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How to Make a Paper Craft Holiday Ornament

Ms. Venegas has been using origami to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas online.

These ornaments make a lovely picture frame for hanging. Use a photo of friends or family in the center.

These ornaments make a lovely picture frame for hanging. Use a photo of friends or family in the center.

Simple Picture Frame Ornaments

It is easy to make these lovely craft ornaments using a simple origami fold and a dab of glue. Children and adults will enjoy crafting these. Keep your young guests busy with a remembrance made at home.

Add a favorite picture and a length of ribbon, and your ornaments are complete. Glue a magnet on the back, change the paper motif, and make use of this charming paper craft all year long. Step-by-step photo instructions follow.

Supplies for Your Christmas Craft

  • Printed Christmas-Themed Paper: Gather up wrapping paper, scrapbooking papers, list pads, or unused stationery for the laser printer.
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon: You can use anything that you may have around the house, such as wrapping ribbon, satin ribbon, fish line, elastic gold, or silver string.
  • Handheld Hole Punch
Use decorative stationery.

Use decorative stationery.

The paper I am going to use for this demonstration is decorative printing stationery. You'll be cutting seven two-inch squares (see the illustrated instructions below). If you like, practice first with any paper you have around the house.

Holiday keepsake.

Holiday keepsake.

One More Assembly Tip

When gluing the frame together, use this slight adjustment to get a flat-laying star. Join the area of the green dots closely together. The area with the red dots should overlap just a fraction, enough so one is set on top of the other. You will see how these adjustments work after making a few.

Photo tips.

Photo tips.

Make a Magnet Star Frame

  1. Align and trace a photo and cut as in the step-by-step star frame instructions above.
  2. Cut thin strips of double-sided photo corners and press them onto the back of the star.
  3. A magnet could be placed on the back of the kitchen refrigerator, cooking hood, or any magnet-ready surface.

Out of Print Paper Folding Book Review

Your crafts for Christmas.

Your crafts for Christmas.

Use This Paper Folding Craft Any Time of the Year

These ornaments can be used for any holiday, depending on the paper motif you choose. Start folding frames for Valentine's Day. The frame can be used in the job cubicle, on the car dashboard, on the home computer desk, or mailed in your Valentine.

Do you have any new ideas for the paper frame?

© 2010 Sherry Venegas

Ask Questions About Assembly

emmaklarkins on November 29, 2011:

Wow, this doesn't look too hard! My mom made some simple ornaments for our first Christmases, and now they're treasured antiques!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on May 28, 2011:

It is indeed about the time to get started on making Christmas ornaments. I used to love to give out handmade ornaments along with my Christmas gifts.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on March 22, 2011:

I've never tried paper folding, but your instructions look really easy to follow and the pictures of your finished items are gorgeous, making me want to give this a try. :)