Modern Paper Ornaments

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it’s official. we drove by a real-life christmas tree lot today, which means that it’s time to get cracking on our holiday decorating. these paper ornaments can be hung just about anywhere (from a tree, in a window, from a chandelier) and they are super simple to make. all it takes is some paper and a stapler to make any room feel festive. just click here for more photos and full instructions.

happy decorating!
-derek & lauren

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Here’s what you’ll need:

-Various colors of paper or cardstock, cut into 1″ x 11″ strips. We used 5 colors of cardstock plus silver and gold gift wrap.
-X-acto blade
-Metal ruler
-Cutting Mat
-Stapler
-Thread or monofilament for hanging

Using your X-acto blade and straight edge, cut a few sheets of each color paper into strips that measure 1″ wide by 11″ long.

Lay out your color combinations. We used 3 colors per ornament, repeating the middle color on the outside of each one.

Cut the center strip down to 6″ long. The following concentric layers will consist of 2 pieces, each measuring 7″, 9″ and 11″, respectively.

Make sure the tops of all the strips are flush, and then staple them together. Then line up the bottom edges on the opposite side, so that they are flush, and place a staple on that end. We kept it nice and simple, but there are a bunch of different configurations you can do by playing around with the lengths of the strips and different placement of staples. Now just find a favorite spot to hang them. Ours are clustered above the dining room table.

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aLi

d & l, this is a great project. it reminds me of the years when my mother would hang ornaments in the corners of the ceiling, or along the tops of the window sills … simple, magical, and fun!

Tommy

So simple, so fresh, so clean… It’s off to the scrapbooking store for paper…

Jeska

These are fabulous! I spent so many evenings as a kid making paper chains with my mum for christmas, think I’ll make some of these using just white paper : )
thanks for the inspiration. Could get out of hand (think Will Ferrel in Elf!)

Moodboard

I love this project. Like the others, it brings me back to my childhood making ornaments with my creative mom.

lauren

We have a small chandelier that hangs over our table, so we just draped the ornaments on that. You could also hang them from a dowel or circular embroidery hoop and suspend that from the ceiling!

nancy

oh, the cuteness! i can’t wait to make these. i’m going to use old pages from magazines. can’t wait.

thanks for the fun holiday project!

Kit

Thank you — a lovely antidote to the cheesy landfill sprouting
everywhere just now — I will do some tonight.

brand-eye

this is excellent and perfect timing for the ornament making party i’m going to sat. now i know what to bring!

Jessica

These would probably look cool in a more 3-d fashion of a ball. Or in tree shape or bell shape.

Jillian

These are great! An idea for those papers that are one-sided — double them up so that there is an inner pattern and an outer pattern…

Nicole

I just love these! I am going straight to the art store after I pick up my daughter from school!!

Christy

Thanks for sharing this idea! I will have 24 Girl Scouts making this as the decorations for an upcoming Christmas party for underprivilged kids. So simple and graphic.

Miss Lo

These are so great, and there are endless possibilities to making them. I didn’t think anything could get me in a festive mood, but i can’t wait to make these.

Lori

love! if you want to make things even easier, just cut all the paper strips to the same length, align them on the top, arrange them the way you like them, staple, and trim the end. (i am very lazy.)

Cher

This is so awesome! I was looking for a fun alternative to paper lanters. This is definitely better! :)

Malka

Wow Many thanks,
Seems so o simple – And so nice – Great tutorial!!

Anna @ D16

This is so beautiful and simple, I love it. We’re going to make a ton of them here in my art department and hang them all over the office for holiday decorations.

Thank you!!!

shanna

in my own place for the first time this christmas, and trying to craft all of my decorations (cheaply!) by hand… this is a GREAT suggestion!

Claire

I love these! I think I’m going to make a bunch in different sizes to hang over my bed as a grown-up mobile. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Lori

emil, for a nonpermanent solution, you can use those plastic 3m hooks that peel off with no damage (smallest size, clear plastic) — attach them, hang ornaments with fishing line, take them down whenever. we’ve used them to hang things temporarily from the ceilings at school.

they are with the framing supplies usually at art stores like michael’s or hardware/framing supplies at any department store. they are good for temporarily stringing up holiday lights as well.

Jo

What a lovely, simple, beautiful idea! I have some white patterned velum that would be just perfect! Thank you!

gingirljen

What a cleaver idea! Never thought of using foil or wrapping paper before. great craft for kids too-Thanks!

Najwa

Very 60’s & 70’s! I saw some on Haight Ashbury in San Fran, way back when. From an old hippie with a young outlook.

Cyb

I love this idea so much!
I thought 1″ wide was too small, so I made mine 2″, with lengths going from 6″ to 12″. It looks really nice and it has so much possibility in terms or colors and sizes! I will make some tiny one and will try to find bigger construction paper to make really large ones…

alice

thanks for this lovely idea–a friend and i are hosting a small kids holiday crafts workshop at our local farmer’s market the next two weekends and these will definitely be on the menu!

