Simple Paper Christmas tree ornament

DIY christmas paper ornament

Hi Friends, how is this fall day treating you? We are exactly one week away from Thanksgiving, and we have a call for snow on Saturday. Winter comes fast here in Wisconsin. With that being the case, once it snows I am all out Christmas magic time! I guess it comes back to me growing up in southern California and dreaming of a white Christmas. With snow in the forecast, I decided to begin daydreaming and creating for the upcoming holiday!

I still have my fall stuff up around my home, but guys… I am not sure how long I can hold out! I have a handful of new projects to make full of Christmas cheer. I can feel it coming on, my halls are going to be decked very soon.

paper tree ornament tutorial with steps

Today I am prepping for the Christmas tree. I really like this project because it is a simple way to decorate. Making a ton of these paper Christmas tree’s would be a fun way to decorate your tree for the holidays.

It was a really simple process that is all shown within the image above.

  1. Select the paper you want to use, get some rope and a twig.
  2. Roll a piece of paper into your desired size for the ornament
  3. Draw a leaf template. As you can see I took some artistic liberties with my “leaf” I wanted this to be whimsical. 
  4. I cute a bunch of rectangle shapes out of the two different patterned paper. I did not show this step, but use the leaf template and cut out a bunch of leaved from the cut paper. 
  5. Attach the leaf where you want it to go with a line of hot glue.
  6. Any spots that a leaf needs to be wedged in, putting glue directly onto the leaf was needed.
  7. I started from the bottom and worked my way up. Using one paper pattern for one row and then using the other for the next row. Alternating the leaf itself and putting them in overlapping. To show off the layered look. 
  8. Continue to the top
  9. I have a whimsical and fun paper Christmas tree. 

adding stem to paper tree

To make this work as a true Christmas tree I added a stick. It makes this look a little Dr. Seuss like but I am loving it! I can see this tree making itself seen in any gold Dr. Seuss book, in fact I am certain I have seen this tree in one of the books. This was not intentional, but my kids are loving it!

loop for ornament

Using the rope, looping  it and tying it on one end.

top of tree ornament

I used a generous amount of hot glue to make the rope stay stuck to the top of the tree.

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That is it! With some paper, rope, a stick and glue I get this fun Christmas tree ornament. I love the simplicity of it. As I said, this is artistic interpretation of this. No, it does not look like a real Christmas tree. I chose bright patterned paper, it is all in fun.

diy paper tree ornament

For now this little guy is sitting in a tiny pine tree. We have not gotten our Christmas tree up yet. I am prepping my home for the big finale that is the Christmas tree. Trying to give Thanksgiving the respect it deserves… but… Christmas is so magical, fun, sparkly…. I am antsy to get my home in the festive spirit!

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paper tree ornament

I do know that when I get the Christmas stuff out, this cute little paper Christmas tree ornament will fit right in with my fun and bright Christmas decor.

diy paper ornament

I have never really gotten into the ornament making tradition too much. This is now my second one of the season and it has not even officially begun yet! You can see my first ornament creation here. That one was also a Christmas tree, which I am really feeling right now. I have right in front of me on the table 5 Styrofoam cones and a bunch of supplies to make some great Christmas tree’s. I am not sure why, but it is all about the tree this year for me.

I have a lot of crafts, ideas, and fun ways to add just a little something special to my home for Christmas. This little ornament is just the beginning. Take this as the official warning, once my home has been Christmas-ified there is no stopping me. I am the complete opposite of the Grinch. I am the green guy after his heart grew three times it size. Beware, I feel the stirrings of the jingle bells, chestnuts roasting on an open fire (do people actually do that?). I may or may not be playing Christmas music right now, “allegedly”. Can you tell I like this time of year?!

How about you? Please tell me I am not the only one who could rival that happy Elf that Will Ferrell played, he was filled with joy. That is pretty much me! Where are my joyful Elf’s at?!

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39 Comment

  1. Super cute idea Emily!

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you Roxanne!

  2. What a cute idea! I would love to be able to make these with my boys. And by make I mean let them choose the paper colors 🙂 P.S. LOVE your new site layout!!

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Haha, getting kids involved needs to still be controlled. Letting them pick out paper is a good start ;). Thanks for the compliment on the layout! It was a long road to get to here and I am so happy it is done!

  3. sara says: Reply

    Such a fun craft idea to do with the kids while they are on break. I love the twine too. Something about the rustic feel of it reminds me of Christmas (:

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you so much! It would be fun to do with the kids.

  4. This is so cute! I’m going to try it with my toddler, thanks for sharing!

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you! Have fun crafting!

  5. So cute and what a great and simple walkthrough. Thanks for sharing this is adorable!

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you! I always try and make things simple for others to create as well.

  6. Oh how cute! Such a great idea! And I love how budget-friendly it is too!

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thanks! It was super low cost, I purchased a book of crafting paper on sale for $7.99 but purchasing a few pieces of paper would have been even lower cost.

  7. That is so cute, and so simple! I love your gorgeous photographs, too.

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you so much! I am happy you enjoy my project and pictures.

  8. Hi, Emily ~ This is such a great idea! And I like that it uses scrapbook paper, because I have that stuff coming out my ears! :0) Thanks for sharing.

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you Tiffany!

  9. Leslie says: Reply

    Cute project. You could make them so different by using different kinds of paper.

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      That would be fun and a great idea!

  10. CeeGee says: Reply

    So a great craft idea! I can’t wait to our tree up. We always wait until after Thanksgiving.

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you, have fun putting your tree up next week!

  11. Zan says: Reply

    Love it so much, Emily. It looks so simple to make!

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you! It was really simple to make!

  12. bonbon says: Reply

    Looks like a lot of fun and so pretty too!

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you!

  13. I love hand made ornaments! They’re so much better than store bought ones. When I was little my mom and I made a bunch of ornaments with sequins and little pins that you pushed into styrofoam shapes. To this day, they”re my absolute favorite ornaments I have on my tree! Love this idea!!

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      That is such a sweet tradition you and your Mom did. That is what the holidays are all about!

  14. Nicole says: Reply

    Love this!! All your stuff is always great, but this one I actually might be able to do! haha

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you so much! My goal is for people to give my ideas a try, this one was very easy to make. Good luck!

  15. Emily, you have such easy but impactful ideas! This is great and I love your tutorial photo collage!

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you! I love that people enjoy my tutorials!

  16. Irion says: Reply

    You’re so crafty. I love the stuff you make!

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you!

  17. Heidi says: Reply

    This ornament is so cute! I love that you can mix and match the papers to get all sorts of fun designs. I’m creating a roundup of ornaments that kids can make. I’m going to add this one. Let me know if you don’t want me to include it!

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you so much! I would love to be included in the round up and I will be looking out for it!

  18. My family has always had a Christmas ornament making tradition. I also made them with my own children and still have many of them. These are sweet little trees and would be fun to make with all of my little scraps of Christmas papers. I think you should adopt this tradition! It will give you a break from the big home redesign projects.

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you! That is a good idea and I plan to have my kids create a few also for Christmas.

  19. Lizzie says: Reply

    Yay I love this – very cute! And so versatile, too, with the different kinds of colours, papers, and textures you can use!

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you! It can be done in a ton of different ways.

  20. Agatha says: Reply

    Better than buying, and all the more fun to make them with the family!

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