then cut them out.
Fold each of your large circles in half, and then into quarters.
Glue down 4 folded-circles onto the one of your small pieces of circular card. Repeat this with the other 4 folded-circles onto the other small circle of card. These are the two "halves" to your bauble.
I find it easiest to cover the small circle of card with a thick layer of glue, and then press down the folded-circles into place.
Now you're going to glue the two halves together to make your bauble...
Cover the surface of each small circle with glue, and press the two halves together so that they line up nicely and the small circles from each half glue together.
At this stage it is easy to flatten out your bauble and put it under a heavy book for a few minutes while the glue dries.
When the glue is dry, you'll want to attach a ribbon or string to the top of your bauble so you can hang it up and show off your fabulous creation!
Either sew some pretty cotton through the top of your bauble and use this as the loop to attach your bauble to your Christmas tree.
Alternatively, sew a small loop of cotton thread through the top of the bauble, and use this to secure a small length of colourful ribbon in place. Cut off any loose threads so they aren't visible (I am using contrasting colours here so you can see, but choose a thread that matches your ribbon).
Put your fingers into each of the folds to shape them nicely...
And you've finished!
Here's one made using our printable scrapbooking paper :
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