Today on the blog I’m going to share with you instructions on how to make some simple Christmas Decorations. These decorations can be made by adults or children and will add a fun element to your interior decor for the season!
The first decoration I am going to show you how to make is a 3D Snowflake
For this project you will need…
- 6 sheets of white paper (or any colour of your choice) I used white A4 printer paper
- Double sided tape or stapler
- A hole punch
- Cotton or string to hang
If you are starting with rectangular paper (like I am) the first step is to cut it into a square. To do this I folded the paper diagonally then used the straight edge as a guide and trimmed off the excess. You will need to do this to all 6 sheets of paper.
You can save the cut off piece and use it to make paper chains later!
The next step is to take your square of paper and fold it along the crease you initially made then fold the triangle in half again. Again, this needs to be done to all 6 pieces of paper.
Once you have done this you can now begin to make the cuts in the paper. Using the longest side as a guide, cut straight lines up the paper leaving about 1 cm uncut. I work from the double edge fold to the single edge fold but it doesn’t matter which way you cut the paper. Aim to make 5 or 6 cuts of equal width.
When all 6 pieces of paper have been cut in the same way you can then open the paper out.
Now we can start to construct the snowflake.
Place the paper as in the picture above (with the spine that is uncut running vertical), start in the middle and apply a piece of double-sided tape to one of the points of the triangle, roll it over and attach to the opposite side point so that it forms a tube.
Flip the paper over and then do the same to the next triangle point, then flip and repeat. Do this for all the triangle points.
You should end up with something looking like the above picture. Repeat for the other 5 pieces of paper.
Once all of the snowflake segments have been made lay them out. You will notice that one side has a bigger length than the other, make sure they all face the same way. You then want to attach them together using either double-sided tape or a stapler, big side on one to small side on the other, attach at the crossed part (like in the middle picture above). Once you have done this and attached all of them together you will then want to secure the centre points, I stapled 3 points together, then the other 3 then stapled the whole lot together (see the last picture above). Once you have done this you can then attach the last snowflake segment to the first, making the completed snowflake.
The last thing to do is punch a hole in one of the outer edges of the snowflake and add a piece of cotton or string so that it can be hung. You can make bigger or smaller versions of this by varying the size of the square of paper that you start with.
Using the same method as above you can create teardrop spinners to hang.
Just take one piece of paper, fold as above and trim excess (if starting with a rectangle), then cut the paper as before but aim to make the width between cuts around 0.5cm or narrower, open the paper out and, like before, start in the centre and attach point to point, flip and attach the next one, flip back and attach the next until you have attached all points, hole punch at one end and attach cotton or string and hang.
The next decoration I’m going to show you how to make is one that you can make with children and is really simple…
Toilet Roll Snowflakes
For this decoration you will need
- empty toilet toll tubes
- glue (PVA works best)
- hole punch
- string or cotton to hang
(hover your mouse over the photos for the instructions!)
1. First you will need to get the scissors and a toilet roll tube
2. Squash the tube to make it easier to cut
3. Cut the tube into 6 or 8 equal sized pieces
4. Use glue dots, double sided tape or glue and place near the fold of the cut pieces
5. Attach to another piece of cut tube
6. Keep going until the shape is fully formed
7. I used white acrylic paint to paint my snowflake but you could use any paint and any colour
8. Make sure to cover the whole shape
9. Check for any missed parts
10. I used this glue
11. Squeese out glue into a flat dish
12. Lay the snowflake in it and wiggle it about to cover all of the edges touching the surface
13. Sprinkle your choice of glitter onto another flat surface
14. Press the snowflake, glue side down, into the glitter
15. Give the snowflake a wiggle in the glitter so it adheres to all the glue
16. Leave to dry then punch a hole and hang wherever you choose
What decorations do you make for the festive season?