12 days of crafting: re-purposed paper ornaments


From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some of my favorite crafting methods and projects. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or handmade decor for your own home!

Day 6: Re-Purposed Paper Ornaments

These paper ornaments are a quick and fun way to re-purpose Christmas cards!

You will need:

  • old Christmas cards or other cardstock
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Trim the card to the section you want to use for your ornament. Then cut it into 1/2 inch vertical strips, make sure to keep them in order:

Stack the strips and use your needle to poke a hole through the top and bottoms of the strips – about 1/8 inch from the top/bottom. Depending on how thick the paper is, you can probably do a few at a time:

Once you have them all pre-poked, re-stack them and thread your embroidery floss. Knot the end and sew through the fronts of the bottom of the strips. Then tie another knot on the other side, so the bottoms are held tight:

Then sew through the backside of the top holes and pull them tight so that you get an arch shape. Once you get the shape you want (you can go for a ball shape, or a little tighter makes it kinda squat looking), tie a knot on the front side of the top holes:

Leave a length of embroidery floss so you can hang it. Then just fan out the strips:

And there you have it, a paper ornament to hang on your tree or anywhere else that you want to add some festive fun. I like these because they have kind of an old-fashioned handmade home look to them. Happy crafting!

In case you missed it:

12 days of crafting – day 1: stenciling

12 days of crafting – day 2: wreath with felt flowers

12 days of crafting – day 3: mosaics

12 days of crafting – day 4: vertical christmas card holder

12 days of crafting – day 5: bottle cap magnets

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