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Paper Frame to Make for Hanging or with Magnet

Updated on February 20, 2017
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Ms. Venegas has been using origami to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet.

Make Christmas Craft Paper Frame Ornaments Using an Easy Paper Fold

It is easy to get started with these lovely paper craft ornaments using a simple origami fold and a dab of glue. This technique is tea bag folding and children plus adults will enjoy doing this during the holiday break. Glue on a magnet and this charming paper craft can be used all year long.

This simple to make paper frame can be used for any photo you want to display and give to a friend or relative.

Paper folded stars are made of Christmas paper, add a favorite photo, a length of ribbon and your paper frame ornaments are complete.

Keep your guests busy and let them take them home for their Christmas tree craft. Handmade Christmas ornaments to put on the holiday tree each year for a remembrance of time spent at your warm and fun filled home.

See how easy these Christmas ornaments are to make with the step by step photos that follow.


Supplies for Your Christmas Craft

The supplies you will need to make this easy Christmas craft.

  • Printed Christmas Themed Paper

    You can gather up wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper, list-pad paper, unused stationery paper for the laser printer, or even print your own with Christmas motifs and clip-art found on the web.

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon

    You can use anything that you may have around the house; wrapping ribbon, satin ribbon, fish line, elastic gold or silver string,

  • Hole Punch

Paper Frame Ornaments
Paper Frame Ornaments

Christmas Paper

Make These for Mother's Day too

The paper I am going to use for this demonstration is decorative printing stationery. Cut seven 2 inch squares. If you like, practice first with any paper you have around the house.

How-to Christmas Paper Craft

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Cut seven 2 inches tiles from paper of your choice. Fold the seven tiles in half diagonally, as shown above.With right side down fold each side of tile in meeting the diagonal crease in center.Fold the white point up as shown with the two upper tiles.Fold the highest point down to the edge of the bottom of the triangle. The areas with the dots should meet. The tiles should look like the two on the upper left.Turn all folded tiles over and position like the tile on the lower left. Fold down the longer side to meet the short side. The arrow indicates your new crease. Your tile will look like the one on the lower right.Turn tiles over. Start with your dab of glue on the right tip as shown above at center right. Place the left tip on your dab of glue. More tips for this step below.Use your finished star to align and trace a motif from an old greeting card. Cut out your tracing 1/4 inch inside your tracing as shown above.Put glue on the edge of your cut out.Align and press on the back of the star.Punch a hole into the top, slip in and tie a length of ribbon, string or fish line.
Cut seven 2 inches tiles from paper of your choice. Fold the seven tiles in half diagonally, as shown above.
Cut seven 2 inches tiles from paper of your choice. Fold the seven tiles in half diagonally, as shown above.
With right side down fold each side of tile in meeting the diagonal crease in center.
With right side down fold each side of tile in meeting the diagonal crease in center.
Fold the white point up as shown with the two upper tiles.
Fold the white point up as shown with the two upper tiles.
Fold the highest point down to the edge of the bottom of the triangle. The areas with the dots should meet. The tiles should look like the two on the upper left.
Fold the highest point down to the edge of the bottom of the triangle. The areas with the dots should meet. The tiles should look like the two on the upper left.
Turn all folded tiles over and position like the tile on the lower left. Fold down the longer side to meet the short side. The arrow indicates your new crease. Your tile will look like the one on the lower right.
Turn all folded tiles over and position like the tile on the lower left. Fold down the longer side to meet the short side. The arrow indicates your new crease. Your tile will look like the one on the lower right.
Turn tiles over. Start with your dab of glue on the right tip as shown above at center right. Place the left tip on your dab of glue. More tips for this step below.
Turn tiles over. Start with your dab of glue on the right tip as shown above at center right. Place the left tip on your dab of glue. More tips for this step below.
Use your finished star to align and trace a motif from an old greeting card. Cut out your tracing 1/4 inch inside your tracing as shown above.
Use your finished star to align and trace a motif from an old greeting card. Cut out your tracing 1/4 inch inside your tracing as shown above.
Put glue on the edge of your cut out.
Put glue on the edge of your cut out.
Align and press on the back of the star.
Align and press on the back of the star.
Punch a hole into the top, slip in and tie a length of ribbon, string or fish line.
Punch a hole into the top, slip in and tie a length of ribbon, string or fish line.

One More Paper Frame Tip - Ornaments to Make

Holiday paper ornamnet
Holiday paper ornamnet

When gluing the paper frame together I use this slight adjustment to get a more flat laying star. Join the area of the green dots closely together. The area with the red dots should overlap just a fraction, enough so one is setting on the top of the other. You will see how these adjustments work after making a few.

Handmade Christmas Ornaments - Paper Frame

How to make a picture frame
How to make a picture frame

These paper folded stars would be charming, with a photo, for guest gifts.

photo tips
photo tips

Make A Magnet Star Frame

Align and trace a photo and cut as in the step by step star frame instructions above. Cut thin strips of double-sided photo corners, peel off release paper and press onto back of star.

A magnet could be placed on the back for the kitchen refrigerator, cooking hood, or any magnet ready surface.

Your Crafts for Christmas

Your Crafts for Christmas
Your Crafts for Christmas

This is Not Just Crafts for Christmas

Use This Paper Folding Craft Anytime of the Year.

The paper frame at the above left was made using Christmas wrapping paper. I cut each tile identical and made sure each was folded at the same angles to get the symmetric look. The photo is inside the folded star. The one on the right has more depth.

If you need any help with the paper folded stars just ask below in the comments section.

These paper ornaments can be used for any holiday depending on the paper motif you choose. You might start paper folding for Valentine's Day. This how-to on the picture frame can be used in the job cubicle, on the car dashboard, the home computer desk, on the night stand lamp and mailed in your Valentine.

Do you have an idea for the paper frame ornament?

Out of Print Tea Bag Folding Book - See photo on Amazon

Review by Paperfacets

Tea Bag Folding (Design Original Can Do Crafts)
Tea Bag Folding (Design Original Can Do Crafts)

The tea bag folding pattern I am using for this craft appears in this book that is no longer in print. A few sellers offer the book on Amazon. Shop eBay first if you decide to purchase this book. It is a bit over priced at $30.00. The original copy had several pages of printed paper tiles to fold. The used copies may no longer have the papers.

This is the first book that introduced me to tea bag folding. The pattern instructions are easy to follow and there are many ideas and pages for exploring. If you want more to explore this book is well worth $10.00.

 

© 2010 Sherry Venegas

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    • emmaklarkins profile image

      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      Wow, this doesn't look too hard! My mom made some simple ornaments for our first Christmases, and now they're treasured antiques!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      It is indeed about the time to get started on making Christmas ornaments. I used to love to give out handmade ornaments along with my Christmas gifts.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've never tried paper folding, but your instructions look really easy to follow and the pictures of your finished items are gorgeous, making me want to give this a try. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My grama has stacks and stacks and stacks of old cards she can't throw away. This would be a great way for her to create ornaments for ANY season to decorate her room at the nursing home!

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      We used to make these at school. Great lens and some useful photos. Thanks for sharing.

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