Today’s tutorial is the perfect kid-friendly project that will produce heirloom DIY paper ornaments! My four-year-old and I had a blast making these little treasures, which now hang proudly on our Christmas tree.
What do you do when you’ve got a bored four-year-old at home in the thick of the holiday season? Make DIY paper ornaments! Today, I’ll show you how my little guy and I made some beautiful holiday tree jewelry that will last for years to come.
For my second ornament, I used the “Unraveled Ornament” motif (again, from the TPK Holiday Calligraphy Worksheet 2022 Edition) and metallic green ink. Remy was finished with his ornaments by that point, so I added silver paint to the tops of his ornaments.
3. Protect Your Ornaments (Optional)
Next, if you want to, you can use MicroGlaze to add a protective layer to your ornaments. This step isn’t strictly necessary, but it does help to ensure that your paint won’t smudge over the years, and it makes the paper just a tad bit more resilient.
4. Punch Holes and Add String
Now, use a large hole punch to put holes in the tops of the ornaments.
Hole-punching requires precision that young kids don’t possess, but kids do love to use the hole puncher! I let Remy play with the hole puncher on a spare piece of paper while I wrote his name and the year on the backs of his ornaments.
Once you’ve punched holes in the ornaments, use the string/twine of your choice to make hangers.
Then, hang the ornaments on your tree!
I hope that today’s tutorial inspires you to make a cool ornament — either by yourself or with a beloved little one. For more ornament goodness, you can check out the Calligraphy Christmas Ornament Tutorial. It uses the same template that I’ve provided you with today, but the project concept is a bit more adult!
Thanks so much for reading this tutorial, and happy holidays from Remy, Pia, Hernán, and me!