How to Make a Paper Craft Holiday Ornament

Updated on August 29, 2019
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Ms. Venegas has been using origami to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet.

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.

Craft Directions

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Cut seven two-inch tiles from paper of your choice. Fold the seven tiles in half diagonally, as shown above.With right side down, fold each side of the tile in, meeting the diagonal crease in the center.Fold the wide point up as shown with the two upper tiles.Fold the point down to the edge of the bottom of the triangle. The areas with the dots should meet. The tiles should look like the two on the upper left.Turn all folded tiles over and position like the tile on the lower left. Fold down the longer side to meet the short side. The arrow indicates your new crease. Your tile will look like the one on the lower right.Turn tiles over. Start with your dab of glue on the right tip as shown above at the green arrow.  Place the left tip on your dab of glue. Work around gluing each piece to the next, forming an octagon.Use your finished star to align and trace a motif from an old greeting card. Cut out your tracing 1/4 inch inside your traced line as shown above.Put glue on the edge of your cut-out.Align and press on the back of the star.Punch a hole into the top. Slip in and tie a length of ribbon, string, or fish line.
Cut seven two-inch tiles from paper of your choice. Fold the seven tiles in half diagonally, as shown above.
Cut seven two-inch tiles from paper of your choice. Fold the seven tiles in half diagonally, as shown above.
With right side down, fold each side of the tile in, meeting the diagonal crease in the center.
With right side down, fold each side of the tile in, meeting the diagonal crease in the center.
Fold the wide point up as shown with the two upper tiles.
Fold the wide point up as shown with the two upper tiles.
Fold the point down to the edge of the bottom of the triangle. The areas with the dots should meet. The tiles should look like the two on the upper left.
Fold the point down to the edge of the bottom of the triangle. The areas with the dots should meet. The tiles should look like the two on the upper left.
Turn all folded tiles over and position like the tile on the lower left. Fold down the longer side to meet the short side. The arrow indicates your new crease. Your tile will look like the one on the lower right.
Turn all folded tiles over and position like the tile on the lower left. Fold down the longer side to meet the short side. The arrow indicates your new crease. Your tile will look like the one on the lower right.
Turn tiles over. Start with your dab of glue on the right tip as shown above at the green arrow.  Place the left tip on your dab of glue. Work around gluing each piece to the next, forming an octagon.
Turn tiles over. Start with your dab of glue on the right tip as shown above at the green arrow. Place the left tip on your dab of glue. Work around gluing each piece to the next, forming an octagon.
Use your finished star to align and trace a motif from an old greeting card. Cut out your tracing 1/4 inch inside your traced line as shown above.
Use your finished star to align and trace a motif from an old greeting card. Cut out your tracing 1/4 inch inside your traced line as shown above.
Put glue on the edge of your cut-out.
Put glue on the edge of your cut-out.
Align and press on the back of the star.
Align and press on the back of the star.
Punch a hole into the top. Slip in and tie a length of ribbon, string, or fish line.
Punch a hole into the top. Slip in and tie a length of ribbon, string, or fish line.
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 the 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 onto back of the star.
  3. A magnet could be placed on the back for the kitchen refrigerator, cooking hood, or any magnet-ready surface.

Out of Print Paper Folding Book Review

Tea Bag Folding (Design Original Can Do Crafts)
Tea Bag Folding (Design Original Can Do Crafts)

The paper fold pattern used in the tutorial is from an out of print publication. The book at left introduced me to tea bag folding. Our craft is shown at middle bottom on the cover. Pattern instructions are easy to follow, and there are many ideas and pages for exploring. If you want more to explore about tea bag folding, this book is a good choice. I have owned this craft book since 2003 and still refer to it for paper folding projects.

With this book you may get hooked on paper folding and dream up projects to make for years of enjoyment.

 
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, the home computer desk, or mailed in your Valentine.

Do you have any new ideas for the paper frame?

Questions & Answers

    © 2010 Sherry Venegas

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      • emmaklarkins profile image

        emmaklarkins 

        7 years ago

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

      • Lady Lorelei profile image

        Lorelei Cohen 

        8 years ago from Canada

        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 profile image

        Wednesday-Elf 

        8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

        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. :)

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