DIY Christmas Ornament 15: Paper Art

I’ll be honest, this ornament is going to be difficult to explain. It’s a play off some paper quilling art I used to do in junior high and while it isn’t hard, it is a little time intensive…and that doesn’t include the time I had to take after nearly slicing my finger off with an X-acto blade.

This is also a huge ornament that would probably work better sitting on a mantle or as wall art. Of course, you could make it smaller simply by using shorter strips, but after cutting my finger, I didn’t want to start over. Actually the original plan was to make a full flower, but the end piece was so big that I stopped it halfway, and I think it worked out pretty well.

Also, please bear with any typos. The bandage on my hand keeps hitting the ‘y’ key.

Paper Ornament

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • 2 pieces of computer paper
  • X-acto blade
  • Ruler
  • Tacky Glue or White Glue
  • Spray Adhesive/Glitter (optional)

Paper Quilling Ornament

Step 2:

Using the X-acto blade and ruler, cut the computer paper into 1/2 inch thick strips.

Paper Ornament

Step 3:

Then cut a 3 of those pieces in half.

Paper Ornament

Put a dab of tacky glue at one end and roll, securing with another dab of glue at the other end.

Paper Ornament

You will need one of these for each petal of your flower. If you choose to do more or less petals than mine, keep this in mind. Also, you can use white glue (such as Elmer’s) but it takes a bit longer to dry and the tacky will shave quite a bit of time off the project and you shouldn’t need to clamp anything for drying.

Paper Ornament

Step 4:

Take 3 strips of full length paper (not the ones you cut in half) and fold them in half.

Paper Ornament

Line them in a way you like, and then glue the sides toether.

Paper Ornament

Add the the circle you created earlier, and figure out your spacing.

Paper Ornament

Apple a little glue to the circle and then squeeze the sides in, attached the circle to the sides.

Paper Ornament

At this point it should look like this.

Paper Ornament

Cut off the excess and add any glue if any of your pieces come loose.

Paper Ornament

Make 5 of these petals.

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Paper Ornament

Step 5:

Using Tacky Glue, attach all the petals together at the base as well as in between each petal.

Paper Ornament

Tip: If your flower is a little flimsy on the bottom, use a few of the remaining strips. Fold them in half and glue them along the bottom of the flower. You won’t see them, but they’ll keep the base of the flower sturdy.

Paper Ornament

Step 6:

Optional: spray with adhesive and sprinkle with glitter.

Paper Ornament

Step 7:

Add a bit of ribbon to the top and hang from the tree.

Paper Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown (per Ornament):

Computer Paper (Already Owned) = $0 [You could also use vintage pages from books, sheet music would look pretty cool too]

Tacky Glue (Already Owned) = $0

Spray Adhesive/Glitter (Already Owned) = $0

Ruler/X-Acto Blade (…bandages) (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $0


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