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How to make a paper snowflake Christmas ornament | DIY


The other day my daughter was sitting on the floor of my office playing with a few of my paper punches and trying her best to use up all my paper, when an idea suddenly popped into my head for an ornament.

After playing around with a few ideas and wasting even more paper, I came to the conclusion that I had a really cute (and super cheap) homemade gift idea, or nifty little holiday decoration…and it’s pretty ridiculously simple, too. I know it’s a million degrees outside and Christmas is forever away, but well…I’ll just play the “Christmas in July” card…and aside from that, it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts, right?

No grumbling about how it’s too early for Christmas. ChristmasChristmasChristmas! Okay, let’s go!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A Styrofoam ball. I used a 3″ size, but you could use any size you want.
  • A paper punch with a cool shape, as long as it’s relatively small; I would stick with an inch or less. For this ornament, I used a 1″ Martha Stewart snowflake punch. (Curse you, Martha Stewart craft section at Michaels…curse you).
  • 2 sheets of white cardstock.
  • Lots and lots of straight pins
  • Lots and lots of sequins…I used aqua blue.
  • Glitter (Thanks again, Martha..)
  • About 6″ of ribbon to make the hanger
  • And…nothing else. I’ll just continue with this extra bullet point here so this ornament seems more intricate than it really is.
  • Oh wait, there IS something else…glue, of course! (You know how some bartenders wear a bottle opener strapped to their arm? I wear glue like that).

First you’ll need to punch out lots of little snowflakes (or whatever shape you are using). The number of punches will vary depending on the size of your punch and the size of your styrofoam ball…for my snowflake ornament, I probably used about 100 snowflakes. (I also doubled them up…see below). I used cardstock for this shape, because the edges of the snowflake were so flimsy, and I was afraid thinner paper would rip or bend easily…but a thinner (and less painful to punch out a million pieces of) paper would probably work perfectly fine for a more solid shape.

punch out the paper snowflakes

After I punched out all the little snowflakes and my hand cramps had subsided, I decided I wanted to sparkle them up a little bit with some white glitter…if you want to do this too, just spread them out on a newspaper, and lightly (lightly!) spray a tiny bit (a tiny bit!) of glue across them, and then sprinkle on the glitter. I sprayed a little too much on a few of the snowflakes, and those poor guys didn’t make it. And so, just a teeny bit (a teeny bit!) will do the trick (the trick!).

sprinkle glitter on paper snowflakes

Finally time to start making the ornament…add a sequin to a pin, and then stick the pin through the centers of two snowflakes. I doubled up the snowflakes, unevenly, to make them look more full, but you may not need or want to do this with other shapes.

pin sequin to paper snowflake punch

And then stick that one, and a whole bunch more, into the Styrofoam ball…easy peasy, snowflake squeezy.

pin snowflakes into styrofoam ball

At some point before your ball is covered, just put one of your snowflake-d pins through the ends of a loop of ribbon…

make a ribbon hanger

…and pin it down. (I like to add a little glue to the end of the pin before pushing it into the foam ball, for some added security).

pin ribbon hanger to styrofoam ball

And once the entire ball is covered…your ornament is done! How awesome and simple is that?!

paper snowflake pomander ornament ball

These would look so cute on the Christmas tree…or a few grouped together in a bowl…just think of all the things you could do. Maybe some tiny beads instead of sequins…different colors and patterns and shapes of cardstock…

Or something a little dressier? A shimmery red and silver tablescape idea, perhaps?

red and silver paper pomander ornaments

Tell me what you think! Any other ways to vary this idea up?

P.S. Here’s a pinnable!

paper punch snowflake christmas ornament tutorial

{ 134 comments… add one }

  • Denise Gill April 19, 2014, 10:11 am

    This ornament is beautiful, as the same as all of your ornaments.
    Thanks for sharing with all. Can’t wait to try it

  • Piper April 19, 2014, 10:17 pm

    These are so pretty! I will try then!

  • April April 20, 2014, 10:48 am

    Wow that looks awesome! I’d so totally do that! I wonder what mulitute colors would look like…..

  • Margo Wakelin (New Zealand) April 29, 2014, 3:06 am

    What a simple but stunning idea. Thank you for sharing.

  • P Lurz July 27, 2014, 9:46 pm

    Look fun to make! I will have to try.

  • Patty July 30, 2014, 2:00 am

    What a neat idea for all ages!

  • Evelyn Tucker October 7, 2014, 7:35 am

    Thanks so much for this great idea. Went shopping today for materials. Love this idea!

