Paper is a wonderful medium for making Christmas crafts, as it is usually inexpensive, readily available and easy for children to work with. Making Christmas crafts with paper is a good classroom activity and beneficial for people who want to make a lot of simple crafts in a short amount of time. Some of these Christmas crafts can be modified and used for other occasions as well.
Paper chains are perfect for hanging on casually decorated Christmas trees, or for placing around windows or the fireplace mantel. Use a chain as a way to count the days down to Christmas by removing one link or adding one link for each day until the big night. Cut several strips of construction paper 3 inches long (or as long as you want) and about 1 inch wide. Choose red and green for a traditional chain, or use sliver and gold cardstock for a more formal chain. Create links by looping the strips of paper through each other and securing them with staples, tape or glue. Decorate with stickers, spray glitter or write Christmas wishes on each link.
Tissue Paper Wreath
Create a quick and easy tissue paper wreath to hang on your door to welcome holiday guests. Start with a sturdy paper plate as the base and cut a hole in the center of it. Then, crumple up wads of green tissue paper and attach them with white glue to the paper plate. Use bits of red tissue paper to create the illusion of berries. Glue a ribbon to the top or bottom of the wreath as a final touch. This wreath is lightweight enough to hang with sticky tape or other removable substances.
Paper Napkin Tea Light Holder
Use inexpensive paper napkins to create beautiful tea light holders. Cut off the top quarter of a Christmas-patterned paper napkin so you have a single square with the design on it. Take a piece of single-sided aluminum foil with adhesive (available at craft stores) and cut it to the same size as the napkin square. Remove the backing from the foil, and press the napkin carefully onto the foil so it sticks firmly and is not wrinkled. Repeat these steps so that you have two pieces lined with foil. Bring the two pieces together with the foil side inward and the decorative side outward, and stitch the edges together so you have a little "pouch". You can also use hot glue or even staples (although they might be unsightly) to attach the edges if don't sew. Don't sew up the bottom; just the edges. Finally, bring the pouch down over a tea light.
Stiff cardstock or cardboard works best for paper ornaments. Cut out a shape, such as a star, snowman or Christmas tree. Use cookie cutters as stencils, or make your own. Cut out a shape about a half-inch smaller, but otherwise identical, to your first shape. Choose a different, contrasting color of paper for your second shape. Glue the smaller shape to the center of the larger shape, then decorate your ornament. Add buttons, glitter, ribbons or stickers. Create a loop out of string or ribbon and attach it to the back of your ornament with hot glue or a stapler.
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