• 01of 10

      Insanely Easy Holiday Decorations to Make

      ornaments hero shot

       

       Deirdre Sullivan

      Sure, you can get ready for the holidays with store-bought decorations, but there is nothing like the bragging rights that come with making your own. These colorful and double-sided paper ornaments are a family friendly project that takes minutes to create using scrapbook paper.

      If you are not familiar with scrapbook paper, it is a reasonably inexpensive material that can spice up your Christmas décor with pretty patterns and festive colors. Here is how to get crafting.

    • 02of 10

      Gather Supplies

      paper supplies for xmas decorations

       

       Deirdre Sullivan

      To get started you will need the following:

      • Scrapbook paper in a variety of vibrant patterns that will stand out against your Christmas tree. FYI, an 8.5-inch by 8.5-inch pad containing 36 sheets typically costs less than $8.
      • Lever craft punches in any shapes and sizes you please — We used large 3-inch punches in both round and snowflake shapes.
      • Hand punch for making a small 1.5 mm hole in each ornament.
      • Spool of crochet thread or bead stringing cord for hanging decorations.
      • Glue stick.
    • 03of 10

      Making Christmas Snowflake or Ball Ornaments

      diy paper christmas decorations

       

       Deirdre Sullivan

      Using a lever punch, cut your scrapbook paper into shapes. You will need a set of two matching cutouts for each double-sided decoration.

      Tip: So that you know, there are two different ways to cut paper with a lever craft punch. The most common method is to use the punch with the top side facing up as shown on the left.

    • 04of 10

      Quick Tip: How to Use a Craft Punch

      downside-up-round-lever-punch

       

       Deirdre Sullivan

      The second way to cut shapes with a lever punch is our favorite. To do, turn the cutting tool upside down so you can see the scrapbook paper through the punch opening as shown.

      Being able to see the paper will allow you to cut out shapes closer together reducing material waste. It also makes it easier to punch out a specific section of a pattern.

       

    • 05of 10

      Grab a Matching Set of Shapes

      DIY decorations glue

       

       Deirdre Sullivan

      Grab a matching set of shapes and your glue stick.

       

    • 06of 10

      Apply Glue to the Back of First Shape

      glue decorations diy xmas

       

       Deirdre Sullivan

      To create double-sided ornaments you will need to glue the two shapes together. To do, apply a thin coat of glue to the back of one of the cutouts. For the best results, spread the paste near the edges of the paper to prevent curling later.

       

       

    • 07of 10

      Apply Glue to the Back of Second Shape

      glue both sides xmas

       

       Deirdre Sullivan

      Next, quickly apply a thin coat of glue to the back of the second shape.

       

    • 08of 10

      Flatten Paper

      DIY christmas how to

       

       Deirdre Sullivan

      Now press the glued sides together making sure the edges are lined up. Afterward, place your new ornament in a thick book for a few minutes to flatten.

       

    • 09of 10

      Punch Hole and Add Thread

      finished decorations

       

       Deirdre Sullivan

      Using your hand punch make a small hole at the top of the ornament.

      Cut a 10-inch piece of crochet thread or bead stringing cord.

      Slip the cord through the opening and knot as shown.

    • 10of 10

      Decorate Your Christmas Tree

      Paper ornaments for christmas