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Updated on January 5, 2016

10 Awesome Christmas Paper Craft Ideas: Something Fun for Everyone

Time spent together making Christmas Crafts is special time indeed. This page is full of ideas for Christmas crafts using construction paper and a few more household items. Find paper-roll snowmen, a paper quilt, paper flower ornaments, a reindeer hat, paper-doll chains and more. Some of these ideas are my own and some come from trusted online sources. My daughter and I made each and every craft in order to add tips and hints along the way. What I enjoy most about crafting is the willingness of crafters to share ideas and also creativity where one idea springs from another. I hope you find at least one idea here that provides a wonderful project for you and your family or classroom.

Toilet Paper Roll Snowman Craft
Toilet Paper Roll Snowman Craft

1. Toilet-Paper-Roll Snowman

Paper rolls make great crafts! To make this cute paper-roll snowman all you need is a little construction paper, a toilet paper roll (or paper towel roll cut to size) and a couple of markers.

Not all paper tubes are the same size. These are the sizes that worked for our tube:

White paper for covering roll: 4"x 11" (wraps twice around tube)

For scarf: one piece 3/4" x 6 1/2" long

For scarf fringe: 3/4" x 1 1/4" (bend fringe up a little)

For hat: 1 1/4" x 6 1/2" (fold up 1/4 inch as shown below to resemble hat brim)

Cover the tube in white paper, securing the starting end and then tag end with tape. Add the strip for hat (already turned up 1 or 2 turns at 1/4 inch each), securing the starting end and then tag end with tape. Add the scarf, securing with tape. Then tuck the small fringe piece under the scarf, leaving fringe to show. Add face and buttons.

All paper can be attached with tape, so no glue is needed. The scarf fringe can be tucked under the scarf wrap.

Got extra t.p. rolls? Check out this beautiful ornament craft.

ReindeerPaper Hat Craft
ReindeerPaper Hat Craft

2. Reindeer Hat: A Favorite for Plays and Parties

This paper reindeer hat uses traced hands for the antlers and a simple band to complete the hat. Or take a look at these more realistic looking antlers which are placed more toward the front of the hat band. When I was a kid I always loved hats like this. For some reason they made me feel special.

Decorate the hat band with markers, Merry Christmas greetings, or shaped punch-outs.

Christmas Paper Chain Doll Craft
Christmas Paper Chain Doll Craft

3. Christmas-Themed Paper Dolls

Trees, snowmen, and gingerbread men all make good paper chain dolls. This idea is so simple, yet stays very popular with kids. I think it's the magic of pulling the paper apart after cutting out the shape. The accordion-style repeating pattern is fun to see and make. Construction paper traditionally comes in sheets 9" x 12". It can be folded back and forth to make four or five sections. We found four sections easier to fold (fold in half and half again, accordion style) and also easier to cut.

The key is making sure at least part of the image overlaps the edge of the paper when tracing. Adding a solid base helps with support, too, as with this Christmas tree we made.

Sample template offered at bottom of page.

Candy Cane Christmas Garland
Candy Cane Christmas Garland

4. Candy Cane Garland: Make in Any Shape

I chose a candy cane pattern for this garland because I like the festive colors red and white, but lots of other images can be used. Here we glued down strips of red construction paper for the stripes, but the stripes could easily be colored in with markers.

Check out where crafter D. Sharpe used snowmen for a garland (really really neat). In a classroom, kids could add all sorts of faces and scarves on the snowmen. Or decorated Christmas trees would be neat too. Mittens hung by clothespins would make a great decoration for a fireplace, Sunday School room, or classroom.

Free sample candy cane template at bottom of page.

Christmas Paper Ornaments
Christmas Paper Ornaments

5. Paper Strip Ornaments

Strips of paper of varying lengths of paper make beautifully simple ornaments; make an ornament by gathering and stapling the ends. For example, we experimented using 4, 4½, 5, and 5½ inches, and so on, increasing lengths by 1/2 inch for each layer. For younger kids, make the shortest (middle piece) at least 5 or 6 inches; the shorter the pieces, the harder they are to gather for the last stapling.

A difference of 1/2 inch in length gives a small space between layers, and one inch gives a wide space between layers. All you do is start with the shortest piece in the middle (just one piece) and then sandwich it with pairs of increasingly longer pieces. Hold the stack of pieces in your hand and jog them to one end. Staple in place on the jogged end. Then carefully gather and line up the pieces at the other end and staple them there.

