35 Paper Christmas Decorations
I love the holiday season. As long as I can keep the stressful parts of it to a minimum, that is. I love the decorating and spending time with family, and just generally spreading and partaking of holiday cheer. I did a 12 days of paper Christmas decorations series a few years back, so I thought I’d revisit that again this season, and add more!
Using paper decorations for the holidays is cheap, easy and creatively freeing — I can choose whatever colors I want, make them whatever size I want, and make as many or as few as I want. All of these ideas make great Christmas tree ornaments, or string a few together to make a garland, or make a whole collection to hang in a window or set on a shelf. Plus, paper is an inexpensive craft supply — and some of these are (or could be) made using recycled materials like toilet paper/paper towel tubes and cereal boxes.
All of these paper Christmas decorations include tutorials to save you some time figuring it out on your own! Most of these decorations take just a few minutes, and many of them are kid-friendly, too. You can make them *without* the aid of a fancy cutting machine (although the fancy machine does make lots of things easier) — most of them use just scissors or a paper punch!
So, gather a few friends, put on some holiday tunes, and get to crafting!
Paper holiday decorations in the slideshow:
Easy Folded Paper 5- and 6-Point Stars and Snowflakes | Kate’s Creative Space
Want a simple way to add some holiday cheer to any wall? Just whip up a few of these stars or snowflakes for instant festivity. These are especially nice for that awkward wall space you can’t ever quite seem to find decor to fit.
Pieced Ball or Cube Ornament | Remodelaholic
These ball and cube ornaments are a classic. Put together a few for the Christmas tree, or a few to adorn your mantel. So easy to make in whatever holiday colors you choose!
Embroidered Paper Stars | Home Sweet Homemade
This is a great paper decoration to have older kiddos help with. Even younger kids could help with the threading, so long as you don’t mind some creative expression! The twine adds a nice rustic touch, or ribbon or embroidery thread and a bit of glitter can give you a completely different look depending on the style you want. These could even be made with recycled cereal boxes for a mostly-free craft!
Paper Leaf Holiday Wreath | Remodelaholic
Once you’ve got the leaves cut out, this wreath comes together in a snap! It’s a classic style that can stay up year-round, too, if you fall in love with it like I am prone to do 🙂
Red Paper Snowflakes | How About Orange
Paper snowflakes are a true winter classic, from grade school on up. I love the pop of color and the Scandinavian style that these red ones have, though! (Why is the Scandinavian style especially beautiful in the winter? Love it!)
Origami Christmas Tree | Stephen’s Origami
This folded paper Christmas tree would look great next to any village! And it’s just the same shape repeated in smaller sizes up to the top of the tree, so once you’ve got the basic steps down, just keep folding until you’ve made a whole forest. How fun for a mantel or windowsill!
Paper Strip Sphere | Remodelaholic
This simple paper ball ornament is held together with just a couple of brads. Remember those from elementary school? 🙂 See my version here, or you can also see how The Crafty Sisters used patterned paper for an awesome shuttered look or ScrapperGirl used photo strips to make it personal.
Paper Dahlia/Christmas Stars | Little Sundays
These Christmas stars may look complicated, but they’re not. A bright festive paper makes them even more stunning!
Toilet Paper Roll Tree Topper | All Things Paper
Ah, the might toilet paper roll. So useful for so many things! The simple repeated petal shape makes it easy to make a beautiful symmetrical pattern like this tree topper. This would also make a great indoor wreath!
Accordion Bauble | Remodelaholic
These simple baubles are great for hanging on the tree or filling a bowl or jar with. Just cut and glue! Another great paper craft for kids to help with. (PS: Torie Jane added coarse white glitter to the edges of hers and it looks just like snow! Beautiful!)