I love making paper decorations for Christmas. Perhaps it’s a nostalgic hark back to times when things were simpler or maybe a desire to replace some of the plastic tawdriness with old-fashioned paper and string but with a few sheets of paper, it’s easy to make decorations to hang throughout the house.
We’ve noticed a growing trend developing this year for hand-made Christmas decorations, driven perhaps by thriftiness, wanting something unique or a desire to be creative. Making your own paper Christmas decorations is a great way to spend a cold winter weekend with children giving everyone a chance to slow down and get lost in the joy of making unique decorations. The results might not be perfect but don’t underestimate the value of shared memories.
Combine your paper decorations with natural objects collected from outside, like foliage, cones, driftwood and stones for a pared back Christmas look.
PAPER FILLED BAUBLES
Paper filled baubles are very easy to make as you just need to run some paper through a shredder and use it to fill an empty bauble. You can buy clear baubles with slightly larger necks than normal from good Christmas shops (like Slamseys Barn) and craft shops.
Use scrap paper, coloured paper, magazines, sheet music, maps … any sort of paper. Cut wider strips of paper for children write their list for Father Christmas or to make a Christmas wish.
You can also use these baubles to make small gifts if you fill them with tiny things like beads or seeds.
TISSUE PAPER POM POMS
Pom poms are such fun! We’ve hung pom poms in the entrance to the Christmas barn this year and they’ve brought instant colour and filled the space for very little effort or expense. All you need to make your own pom poms are some sheets of tissue paper, a pair of scissors and a length of twine and then follow our tutorial for making pom poms.
Cut squares or oblongs, triangles or circles, stars or any other shape from thin card and thread them with twine or ribbons. Spell out a message or adorn the bunting with photos. Anything goes.
If you can’t be bothered with all that cutting and threading, order some fabulous bunting from Daisyley Designs.
Make paper snowflakes from tissue paper and suspend them in a window where they catch the breeze and dance or arrange them in a garland to stick on a wall. Make snowflakes from coloured tissue paper and layer different colours and sizes. Use patterned paper for a different effect; you can get great results by making jelly prints on tracing paper.
This year, we’ve made two types of paper snowflakes to decorate the Christmas Barn. Follow these simple tips for making Concertina Paper Snowflakes and Flat Paper Snowflakes.
Paper chains are perhaps the most retro Christmas paper decoration of all. Make your own paper chains from coloured or patterned paper, newspaper and magazines or use scrap paper from less than perfect art or printmaking projects.
White paper chains made from basic white copy paper look simple and elegant and you can personalise them by punching shaped holes or decorating with gold pen.
To make paper chains, take an A4 sheet of paper and cut it into ten strips, each about 3 centimetres wide. Glue, staple or use sticky tape to join your links. You can make the paper chains much bigger or smaller depending on your project. Twisting each strip makes the paper chain more interesting.
For a mid-century look, hang one end of your paper chains from a central point in the room and radiate the chains out to the walls. For a more contemporary take, string across doorways, lay them along a shelf or hang them vertically down a wall.
Have fun making your paper decorations!