Semi-Handmade Paper Christmas Ornaments

Have you decorated your Christmas tree with any handmade Christmas ornaments?

I have decorated a lot of Christmas trees, but I have always had to follow the design directive of the stores for which I worked.

My family tree is a hodgepodge of all of my family’s favorite ornaments –we each take a side of the tree to decorate.

So when Michaels asked me if I would like to decorate a dream tree, I jumped at the chance.  They provided the pre-lit tree and a gift card to make my dream tree a reality.

Paper-Christmas-Ornament-Template-Pattern to make handmade Christmas ornaments

Since I like to make and design in my own style and loved the way I decorated my dining room last Christmas, I chose to make handmade Christmas ornaments for the tree – along with lots of turquoise and glitter!

Affordable DIY Christmas tree decorating ideas

The tree fits perfectly in the empty corner of my dining room. It is a 7-ft pre-lit tree. My first ever-fake tree.

This is the first thing I have put up for Christmas. It looks nice and Christmasy, but if I stepped back with my camera and got a whole room shot, you would see a huge mess – Ed uses the room as his office and there is still stuff all over that needs to be put back in the kitchen.

I had an idea for a tree skirt, but did not have time to make it yet.  Until I get it completed, I simply wrapped black and white polka dot fabric around the stand. E-Z!

Scrapbook-Paper-Christmas-Ornaments to make

All of the items that I used to make on the tree were purchased at Michaels.

  • I cut out computer print-out initials and added them to mini gift bags stuffed with tissue paper.  On Christmas eve, I will place a tiny surprise in each one for each member of my family to open.  I used the font Ecuyer Dax. You can find out how to download the font to your own computer, here.
  • The houndstooth ornament I made by tracing the shape onto scrapbook paper card stock. I am not a scrapbooker, but love the patterns and colors of the papers I see when I walk down the scrapbooking aisles.  I am always looking for ways to use them.  Further down in the post, there is a free printable so you can make these paper ornaments on your own.
DIY Christmas-Ornament-Ideas to make in less than 10 minutes

More semi-handmade Christmas ornaments -I bought classic turquoise ball ornaments and added glitter to them.

  • To add the glitter evenly all around, hold the ornament hook and brush white glue all over the surface of the ornament and then sprinkle the glitter over it.  Hang to dry.

I even used a few decorations I bought As-Is!  No changing or adding anything to them. These fun glitter ball sprays look festive as a tree topper. I simply wedged the stems of each around the top branches of the tree and then bent them to fan out. Under them are silver glitter and glass branch sprays.

How-to Steps to Decorate A Christmas Tree


There are many ways to decorate a tree, but this is the process I use.

  • The first step is to add some filler. I wanted to give the tree a snowy effect and make it look fuller. I added 10 glittered pine and silver branch sprays evenly around the tree.  Fluff each to spread them out and then push the stem into the tree in a downward or horizontal position. I look for spots where you can see through the tree.
Turquoise net style yarn
  • I then add garland. I used this yarn. Isn’t it cool?  It even has shiny turquoise sequins already on it.  I also made a garland using pipe cleaners, but I will explain how I made it in another post.
Glittered letters

The next step is to place color and ornaments evenly around the tree. I found these glitter cardboard letters in the scrapbook aisle.

  • I used a 1/8” hole punch to make a hole in the top of each letter so I could hang them on the tree with ornament hooks.

How to Make Handmade Christmas Ornaments Out of Decorative Paper

I used scrapbook card stock and made a template of different ornament shapes.   I punched a hole in the top of each of the paper ornaments I cut out and attached a grommet to each with a grommet punch, so it could be hung in style.  You can simply use a hole punch for a super simple way to hang each ornament and skip the grommet detail.

Christmas-Ornament-Patterns-to-print and cut-out to make paper holiday ornaments

Download the .pdf

 Christmas ornament pattern template

Christmas-Ornament-template-for-making-cut-out paper Christmas ornaments

How to use the template:  Once you have saved the .pdf on your computer, print it out on card stock.  Use small scissors to cut each shape out.  Then place it over a piece of scrapbook paper and trace each ornament. Cut out.  This is a good project to do when you are watching TV.