  • Rev. Alloway November 4, 2014, 1:37 am

    A perfect craft for my Ladies Bible Study !!! They are all over 65 and we always make cards etc. for special occasions. Beautiful!!

  • Jackie November 17, 2014, 3:31 pm

    Awesome! This is a great idea. I am occupational therapy student and I used this activity to run an arts and craft group treatment! Thank you!

  • Donna November 21, 2014, 9:04 am

    Very pretty, thank you.

  • Gemma November 23, 2014, 3:30 pm

    This is a great I dear would love to do it with the children plus myself.

    Gemma x

  • Carla December 4, 2014, 6:42 am

    You come up with some great ideas. I hope to be able to try some of them in the very near future.
    Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  • Barbara Gallagher December 13, 2014, 1:51 am

    Can you tell me the size of the sequins and where you found this color? LOVE your ornaments – just bought patterns of others, too!

    • Staci Ann Lowry January 12, 2015, 12:36 am

      I don’t have the package anymore so I can’t remember the exact size, but I do remember that I bought this color at Michaels. I hope that helps! And thank you for purchasing some patterns, I hope you’ve enjoyed them! :)

  • Barb Fisher January 11, 2015, 5:21 am

    Hi, I plan to order the no sew quilted Easter Egg book, but didn’t know if I would also need other tools. I do have some styrofoam falls, but will probably need to get some eggs. I would like to go shopping on Tuesday morning, so I wasn’t sure if I order the Easter Egg Book if it will be here right away and have a supply list or if it will take a while to send. It look like you were using some specific tools. I really enjoy or imagination and creativity. Do you do a news letter?

    • Staci Ann Lowry January 12, 2015, 12:35 am

      Hi Barb….Thank you for the compliment! The e-book will arrive immediately after you order, by email, so yup! You’ll have it right away. :) You will need the Styrofoam eggs, straight pins (or sequin pins), scissors, tape measure, and your fabrics.

      And yes, I do have a newsletter, and I also have another no-sew pattern that you will get for free if you sign up….. you can do that right here: http://theornamentgirl.com/blog/get-my-moonlight-ornament-pattern-for-free/

      Thank you again, Barb! :)

  • Mary Ann Robinson February 1, 2015, 12:36 am

    Hi Staci, I love your website and have downloaded a few patterns. I belong to a Homemaker Club (there are 11 in my county) and we all decorate a lodge in a State Park and the Park hosts an event known as Christmas Open House. People come from all over Eastern KY, So. Ohio and Western W.VA to stay at the park and admire the decorations and the entertainment. Each club decorates a tree and we are always looking for ornament ideas so you can see why I am so glad I found you. This year the theme is a Victorian Christmas so it you have any ideas I would be glad to buy any patterns you offer.

    • Staci Ann Lowry February 4, 2015, 8:35 am

      Wow, that sounds amazing! (Something I would sure love to visit!)

      I am hoping to have a few new patterns and tutorials over the next couple of months. I hope I can come up with an idea worthy of your event. :)

  • Joy Gerbode February 1, 2015, 11:31 pm

    This is lovely … and simple enough my grandson could do it with me. And so beautiful when done! I have paper punches that could personalize an ornament for almost anyone, so this will be a fun project!!! Thank you so much!

  • Betty Cornwell February 8, 2015, 12:08 pm

    Those would look awesome with pearls too!

  • debra mclaughlin February 24, 2015, 8:48 am

    love your ornaments… cant wait to try this..

  • Susan March 5, 2015, 10:48 pm

    This looks like fun! Tell me though, I am still busily making quilted eggs – I didn’t know some sequins have larger holes! What do I need to look for so I can use the small pins?

    • Staci Ann Lowry March 11, 2015, 4:44 am

      Actually, I didn’t know that either! lol….. I bought most of my sequins at either Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, and I haven’t had any issues with the holes being too large. I’ve mostly only bought 7mm or smaller though…. I wonder if that has anything to do with it?

      I’m sorry; I wish I could be more help!

  • Mary Ann Eklund March 11, 2015, 12:57 am

    What a great idea and fun at that.

  • Deb gonzalez March 12, 2015, 7:36 am

    You are so talented and have such great ideas!!!!
    Thanks for sharing

  • Sandy Walling March 27, 2015, 9:04 am

    Just love your ornaments! I have not made my first ornament yet, but am gathering supplies ! Of course I started looking for eggs when Easter is upon us and stock seems to be low ! Where do you find your pins- is there any place where you can buy them in bulk? I have found bags of sequin pins, but there are only 250 in a bag.

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