The onset of chill in the air reminds us of the arrival of the jolly season and gives a head start to Christmas preparations. Christmas, the festival of joy and merrymaking, is incomplete without Christmas decorations and making Christmas decorations has always been a favourite pastime for people of all ages. Children love the idea of the whole family getting together and making their own crafts. And it doesn’t need a long list of items to make attention worthy Christmas ornaments as you can make these from something as simple as paper. Take a look at these cute Christmas ornaments made from paper and feel inspired.
These cute spherical balls lend a whimsical charm to your home and the Christmas tree. And they’re pretty easy to make. Grab some pieces of coloured craft paper in different patterns and cut out about twelve circles. Fold each circle in half with the coloured side facing upwards. Take a folded circle and glue its outer right half with the outer left half of the other circle. Repeat with all the circles. And before gluing the right half of the last circle with the left half of the first circle place a thread with a bead tied at its end at the centre in order to hold the bauble and glue the loose ends of the last and the first circles together. Repeat this procedure to make some more of these adorable baubles.
Miniature Christmas Trees
Throwing a couple of mini Christmas trees can enliven any space and infuse Christmas spirit into your home. You can even decorate Christmas presents with these miniature trees. To make these you will need a couple of coloured craft paper pieces. Cut a large circle from a paper and cut it in half. Make a cone from the half circle by joining the ends with scotch tape. Now cut equal sized small squares from the remaining paper and fold these squares to make triangles. Start gluing the base of these triangles on the paper cone in rows till all of the cone is covered with triangles. Finish by pasting a star at the top of the tree.
Nothing completes a Christmas tree the way a star does. With paper at hand you can make a wide variety of stars ranging from tiny lucky stars, origami stars to the three dimensional 4 pointed and 5 pointed stars. To make lucky stars get hold of long paper strips. Fold the end of the strip into a rectangle and then roll the remaining strip over this rectangle diagonally. keep rolling the paper strip till you get a hexagonal shape. Cut off the remaining strip of paper and insert the end in the paper fold. Poke the peaks of the hexagon with your fingers to inflate it a little till you achieve the shape of a star. Use these stars to decorate your Christmas tree and gifts or just make some tiny lucky stars and fill them in glass jars and use them as a display item.
Lanterns are an intrinsic part of any celebration. They can transform any dull looking place into a party venue in an instant. So how about making paper lanterns? There are numerous ways of making paper lanterns of different shapes but the most beautiful is one made from paper mache. To make this lantern you will need a round inflated balloon, white glue, water, tissue paper scraps and thread to hang the balloon. First, mix glue and water in the ratio of 2:1 .
Dip a scrap of tissue paper in the glue mixture and slather it over the balloon. Repeat with the remaining paper scraps leaving a little circular space at the lower end of the balloon. Let the balloon dry overnight. For a more opaque effect, apply another layer of tissue paper and glue and let it dry. When the top layer has completely dried, pop the balloon and cut off any rugged ends with a scissor for a neat look. Hang this lantern with tea lights.
Christmas garlands are another way to pop up any space. Gather all kinds of fancy paper and cut them into uniform sized tiny circles, Christmas trees, reindeers snowflakes, Santa or stars and glue them together on long strings and decorate.
During Christmas season, wreaths are hung on the entrance doors to mark the on going festive season. You can very easily DIY a paper wreath. All you need is wire, green paper cut into squares and long strips, red paper baubles, scotch tape and glue. Make a large ring from the wire and twist paper strips around the wire and secure with scotch tape. Now start pasting paper squares all along the twisted paper. Keep pasting till the ring looks full. decorate the wreath by pasting paper baubles at various places around the ring. Hang the finished Christmas wreath on the outside of main door and surprise your guests.