A note about paper: What I like about using construction paper is that it is colored on both sides. What I don't like it that it fades over time. What I like about using scrapbook paper is that it comes in fabulous colors and patterns and won't fade. The only catch is that it is usually printed on only one side. You can see in the picture above that the backside of the paper used there is white. If you can get your hands on two-sided scrapbook paper, that's the way to go.

*Check out this very sophisticated version of this craft using pages from a Shakespeare play!

6. Christmas Tree With Hole-Punched Lights

I found this one at Family Fun. The results are really neat and look nice hanging in a window.

I actually DID have a gold star button for the top of the tree (as the instructions suggest), but I couldn't get it to stay in place so we used a star sticker. Something I want to mention is that when you do the final assembly on the tree, you have to make sure the pieces are all facing the same way. In other words, if one of the colored pieces from the middle has gotten flipped over, the colors won't show through correctly. You'll see what I mean. My other hint would be to use fairly thin paper in the middle for ease of punching holes.

My daughter (my tester :-) thought this one was "cool" and immediately wanted to try extra colors.

3D Reindeer Ornament Paper Craft
3D Reindeer Ornament Paper Craft

7. 3D-Look Paper Ornaments: So Cute!

You use small pieces of a drinking straw to separate the pieces. You won't believe where I got this idea. My daughter has a cute pair of reindeer earrings (I'll try to add a photo) and the reindeer is in three layers. I thought...hmm...I can make that idea into ornaments of all kinds. I'm sure someone will improve on it. We are going to try christmas trees and snowmen too. This particular pattern has some detailed cutting around the antlers, so I'm adding an option for simpler cutting.

Using the template, cut out the three pieces from brown construction paper. Punch holes through all tabs and add a reinforcing circle sticker to the backs of the tabs (optional). Add eyes, nose, and hooves with black marker. Cut two small lengths of drinking straw (red is nice if you can find red - check a convenience store counter) about 1/4 inch or shorter. Add pieces to a string (or a pipe cleaner hanger) as shown. Hang as an ornament or for decoration.

Template at bottom of page.


Paper Ornament Craft for Christmas
Paper Ornament Craft for Christmas

8. Paper Flower Ornaments

So simple, yet amazing, this paper flower craft from a fellow crafter epitomizes how simple paper strips can be transformed into a stunning ornament. Crafter extraordinaire Jessica Jones at How About Orange shares this craft with the world. We made two of these using her instructions. Teens and pre-teens will love this one.

A few things we learned while making this craft:

Depending on the depth of your stapler, it may be difficult to reach the middle of the paper strip. My regular stapler was too short, but thankfully I had recently purchased a long-reach stapler that worked.

The thicker the paper, the fewer sheets are needed to fill out the flower. I used 11 strips of scrapbook paper (as recommended) but removed two of the strips since my paper was rather thick and I didn't need as many. My daughter used regular thickness paper (yellow), and 11 layers worked well.

If you use scrapbook paper that is printed on one side, you'll have to switch directions half way through gluing, to keep the color towards the outside.

Check out this really neat variation here at Flickr.

Christmas Paper Quilt Craft
Christmas Paper Quilt Craft

9. Colorful Christmas Paper Quilt

I can think of lots of ways to use this idea. Here, my daughter used small squares to make a pattern. Larger triangles could also be used. I made a pattern for the front of a greeting card. For a classroom, each child could make one or two quilt squares and then assemble them all into one big quilt for a wall hanging.

Paper quilts, just like fabric quilts, have all sorts of possibilities. Use scrapbook paper or construction paper. Use squares or triangles. Christmas silhouette shapes could even be layered onto the patterns.

We used glue sticks for this project.

Punch holes and sew with yarn paper stocking - lacing card
Punch holes and sew with yarn paper stocking - lacing card

10. Lacing Paper Stocking

This stocking is made to hold a treat or surprise (something small). The base piece is the entire stocking. Then glue down the cuff, heel, and toe. Then punch holes around the edge, lace it up and tie off the string. The only thing I'll add is that the yarn can get frayed as it is sewn. We taped the ends of our yarn with a small piece of tape to reinforce them a little. Even though my child is 13 years old she enjoyed sewing the stocking! For sewing, it's best to find the middle of the yarn and then start lacing from the bottom center up each side.

My first thought with this craft was to fill the stocking with some sort of goody and take it to a nursing home. I'd like to do that.

Sample template at bottom of page.

