FREE TEMPLATE: Christmas Ornaments

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)
  • Printer
  • String

Step 1: Download and Print

Download the PDF template file and print with your home color printer.

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.