Joey Ramone

thank you so much for this super-simple and stylish tutorial, I will make some of these from wallpaper and wrapping paper I think!

Cheers, Joey x

Anne

Really lovely project! I’ve spent the afternoon making them with my little girl, she loved it.

Jen

Great idea! Easy and quick. I’m going to try them with old Christmas cards… Thanks!

Sara

I love how simple and effective these are. I saw these back when you posted them in November and not only have i made christmas ones, I’m going to make some to decorate for my mum’s 50th birthday! thank you so much for sharing your ingenious and easy art with us!

Lauren

I just hang them with clear pushpins from the ceiling. The holes are so tiny they’re not noticable.

Cassie

I love these! I’m going to have my Girl Scout troop make these at their holiday party next week. Thanks for the tutorial!

Juddie

oooh – divine!

Thank you for the tutorial! Can’t wait to make some – what a lovely antidote to tacky plastic and tinsel….

Massilianana

I did those right this afternoon ! For the first one I took measures (and took the trouble of converting them into centimeters , ha ha !)but for the others , no need and I also used remnants of paper to make tiny ones . I tied them all at different length on a dried branch which I hanged from the ceiling . I love the result . It was fun and fast to make . thanks for sharing this tutorial !

Mame Doyle

I’m so glad you reminded me! I’m a very old lady now, but used to make these, back in the 40’s, out of anything I could think of! Adults can try this with heavy duty aluminum foil, too, and/or add dots of glue and sprinkle some glitter on the glue dots. Lovely!
And try it with scraps of wallpaper and heavy wrapping paper, too! I must do this again!

Busgirl

We made a ton of these for our office party, and they were so cute! Folks couldn’t get over the idea of “handmade” ornaments. Thanks!

HollyP

Totally loved the ornaments.

I used recycled holiday cards, which I used for decorations in my picture window and for gift tags.

Joe

love these…made a grouping of ten for our guestroom and hung them at slightly different heights and have got nice compliments…

koala brains

Made these last night and had so much fun. Thanks for posting the tute. I provided a link on my post to you since this is just too cool. :)

Leslie

This was the BEST idea, made them for my office at work and everyone loves them (gave you credit of course).

drew

I’ve mean to do these since it was first posted, finally got around to it. It couldn’t be easier and fast to make! I just wish I had a rototrim at home to make the cutting faster!

Szilvia

Oh these ornaments are so wonderful, I have to thank you for posting this!

I had plane tickets to visit my family in Hungary over the holidays (I live in Sweden) but had to reschedule and ended up unprepared for christmas and no time to do something big.

This idea was so simple and right up my alley (I love the retro feeling they give) and gave me an alternative to the regular christmas tree.

Your idea prettied up my home over the holidays! =)

hatice

houu very good…I want to do them for my bedroom…..

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merhaba! hello! I’m Turkish.

I love love love this.
so adorable. thank you.

yes!

Amanda

I love these! I meant to make them last year but ran out of time.

This year I plan to make them with my niece, something pretty to dress up her bedroom over the holidays! It’d be easy for me to prep the strips before she comes over, and then we’d have plentry of time for the fun of putting them together!

Thanks, thanks, thanks!

jackie!

i’m planning a holiday cocktail party to celebrate our mid century modern home turning 50 years old and wanted to make modern christmas ornaments for folks to take home…this is PERFECT!

Olive

These are super cool! They’re also really cute when you make them half sized. =) Thank you!

rabia

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Mme Bestioles

Lovely tutorial, I just made almost 20 (some very tiny ones) with a few coloured sheets of paper I had laying around, thanks

Vee

Just made six big ornaments for my front window. I might make a couple of small ones to fill up the empty spaces. Thanks for the tutorial!

kelly

I have to say… I made these 3 years ago when you first posted them, and they have held up. I bust these bad boys out every year!

Staci

I have these hanging all over my house right now! I’m including them in my Friday Favorites!

Cathy

tks very much for sharing! Love it! I think I am going to try this weekend! a quick question: how do u fix it to the ceiling easily? I would appreciate very much if u could send me a msg to my email. tks a lot!

Amy

Thanks for the tutorial! I made a mobile for my nursery. I hung three of varying sizes on each fishing line and strung 10 of these on an embroidery hoop I had covered in ribbon. Looks fabulous!

ARCHANA

That was fantastic.i really really loved it. i am gonna make it for sure. Thanks a lot.

Andy

Those are some beautiful paper ornaments. Is there an easy way that you could modify it so that the ribs poked out in all directions and gave it that 360 degree look?

Marcia

What great decorations! I am now inspired to give them a go… Thank you

Caren lewis

I used these as a measurement and comparative measurement lesson. My class LOVED it!!!

Kelly (Let's Die Friends)

I love that these popped back up on the front page! I made these 7 years ago (the first time around), with the same colors of Martha Stewart craft paper, and I actually STILL have them.

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