Easy to Make
Sparkle up your Christmas tree with these easy to make Christmas ornaments. Don't let their intricate geometric design fool you... they're surprisingly simple to make!
Making these decorations is as simple as cutting out some paper circles and gluing them together. The neat thing about these easy to make Christmas ornaments is that you can make several different shapes depending on how many circles you use. My favorite is this one:
It's a beautiful mathematical shape called an icosahedron , which is a type of geodesic sphere with 20 faces. So, there you go, you can impress your grandma with your mathematical knowledge of geodesic Christmas ornaments :-)
These homemade decorations are a great way to upcycle leftover pieces of scrapbooking paper into something beautiful. But if you don't have any scrapbooking paper then never fear because you can download and print my digital scrapbooking paper which I designed especially for this project.
Materials for Easy to Make Christmas Ornaments
For these homemade Christmas tree decorations you will need:
- Colorful scrapbooking paper (or print your own )
- Something circular to trace around, approximately 1.5 inches in diameter*
- Glue stick
* If you use circles 1.5 inches in diameter then your finished ornament will be 3.5 inches in diameter.
Optional: Printable scrapbook paper $4.70 USD
Print your own scrapbook paper for this project. Download a sample
Christmas Ornaments Printable Paper: $4.70 USD
- This digital scrapbooking paper is especially designed for this project, with the right number and size of circles to make your life easier.
- Printing onto normal paper works OK and printing onto card stock works even better.
Instructions for Easy to make Christmas Ornaments
Step 1: Cut out 20 circles
Cut out 20 circles of colored paper or card. Each circle should be about 1.5 inches diameter. Use a circle punch if you have one, otherwise just trace around a big glue stick and cut out with scissors.
If you're as perfectionist as my husband Tobias then you'll want to make sure that two colors never appear next to each other on the finished ornament. In that case you'll need to use at least three colors, with 6, 6, and 8 circles of each color.
Step 2: Make triangle template
Option 1: If you're using my printable scrapbooking paper then cut out the triangle template and fold it into a triangle.
Option 2: If you're using your own scrapbooking paper, then cut out one extra circle (it can be from plain paper) the same size as all the others. Fold it in half vertically and horizontally to make a cross-shaped crease. Then fold each side in to meet the center like this, and you'll end up with an equilateral triangle.
Step 3: Fold all the circles into triangles
Place your triangle template on top of a circle and fold up the circle into a triangle.
Repeat for all the other circles.
Step 4: Glue 5 triangles together
Glue five of the triangles together to make a sort of "lid" like this.
Step 5: Add a ribbon loop
Cut a short length of ribbon, fold it in half, and tie a knot to make a loop.
Use a pencil or other pointy item to poke the ribbon through the hole in the middle of the "lid". Pull the ribbon all the way until the knot stops at the hole.
Step 6: Glue 5 more triangles together
Glue another five triangles together to make the bottom of your ornament. Now you have a top and a bottom. If you're a perfectionist, make the bottom a mirror image of the top.
Step 7: Glue 10 triangles together in a strip
Glue 10 triangles together to make a long strip which will become the middle of your ornament.
Step 8: Glue the top, middle and bottom together
Final assembly time! To finish your homemade Christmas ornament, all that's left to do is glue the top, middle, and bottom together. I like to do it in this order but you can do it however you like.
- Glue top and bottom to middle
- Glue middle to itself to make a circle
- Glue top onto middle
- Glue bottom onto middle
Here's the finished ornament - isn't it pretty?
How did yours turn out? If you have any questions or comments, or just want to say hi, please use the comment form below.
Different-shaped Christmas Ornaments to Make
You can use the same idea to make ornaments with 4, 6, 8 and 10 sides.
Once you've made the 20-sided ornament you'll find that making any of these other shapes is a cinch.
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