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Christmas Craft: Folded Paper Ball Ornament

Dec 9, 2020

One of my favourite ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree each year is a folded construction paper ball that my son made in kindergarten. My son is 20 now, so the ornament is faded and tattered and bent out of shape, but it will always have a special place on our tree.

This year, as I was hanging it in just the perfect spot, it occurred to me that my daycare kids would love to make folded paper balls as a Christmas craft.

They’re easy to make, so it’s a great activity for all ages. They require just a few basic skills — tracing, cutting, folding and gluing.

If you want to make the project even more artful, you can make your own custom paper with card stock and acrylic paint. It’s a really fun and creative way to start the project and to ensure that every ornament is unique.


The materials you'll need to make this craft

What You'll Need:

  • 2 pieces of card stock or construction paper (in white if you're painting them or in different colours/patterns if not)
  • acrylic craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • something circular to trace (a mason jar lid is a good size)
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • string for hanging

Looking for more Christmas crafts? Find out how to make sweet fabric scrap Santa ornaments here.


How It's Made:

Paint one side of each piece of paper with stripes, squiggles, dots etc. Allow to dry.

Painted paper drying

Trace your circular object on the paper and cut out the circles. (We got six circles from each piece of card stock.) Then fold your circles in half with the patterned side facing in.

Cut out circles, folded

Glue two circles together at their halves with patterned side out — you’ll be gluing the plain sides of the paper together (see photo below). Make sure edges are lined up and pinch firmly together.

Two circles glued together at their halves with pattern facing out

Glue another circle on to one of the previous ones, making sure you alternate your patterned paper as you glue more pieces on. Continue until you have one circle left.

folding circles to the previous one

Add the last circle, but before gluing the ornament closed, glue a loop of string in the crease between the first and last circles. Then glue the first and last circles together to close the ornaments, and press firmly.

ornament glued together with string attached

Hang your gorgeous Christmas folded paper ornaments on the Christmas tree or anywhere around your home that needs a festive pop of colour.

completed ornaments hanging up

Article Author Jackie Currie
Jackie Currie

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Jackie Currie is a mother, daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind the blog Happy Hooligans. A self-proclaimed glitterphobe, she specializes in easy, affordable arts & crafts and good, old-fashioned play.

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