Any symmetrical shape works well for three-dimensional ornaments. Add a loop of yarn or string to hang the ornament on the tree or place them around the room as decorative accents. The demonstration model uses squares of construction paper.
Heavy paper (colored construction paper or heavy wrapping paper)
Rubber cement, school glue or craft glue
Yarn or ribbon
Cut out multiples of the desired shape in the same or complimentary colors. The model uses six 3-inch by 3-inch squares, three red and three green.
Fold each shape on the midline.
Apply glue to the back of ½ of two shapes. Match the sides and press firmly into place. Repeat until all but one of the joining is completed. For a hanging ornament, add a loop of yarn or ribbon before joining the last two sides.
Add any desired decorations such as glitter or rickrack, or use a decorative punch to add a design. Fringe the edges or trim with pinking shears for a fancier finish.
Alternate solid and patterned shapes for added interest.
Larger shapes are easier for small fingers to manage. Children can draw designs on the outer surface of shapes before gluing for a more personal ornament. Or use small holiday stickers.
Scraps of wrapping paper or lace paper doilies add variety when matched with solid-colored construction paper. Alternate the materials while joining the pieces.
Shaped scissors add interesting edges, but wait until the ornament is joined to simplify matching edges.
Artists Helping Children: Christmas Ornament Crafts