Paper Christmas Crafts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 it) 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.
The template is at the bottom of the page.
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.
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.
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.