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Paper Cross Stitch Christmas Decorations

Updated on June 19, 2014

Sewing on Paper for the Holidays

Making paper cross stitch Christmas decorations is a unique way to make lasting holiday memories. Paper cross stitch is often done on greeting cards that you can then mail to friends and family.

Traditional counted cross stitch is usually done on fabric, but these beautiful works of art are made on paper! The delicate needlework is done on cross stitch paper. One tug too hard and the paper rips.

With a steady hand and patience, you can make beautiful home decor special enough to hand down to your children or grandchildren.

The paper cross stitch Christmas decorations shown here were made by a volunteer of Learning Ally, Phoenix, Arizona.

Note: I did not make these paper cross stitch Christmas decorations. I seriously doubt if I have the patience!

All photos of finished paper cross stitch designs by Peggy Hazelwood

Noel Cross Stitch Card

Noel Cross Stitch Card
Noel Cross Stitch Card
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Heart card.

Paper Versus Fabric Cross Stitch

Counted Cross Stitch on Paper

Traditionally needlework artists have made counted cross stitch on fabric. Paper cross stitch is done the same way but on paper!

You can use perforated paper that already has the holes in it or you can use plain paper and punch your own holes. Regular embroidery floss thread is used to create the design.

The photographs of the greeting cards shown here are all matted and framed. Then each year they are hung on the wall at Learning Ally every December so we can ooh and ahh over them. The display grows each year and makes for beautiful, unique holiday decorations.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Christmas Cross Stitch

Santa Claus Cross Stitch

Santa Claus Cross Stitch
Santa Claus Cross Stitch

Counted Cross Stitch Greeting Cards

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These paper cross stitch cards are beautiful but take a little time to complete. If you'd like to send these unique and truly handmade one-of-a-kind cards this coming Christmas, now's a good time to get started!

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Let us know you dropped by. - Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have done a little cross stitching years ago but never on paper. I love these patterns

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I did a few of these years ago - it's a nice way to send a unique Christmas greeting.

    • annieangel1 profile image


      6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I love cross stitch - must get on with some for Christmas

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      6 years ago

      I have done many cards on perforated paper. It is very stiff and have never had a problem tearing it. It goes quickly and is really fun.

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      6 years ago

      Years ago I did a lot of counted cross stitch but I am not sure I would have the patience not to pull the thread too tightly stitching on paper. I think there would be a lot of me saying, OOPs! Love your Christmas paper cross stitch display.

    • parmaggie profile image


      6 years ago

      I love counted cross stitch but never knew about paper cross stitch. Thank you. Very informative lens.

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      6 years ago

      I have made a few christmas cross stitch projects in the past... and now I leave it to my mother and my aunt.

    • dahlia369 profile image


      6 years ago

      My aunt has done lots of stitching and so has my mom. And I have no patience to sit and do this kind of needle work... However, I do very much admire and appreciate other people's finished products!

    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      My mom loves this kind of stitchery!


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