When it comes to a simple craft that will look stunning, this rolled paper Christmas ornament is perfect. It is so simple to make but will look amazing when hung on the tree. Use these ornaments as decoration on top of gifts as well for an even special gift idea.
Rolled Paper Christmas Ornament
I love a simple craft. When it comes to Christmas decorations, if I can make something beautiful but it is easy, then I know I have something good. If you want easy, this rolled paper Christmas ornament doesn’t get any easier. This ornament takes minutes to make but looks amazing. It is truly very elegant and an ideal option for nearly any holiday theme.
There are so many uses for this ornament too. It doesn’t have to just go on the tree. Use it to decorate gifts, give as gifts as well as hang it from other places around the house. Add several to a string and it makes a lovely twirling effect.
If you like making paper crafts, you might also like this vintage-style paper holly leaf and berry ornament. You might also like checking out this huge list of adorable DIY Christmas ornaments made from paper. So many unique ideas!
Can Kids Make This?
Yes, kids can make this rolled paper Christmas ornament. In fact, it is a great craft for them. They will love how easy it is to make and will love to see it on the tree. Especially since it is so very elegant but still super easy to create.
When making with kids, you can have them practice their measuring and cutting skills. If you prefer, you can measure and cut all of the paper ahead of time and just have them assemble then add extra touches. No matter what option you choose, it’s a great idea to make this with the kids.
What is the Best Paper to Use?
When you are making this paper ornament you want to use heavier paper. This gives the ornament a sturdy feel which helps it to last. You want to use something like cardstock or thicker scrapbooking paper.
This style of paper can be bought with holiday designs that make the ornament stand out. Oftentimes, craft stores have a section where you can buy individual sheets but it also comes in packages with a lot of styles. It depends on which you prefer. If you plan to make a lot of these ornaments you might want to get the booklets.
Another option is to get plain cardstock in a pretty color and then decorate the paper yourself. You can draw or color a holiday design on paper before you make the ornament. This can be a fun idea for kids.
How Can I Stiffen Paper For Making These?
Since you want the paper to be stiff so that it holds the design better, you can use mod podge or spray starch to stiffen the paper. Spray starch can be done before you start or after it is finished whereas Mod Podge should be done before you start. It is possible to do it afterward, but it will be much easier to do it beforehand.
Of course, if using cardstock, this isn’t necessary. And, you can also just glue two pieces of paper stacked together to create a thicker and stiffer option to use rather than using the starch or Mod Podge.
Can I Add Embellishments to These?
There are a few ways that you can embellish the paper ornament to make it your own. Customizing these craft projects is a huge part of why I share them. I love knowing that an idea can so easily turn into something that is truly spectacular and unique to you. Below are some ideas that are great for this ornament.
- Add glue and then glitter around the edges of the paper or spray with glitter spray instead.
- Glue on sequins or tiny beads for more sparkle against the lights on the Christmas tree.
- Add jingle bells to the center circle to make it tinkle with sound when it moves in the tree.
- Glue sparkling trim or ribbon onto or around the strips of paper before gluing them together to form the ornament.
There are a lot of things that you can add, you just want to make sure that the things that you add are small and light. This way, it does not pull the paper out of its design.
How Should I Hang These?
There are tons of options for hanging this on your tree. The process of making this works well to use the thread for a hanger, but that isn’t necessary. You can go classic or use something unique. Below are a few ideas that I have used that work great for this project.
- Fishing line
- Paper clip
- Traditional metal ornament hook
One of the things that I love the idea of is to coordinate the item you hang it with to match the paper you use. Just use a hole punch at the top and thread through it if you want. Of course, you can also glue or tape the hanger to the top of the ornament if you prefer.
- Holiday-themed cardstock
- Glittery thread
- Pen or pencil
- Upholstery needle
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
How to Make a Stacked Rolled Paper Christmas OrnamentMeasure and cut strips that are 1/2 inch wide and 15cm long, 13 cm long, 11 cm long, 9 cm long, and 7 cm long. You will want one of each size per ornament you make.
Thread the glittery thread through the upholstery needle and tie the end of the thread in a knot.
Using the smallest strip of paper, create a circle and thread the needle through both ends to secure.
Then, thread the needle through the end of the next-sized paper, and loop it around the smallest, to then push the needle through that other side.
Repeat this process adding a strip of paper each time to form a new paper circle until all 5 are used.
At the top of the ornament, tie off the thread tightly against the paper and then form a loop to create a hook for hanging on the tree.
Repeat with different colors of paper to make more ornaments as you want.
More Christmas Ornament Crafts
Making homemade ornaments is one of the best parts of the holiday season. Below you will find some more of my favorite DIY ornaments that are fun to make, cute on the tree, and affordable! Bookmark the tutorial, print it out, or pin it to your Christmas Pinterest board to make soon!
- DIY Paper Straw Mini Christmas Tree Ornament
- Cute Felt Ice Skate Christmas Ornament
- Rustic Yarn Star Christmas Tree Ornament
- Charming Craft Stick Gingerbread House Ornament
- Rustic Old Book Page Snowman Paper Ornament
- Measure and cut strips that are 1/2 inch wide and 15cm long, 13 cm long, 11 cm long, 9 cm long, and 7 cm long. You will want one of each size per ornament you make.
- Thread the glittery thread through the upholstery needle and tie the end of the thread in a knot.
- Using the smallest strip of paper, create a circle and thread the needle through both ends to secure.
- Then, thread the needle through the end of the next-sized paper, and loop it around the smallest, to then push the needle through that other side.
- Repeat this process adding a strip of paper each time to form a new paper circle until all 5 are used.
- At the top of the ornament, tie off the thread tightly against the paper and then form a loop to create a hook for hanging on the tree.
- Repeat with different colors of paper to make more ornaments as you want.
Make in various sizes and colors to add a unique look to your holiday tree.
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Finished Project Gallery
Use any color or design paper for this to make a tree of unique paper ornaments.
You can add Mod Podge or spray starch to stiffen the paper to last longer if desired.