*Note About Templates: Copy and Paste

Currently I don't have a way to offer pdf's for these template shapes. Use these rough templates by copying and pasting them. Feel free to right-click and "Save Image As..." on your computer. Then copy and paste them into a folder on your hard drive, and print them out at the desired size. Free to copy and share.

Christmas Tree Template for Paper Chain - Free to Copy, Use and Share

Christmas Tree Template for Paper Chain
Christmas Tree Template for Paper Chain

Candy Cane Template - Free to Copy and Share

Candy Cane Template
Candy Cane Template

Stocking Template—Free to Copy, Use and Share

Stocking Template
Stocking Template

Stocking Parts—Cuff, Toe and Heel—Free to Copy, Use and Share

Stocking Cuff, Toe and Heel Template
Stocking Cuff, Toe and Heel Template

3D Reindeer Template—Free to Use, Copy and Share

3D Reindeer Template
3D Reindeer Template

What Do You Think of These Paper Crafts?

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      Anthony Davis 23 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      I will admit you really did a wonderful job at this hub. You have good imagination that will give many people helpful ideas from your talented arts and crafts for Christmas. I am glad I found you. Keep up the excellent writing.

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great ideas! I love how you can use toilet paper rolls and put them into good decorative use as snowmen. How adorable! Fantastic Christmas crafty hub!

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      Hannah Writes 3 years ago

      Great ideas for parents and teachers!

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      vera718 3 years ago

      impressive

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      noner 3 years ago

      Love them! I think I'll be making the snowman with my son!

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      eiramarie 3 years ago

      Very adorable.. thank you for sharing.. I've learned a lot

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      Christine Hulme 3 years ago from SE Kent, England

      lovely ideas!

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      talanted_one 4 years ago

      Amazing!!! Thank you!!!

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      chrisilouwho 4 years ago

      those reindeer are the cutest!

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I think your paper crafts are great. I love the way you presented them. I head the craft club at the school and am always looking for great, inexpensive crafts to tech the student.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      These are adorable. I like the flower and the three dimensional ornament. Stellar crafts for kids.

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      noner 4 years ago

      I think the paper flower ornament is my favorite.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for the fun, straightforward ideas! Just what I was looking for.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      :) Extremely Cute Ideas, I know my son & I will be making a couple of these!!

      One thing you could add to your Paper Quilt for the card cover... mix 1/3 water with 2/3 white Elmer school glue, and paint over top of the finished card cover & let dry. It will leave a glossy coating & hold everything in place.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love the ideas!!! One thought, and that is to cut paper towel rolls instead of using toilet paper rolls which could have feces on them. The preschool where I worked prohibited the use of them for just that reason. Otherwise, great ideas and suggestions!!

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      littleowl1 4 years ago

      I absolutely adore this! My dorm is trying to think of ways to decorate for Christmas on a college kid's budget.... I think we have some pretty good ideas now!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great cute Christmas ideas for kiddos!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Too cute. Making some of these for sure. Fun, Fun, Fun. Don't forget to add sone glitter!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      really great....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      OMG! This is perfect stuff! I love it! Totally making it seeing X'Mas is coming!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Lovely - pinned to my Crafts I love board.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Great ideas.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice

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      Jen 5 years ago from California

      Just what I was looking for! Thanks forbthe great ideas!

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      angielichtenstein 5 years ago

      Love this! Awesome ideas I plan to do next Christmas with my 4 yr. old.

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      GraceKing 5 years ago

      wow, It's interesting and eco friendly to have paper xmas craft!

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      RealityTV LM 6 years ago

      Lots of great ideas!

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      doubleside lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Hmmmmm, I think I'd like that reindeer hanging around my place -- very cute!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      love the different ideas thanks

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      @WildFacesGallery: Thanks WildFacesGallery,

      Your Homemade Christmas Lensography List is one of my faves.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Really cute. Am adding to my Handmade Christmas Lensography.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Really cute ideas with great directions! Most Excellent!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Very nice lens and great ideas. Love the flower ornaments.

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Wow did this bring back memories. I remember making many of these with the kids, but the flower I hadn't seen. Very good activities for the kids, and you did a great job showing how to make them,

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      This is wonderful, I love rudolf in 3D. I wish I had these ideas when I was working with the kids in our school...this would have kept them going for days! I am so glad I can ~Bless this lens~ Congratulations

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 7 years ago from Northern California

      I love the Paper Flower Ornaments. What a very cool idea.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      These are so cute. I love the snowman toilet paper roll. Thanks for sharing!