Ho ho ho! Christmas is just around the corner and I'll soon be trimming the tree, one of my favorite holiday activities. It's something my mom and I always did together, and something I hope my family will get just as excited about as me each year. My intentions are always to start my Christmas crafts before December, yet here we are, December 2 and I’ve hardly crossed anything off my project list. I did manage to pull an eleventh hour miracle and have my advent calendar ready for the 1st, and now I’m getting lost under reams of material trying to make a cubby house. To give me a break from fabric flowers and tiny curtains, I thought I’d throw together these super simple paper ornaments and share the free printable with you. I think these would look adorable hanging from small branches as a table centerpiece. You can mix and match the patterns, and use five or 10 strips per ornament, depending on the look you like.
- PDF template file
- Paper (any thickness works)
- Scissors or paper trimmer
- Hole punch (1/8" hole found in scrapbook tool aisle)
- Mini-Brads (scrapbook supply or standard office store kind)
Step 1: Download and Print
Step 2: Cut
Cut each strip using your paper cutter or scissors.
Step 3: Punch Holes
Stack five or ten strips together, and punch the middle and end holes using the hole guides for reference.
Step 4: Add String
Tie a length of string to one brad, and affix the brad to the middle hole of your paper strips, with the string tails on the pattern side of the paper.
Step 5: Thread Paper Strips
Insert a brad into one end hole with the head of the brad on the paper’s pattern side. Thread the remaining paper strips onto this brad to form a ball. Spread the brad to keep all strips securely in place.
Step 6: Arrange Strips
Arrange the strips into a ball, imperfect is best! Tie your string into a loop and trim the tails.