Making DIY tree ornaments is one of my favorite holiday traditions, but I find that I don't often have the time that I'd like to work on more complex ornament projects, which can be a bummer. However, even if you're like me and don't have hours and hours to spend on one ornament, you can still make stylish ornaments that will bring compliments all through the holiday season.
Today, I'll show you how to craft simple, modern paper ornaments using a few basic supplies, and you'll be able to create a Christmas tree full in no time at all. These pretty paper ornaments would also make sweet embellishments for gift boxes and bags — so they're pretty AND versatile.
How to make DIY tree ornaments with die cuts and paper punches
Here's what you'll need:
- Card stock in a variety of colors
- Die-cutting machine and/or paper punches
- Glue pen
- Craft glue
- Twine or string (to hang the ornaments)
- Embellishments (glitter glue, printed or stamped sentiments, heat embossing supplies, dimensional paint, enamel dots, etc.)
Die cut or punch several of the same shape out of card stock. I die cut some very simple shapes using a Silhouette Cameo, and I cut five of each shape. You may want to cut more or less, depending on how thick your card stock is and how dimensional you'd like your ornament to be.
Use a glue pen to cover the top of the first die cut or punched shape with glue. Then, line up a second shape over top of the first and press all around until the shapes are firmly glued together.
For the house ornament that I'm making today, stop gluing after the second layer and add a dab of craft glue at the top of the shape. Cut a piece of twine or string about 1 inch long and place it on top of the glue. Press the twine down into the glue and hold for several seconds, or until the glue holds the twine firmly in place.
Punch or die cut small hearts from red card stock. I used a paper punch and punched five, the same number of layers as I die cut for the house.
Glue two of the hearts together using the same method as we used for the house shapes in Step 1. Then, place the glued hearts under the piece of twine. Lift the twine and add a dab of craft glue. Press the twine down into the glue and hold for several seconds, or until the glue holds the twine firmly in place.
Glue the remaining house shape layers on top of the layer with the twine, and glue the remaining heart shape layers on top of the layer with twine. Add whatever embellishments and details you'd like – I added some Christmas Red Stickles to the heart.
Thread a piece of twine or string through the hole for the hanger and tie the loose ends into a knot. If your shape doesn't have a hole at the top, you can fold a piece of twine or string in half and glue the folded end to the top of the shape, just as we glued the small piece of twine to the shape in Step 2. Make sure to press down very firmly on that area as you add additional layers, so the twine will stay in place and become firmly adhered to the layers on either side.
These paper ornaments may be quick and easy to make, but you can do so many things with them. Keep it simple for a modern look, like I did, or use patterned, glitter or flocked card stock to add texture and interest. You can also use the shapes as frames for custom holiday greetings or family photos. So many possibilities!