Semi-Handmade-Christmas-Ornaments for holiday decorating

Scrapbook paper and glitter – even your kids could make these. I also found these hooks. I was thinking of making something similar but the price was right, so no DIY’ing needed.

Easy to make Christmas letter ornaments

Let the season of crafting joy begin!

For more creative and budget friendly Christmas decorating ideas, click here to my Christmas Project Gallery 

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  1. Kathy Castrission says:

    Thankyou so much for the template. Work in a nursing home and this will be great for a simple collage. Thanks again. Regards, Kathy

  2. Great ideas!
    I especially love the idea of using special “yarn” as garland, wonderful!
    And thank you for your generosity with the template, I needed one and was so glad to find one here :-)
    One thing, though… I think you mean houndstooth, not herringbone… ;-)


    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Ket – Thanks for the heads up on the houndstooth. :-)

  3. Your Dream tree is beautiful!

  4. Fantastic job Diane, I really love your ideas and it looks very cool!!
    BTW, thanks for sharing :)
    Cheers !!

  5. Hi Diane! The ornaments are lovely! Thanks for sharing the download! Blessings from Bama!

  6. Oh, okay! Very cool! Thank you :D

  7. SO CUTE!! Can’t wait to try it out! Hey, random question – your website has a pop-up box on the right hand lower corner that shows your profile pic and a little info about you – how did you do that? Just curious. Thanks!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Laura – The pop-up box is from When you sign up to use their Pinning tools you have the option to add a snippet of code to your site that will show the pop up.

  8. Beautiful!! I would love to decorate a tree in turquoise , but I must admit I’m the old traditional when it comes to the tree.

  9. Cheryl @ Artzzle says:

    Beautiful tree, lady. I always enjoy seeing how many new ways and places you incorporate Turquoise! Thanks for bringing us some bling so early!

  10. Diane, I love your ideas for decorating inexpensively and creatively. Although it’s too early for me to think about Christmas yet, I am keeping your ideas in mind. Thanks for sharing your templates with us.

  11. I love the cut-out, stock paper ornaments! A nice finish with the grommets. The letters (spelling words as JOY etc.) are charming.

  12. So over-the-top creative – I love it! I never would have thought to use those glittered alphas as ornaments and I’m crazy about the ball sprays as a tree topper. Great selection of your theme color, too.

  13. Inspiring, as always, Diane! Beautiful job and lots of great ideas. I have held that same yarn with the sequins in my hand at Michaels thinking of what I could do with it! :)

  14. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    I love everything about this tree Diane. I can’t wait to look for the pipe cleaners to make the garland. I was wondering if I should dare to even try to decorate a tree this year with my 5 kitty kats and 3 frisky pups. This it literally the kats meow.

    A few years back I did a full job of 3 boxes of brand new, little blue lights and used almost all of my glass balls and within 3 days, my little Sadie had totally dismantled the entire tree. I have pics somewhere of the tree leaning on it’s side. lol She not only broke most of the glass balls, but she took the lights down and even took the tiny light bulbs out of the sockets!!! Brand new lights and they were totaled in 3 days, so never again.

    I think this is about as kitty kat proof of a tree as I can ever hope to ever have again. Paper ornaments YES! And think of how compact for storing too! WIN WIN!

    And I hope to copy everything if I can find those gorgeous papers and letters and pipe cleaners. You always pick and find the most fabulous patterns of both fabric and paper. They say imitation is the best form of flattery.

    Thanks so much for sharing your brilliant style to us.

  15. Lois Stimax says:

    Some friends are coming over for a day of making ornaments. I am going to have five or six stations with a different ornament at each. I will definitely have one for the paper ornaments!! So easy for friends who are challenged by complicated crafts. It will be a fun day!!

  16. Krista @thehappyhousie says:

    These are fabulous Diane -what a fun ornament idea. Pinning:)

  17. I absolutely love this tree, fantastic job!