Friday, December 13, 2013

Easy Christmas paper craft

Guess what?! I’m a grandma. :) My stepdaughter had her precious, sweet, beautiful boy yesterday and we are over the moon for them. It was so emotional, more than I even thought it would be, to see him and touch him and know he is finally here. I only have a few pics since it was a crazy day but I want to wait to ask to her before I share any on the blog. (It didn’t seem appropriate to bring up my blog yesterday. Bigger things happening.) I’m sure I will (he’s too precious not to share) but it’s Mama’s decision to make.

I recently put together an ornament craft for my friend Kari’s blog but wanted to share it here too in case you didn’t see it. There seems to be a Christmas theme on the blog this week so I figured I’d just go with it. If you read this over at Kari’s you can just fast forward to see what I did with them all at the bottom. :)

This one is easy folks. There’s very little talent involved here, just good old gluing skills. The only part that takes time is the cutting, but I have a solution for that too.

So here’s the thing – I love using paper for holiday crafts. I do it at Halloween quite a bit (bats!) and I’m always thinking of ways to do more with it at Christmas. I love paper crafts for two reasons – you can get really creative with all the fun papers out there and they are SO easy to store since they barely take up any space. (You just want to be a little gentle with them.)

For these DIY ornaments I gathered some festive paper:

paper ornament craft

The red and cream are the textured cardstock – my favorite! Love that little extra detail.

To do this you’ll need “petals,” so I just free-handed one and then traced it to make a bunch more:


These do not have to be perfect! Is a flower petal ever perfect? Do they all match exactly? No. That’s why we love them. :) Once you get one petal you like you can just trace it over and over.

The trick to cutting out a bunch at a time is to layer your sheets of paper. So I would cut two or three strips out of one piece of paper and then lay the outlined part on top, then cut them out. Does that make sense? So instead of cutting out one each time I was cutting two or three. It helped a ton!:

paper ornament craft

Then you’ll want to do the same thing again, this time with slightly smaller petals. You won’t need nearly as many of these, probably half.

To start building your flower you’ll want to have something as a base you can glue on to. I just cut circles out of a paper plate, but anything will do:

paper poinsettia craft

Just make sure it’s not too big so that it shows behind the petals.

Then start making your flower! I used hot glue but regular glue would work fine. You just need a little dab on the back to make it work. I actually looked at photos of poinsettias to see how many “petals” I should use:

paper poinsettia craft

I put six larger ones on the bottom and then three on top. The middle is where I got creative:

paper poinsettia craft

I ended up using three jewels on them instead of one, to look more like a real poinsettia bloom.

I only used one piece of each color paper and got eight large flowers:

paper poinsettia craft

You can see here how I used a paper punch and scrapbook paper for the centers on some of them:


I kind of pulled the petals up on each one as well to give them some dimension – not a fold really, just a slight bend. I’ve folded the petals down the middle before to make them before and that makes them look even more authentic. But with this many it was going to take forever, so I went easy.

I added some little glittery jewels I found in the scrapbook area to the others:

paper poinsettia craft

Those are my favorites. I always say – I’m a non-scrapbooker who LOVES the scrapbook section. ;)

The best part? All of these were just a few bucks. The paper was less than a dollar (half off) for three sheets and the sparkly jewels were a few dollars with coupons.

OK, so my favorite thing about these is you can do whatever you want with them – to use them as ornaments just tuck them into the tree, no string needed! You could hot glue twine or ribbon to the back and turn them into a garland. Stick tape to the back and put them on windows, mirrors, whatever. Or make a bunch and create a paper wreath with them – the possibilities are really endless!

I ended up sticking them inside the Goodwill shadow box I first showed you here. I turned it on it’s side and it’s instant holiday art. :)

paper ornaments as art

I love these things – they are so versatile and they take up next to zero storage space! Major score.

I’m off to squeeze the baby some more right now and then I’m hosting our annual ornament exchange tonight with my girlfriends. This girlfriend needs to clean her house. :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, stay warm!


  1. This is so simple and so perfect! I scrapbook so I have sooooo muuuch paper. Maybe I should actually use some of it and make this. ;). So pretty!

  2. You are so creative! Love this idea! Congratulations on your new grandson!!!

  3. Congratulations Grandma! Very excited for you!

  4. You had me at "easy" Sarah! I love doing paper crafts for the holidays since I change up my decor a lot! I even copied Kate's gift-wrap wreath for my dining room!

  5. Sarah, Congratulations on becoming a grandma! How exciting. Love this craft and it appears to be so easy. I love your blog and check it every day. You are so fun to read and thank you for your thoughts/tips/honesty/humor! Hugs from Colorado. =)

  6. You are one crafty gramma!!! I can't wait to hear what your grandma nickname will be...I'm liking MaMaw Sarah! ;)

    And your house tour is perfection!!!! I'll be over later for cocoa and some chit-chat!

  7. Congratulations on you new grandbaby! How exciting!

    I love paper crafts, too... those flowers are soooo pretty!

  8. Congratulations on the new grandson! What a wonderful gift for the holidays. (The flowers are pretty too!)


  9. That is SO neat! Such a good idea!


  10. Very nice - I do believe I will have to do this! I'm all about easy. You took a simple concept and make such a pretty Christmas decoration. Thanks for sharing. And congrats on your new grandson. I too have a new grandson, born the day after Thanksgiving. He's #10 for us. I so wanted to plaster his picture all over my blogs and facebook..but alas, I too must wait for the go ahead. LOL Enjoy you new little one - aren't they simply amazing? Grandparenting is the best. I love your blog!

  11. Congrats and many blessings on the birth of your new little one!! This craft project is so neat, you did a lovely job. WHERE do you ever find that GORGEOUS red Christmas pillow with the Santa and sleigh!?!? I am in love with it!!! :o)

    1. Thank you! That was actually a placemat from Pottery Barn that I used to knock off their more expensive pillow. You can see more of how I do that here:

  12. What a beautiful Christmas art project! Congratulations on being a grandma! It's the best I must say! I have 2 and 1 on the way in July that I am GrandMolly to... You will be terrific.

  13. You are so creative! Love this - and it looks easy enough for me to handle!

  14. I have followed your blog for a couple years now, and you never cease to amazing me! You are so creative, and the Christmas inspiration on this blog is in.cred.i.ble! I am happy with how I've decorated for Christmas, but always struggle with the time between the holidays and spring. I would love to see how you and other bloggers transition into cozy, winter decor once Christmas is over! Happy Holidays!

  15. Congratulations on being a grandma! This Christmas is going to be extra special for your family. I love your craft, too. Very pretty!

  16. I love this Christmas paper craft! I'm pinning! Happy Holidays
    House on the Way

  17. Congratulations on the birth of your grandson! What a wonderful gift--to become a grandmother!


  18. What a great project and a good way to recycle too! It is really pretty. Congratulations on your new grandson! They are such a blessing!

  19. Congratulations!! i have just come across your blog and found it very emotional. Very Nice

  20. What a beautiful idea! And congrats on becoming a grandmother! Just discovered your blog and I absolutely adore the DIY crafts. Going to have to put some of these to use. Homemade decorations are way better than store bought!

    Merry Christmas!

  21. Nice! I will try this out. It looks easy to do. Hope I can find beautiful festive paper though.


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