Last Minute Pretty Paper Ornaments

In the P.S. of my most recent newsletter I mentioned that I intended to make paper ornaments over the weekend for which I would use wrapping paper scraps. Well, typing it held me accountable and guess what? They turned out even prettier (and easier) than I expected! 


four origami wreath ornaments made of red and gold patterned paper displayed on wooden surface

Because theses wreaths go together quickly, there's still time for you to give them a go. Use gift wrap leftovers or do what Melanie of DIY Sperenzien on Instagram did for her wreath ornament tutorial - use pages from a discarded book. Out of date road maps and atlas pages would work well too. 


supplies for ornament making - papers, glue, scissors, paper cutter, and pencil - displayed on wooden surface

Melanie's Instagram post was where I first saw how to fold the rectangles and fit them together to make a wreath. Her text description is in German (with a translation option), but just swiping through the photos and watching the quick video she provided are all that's needed to meet with success. I also found a YouTube video.


paper cutter and rectangles of red and gold patterned paper on wooden surface

Once the rectangles were assembled, I slid a bit of glue under the raw edge of each folded section on both sides of the wreath to make sure it didn't come apart. To do this, I used the tip of a ball head pin to pick up just a tiny dab of glue from a plastic lid. You could also use a clay modeling tool (the pointed silver tool in the photo below) instead of a pin.


in progress shot of paper ornament making includes patterned red and gold paper strips, hanging cord, hole punch, completed ornaments, clay modeling tool, and pencil, displayed on wooden surface


The red and gold wrapping paper is from Tuttle Studio (via Amazon Prime) and it is lovely... glossy, such a nice weight, and very easy to work with. 


cover of booklet containing red and gold patterned gift wrap sheets displayed on wooden surface


When folding each rectangle, I didn't make the creases really sharp on purpose... this resulted in slightly puffy wreaths to give them a bit of dimension. Another little tip for puffiness and to avoid wrinkles is when folding a rectangle in half, first curve it around the barrel of a pencil and then make a soft crease.


 folded paper rectangles displayed on wooden surface

It's easy to adjust the size to go smaller or larger... for example, cut rectangles 1.5" x 3.5" instead of 2" x 4". When finished, I used a 1/8" punch to make a hole for the hanging cord.


golden paper star ornament with fuchsia hanging ribbon displayed on wooden surface

Heady with success after seeing how quickly the wreaths came together, I then made some cardboard tp roll star ornaments. Dandy Instagram instructions were again provided by Melanie. Even easier than the wreaths, you just flatten a roll and cut 1/2" strips (Melanie used three, I used four). Snip a V shape into the ends of each strip and then stack and glue where they overlap, angling to create a balanced star. Here's a YouTube how-to video.


I gave my glued stars a quick coat of metallic gold acrylic paint on the outer surfaces and edges before adding a silky ribbon hanging loop. Even with the paint and bright ribbon, it's still a pretty rustic ornament... I'm going with pretty as the keyword. :)


So perhaps make yourself a batch and use them to fill any bare spots on the tree or tie one on as a little something extra on top of a wrapped present - a gift on a gift!



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Wishing you and yours happy holidays! 

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Ann Martin
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