I’ve had the pure joy of teaching Christmas crafts workshops and making this paper ornament was one of the crafts. So I thought maybe I could make one that did not have to be a holiday theme. Just an ornament for an everyday decor.
There is this beautiful wallpaper leftover that I got from a garage sale that I’ve been itching to use and this diy would be perfect for it. You can make this lovely paper ornaments and I will show you how.
Wallpaper or gift wrapper ( or scrapbook paper )
Painter’s tape or masking tape
Look at this beautiful wallpaper print I got.
Begin by building the diamond shape frame for this ornamentt. You will need 9 pieces of disposable chopsticks.
Use painter’s tape or masking tape to attach two ends together.
Next, attach the third stick to make a triangle shape.
Then, attach and tape the 4rth stick on the top or tip of the triangle.
Tape the 5th stick on the bottom of the 4rth stick and attach it to the existing triangle shape.
The 6th stick then will have to be taped to bottom of two sticks and you will be sort of forming a pyramid.
To turn this structure to a diamond shape, you only need 3 more sticks. Attach another stick to a corner of the pyramid shape.
Next, tape another stick to the other corner of the pyramid. then join the tips of those sticks at the bottom. Then do the same for the last stick.
After building the frame, you can now cut up the paper sizes for the ornament. Trace one side of a triangle shape of your frame at the back of the paper that you’ll be using. Trace lightly because you only need to get the size. then use a ruler for straighter lines. Add another 1/4 -1/2 inch more to make for an allowance for folding.
Now, time to cut out the triangle on the paper. Use your first cut out and trace 5 more.
Use tacky glue and spread it on the stick. Start with a full triangle.
Place the glued frame on the back of the paper.
Allow a bit of time ’til glue gets a little dry then you can apply tacky glue again on the stick and fold in the excess paper.
The next one, you will apply glue on the edge of the stick which has the paper folded in. This side will have to be glued on the very edge of the paper because on this part you cannot fold in any excess.
At this point, two sides can still be folded in.
As you go along gluing the triangle cut outs, do the same process. When you get to the point where you can’t fold in any excess, just glue it on the cut out and when the glue dries up, cut away the excess paper.
Before you glue the paper on the bottom part of the frame, get a string and tie it on the tip.
Then finish up gluing all the paper cut outs. While waiting for the glue to dry up on the rest of the paper, you can make a tassel for the ornament. You can of course use string or embroidery thread. I just used felt. If you so decide to use felt, cut up strips of the same length and one short one.
Fold the length of the felt in to half and tie it up from about an inch down from the tip.
Then tie that short felt around and seal it with glue gun.
Now, you have a tassel for your paper ornament.
Glue the last piece of paper cut out. With last piece though, all sides can’t be folded in. Just glue the paper and you will have to trim 3 sides of the paper when the glue dries.
Then use glue gun to attach the tassel to the tip of your paper ornament and voila!
You can totally rock this!