Three years ago I started making some of my Christmas decor because I wanted to change the colors I previously had. I started by making some Christmas tree cones and some ornaments.
Last year, after I had already set up my Christmas tree, I once again decided to change the Christmas decor (shocker!). I wanted a different look and color but I had to get creative, had to save me some bucks as Christmas ornaments can be a bit expensive during high demand season! So, what was a girl to do? Get creative, DIY it and think outside the box.
I had seen some cute DIY ideas around in the Pinterest world and one that really caught my attention was the paper ornaments. I honestly didn't know how they were going to turn out and if I was even going to like the end result but I have to say I'm SOOOO glad I did. I grabbed an old book I had and some of the left over cardstock/craft paper I had and went to work.
I love them so much that I thought I would share with you the tutorials I used. Hope it inspires you to get your creative on!
THE origami STAR
This is probably the one that took me the longest while I figured it out and it's the most delicate but I absolutely LOVE it. I'm going to make a couple of more this year. Here's the tutorial I used.
I used this tutorial for this one. I stapled the circles together in the middle and then glued the top and bottom with a regular stick glue. You can also do these with cardstock and if you get double sided pattern it will be even prettier.
You've probably seen the 3D paper 'snowflakes' around the web using 6 sections of this ornament. I decided to use the sections on their own . So easy, so cute and if you use double sided pattern paper is even prettier. You will have to use cardstock for these ones because regular paper won't hold as well. Check out the tutorial here.
This is probably the easiest one to make. Again, I used double sided pattern paper and stapled the top and bottom and it was done. I used this tutorial This is another ornament which I think works better with cardstock.
THE paper fan
Another easy one too. I used this tutorial and just added one of the buttons I had laying around. It makes a big statement on the Christmas tree. You could also try this one with different 4 or two different color paper to give it that extra pop if you desire.
CONE TREES DIY
I made these cone trees 3 years ago and still love them. The cone trees are SOOO easy to make and are great to place around the house during Christmas time. The styrofoam ornaments were a bit more involved but still easy to make and I just love that they are unique. There are many other materials you can use to make your own trees and ornaments, just use your creativity and let it loose! Here are the supplies I used for these projects:
I believe I got most of my supplies at Joann Fabrics except for the sample paint which is one of the many gray color samples I bought when I was trying to decide paint colors for the walls in our new home. For the stem vase filler, you ca find it at any other home store too like Homegoods. Here are some of the specific items I used:
THE GLITTER & RAFFIA TREES
THE STEM TREE
THE NATURALLY WIRED TREE
THE ORNAMENT TREE
Here are some other ideas around the web to spark your creativity. I haven't tried them myself but will definitely try them in the future!