Is your Christmas tree full of pretty handmade ornaments? My tree has some generic bulbs with a bunch of special, sentimental bulbs scattered throughout. This tutorial will show you how to make your own paper Christmas tree ornament with included printable template and cut file.
I like to change my Christmas tree decor every year. Not just the color scheme but also the ornaments I add. I actually have 2 trees so I get twice the fun when it comes to Christmas decorating. Sometimes I will use photo frame ornaments and other years I like to use hand painted bulbs to match specific colors.
I have some ornaments that I always include somewhere in my display. Usually I pick these up on a travel adventures like our honeymoon ornament from Disney World or an aquarium ornament from Monterrey Bay aquarium.
If you are looking for some fun paper Christmas ornaments that you can DIY yourself and are stunning, look no further! I have put together a printable template and SVG cut file perfect for you.
These ornaments are very stylish and can be easily customized to suit your own unique style. You only need a few supplies so lets get started.
How to make your own DIY paper ornament
If you have a digital cutter, you can use the cut file to easily cut your pieces. I personally use a Sizzix Eclips but the Silhouette Cameo is probably the most popular. These machines make quick and easy work of cutting out all of the pieces.
If you do not have a cutting machine I have a printable PDF template. There are 3 different designs included or you can use them as a template to cut your own paper into the correct shape.
For the size I have here, I used 8 paper pieces. If you prefer a full ornament, use more. If you like the spiral ornament with a peak in the center, use less.
The only other thing required to complete the ornament is string or twine. I used some beads to jazz it up but that is completely optional and up to you.
If you use the printable template you will need to punch a hole in both the bottom and top of the templates. The smaller the hole the better. Take a length of twine and tie a knot at the end. If you are using beads, begin threading them on. Make sure your knot is big enough so the beads or paper don’t slip through. I used the We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile to make small holes.
I continued threading beads in the middle, it adds a little bit of sparkle to the center which is just barely visible when you use 8 pieces. I left about 3 inches in the center and then threaded the paper pieces onto the string or twine.
Tie a loop at the top to hang the ornament from. The last step is to fan out the paper pieces. to create your ornament.
Tips for Customizing
- Use clear fishing line or clear bead cord instead of twine if you want the string to be invisible.
- Use different patterned paper to create unique designs.
- Experiment with different beads, colors and combinations. You can choose to just put beads on the top or no beads at all.
- Try staggering the paper pieces e.g. the piece that went on first at the bottom should also go on first at the top.
- Different amounts of paper pieces will create different style ornaments. The more paper pieces you have the more full the ornament. If you prefer the spiral design with a little peak in the center, use less.
- Where you tie your knots matters. Tying the knots higher or lower will alter the shape of the ornament.
- Add charms, crystals or other dangle bits to the end.
Paper Ornament Downloads
Printable version with 3 different patterns
There are two different downloads here. If you want to cut the pieces out yourself, go for the printable. There are designs included but you can always use those as a template to cut from your own patterned paper.
SVG, DXF, EPS, PNG, JPG cut file
If you have a digital cutter and want to use your own paper go for the SVG cut file. I included a lot of different formats so you should be able to find one that matches your machine.
Do you have a favorite ornament that you ALWAYS make sure to include on the Christmas tree? Let us know in the comments down below. Don’t forget to share this DIY with your friends and family or pin it to your favorite Pinterest board.