Here’s another Christmas ornament that is super easy to make, and even cheaper than my felt pom pom ornament. It’s simply 20 circles, cut out of your favorite paper, and glued together into a sphere. While really simple, I think that it’s also really striking and fun.
If you have circle punches, this craft could easily be done alone with supervision by a kindergartner. Even a younger preschool-aged child could help glue it together in the later steps, once the circles are cut and folded. I love crafts that get the kids involved. At Christmastime, I think that their involvement is even more important and fun. We’re making memories!
Want to make your own? This tutorial is photographed step-by-step, so once again your little ones can follow along, even if they can’t read.
First, pick a heavy-weight paper that you like. You could actually use multiple paper types and mix it up. My mom used to make these in elementary school with old Christmas cards her teachers would let them cut up. If you don’t have pretty paper or cards handy, even plain white paper would be very elegant and snowflake-like for this ornament.
You’ll need 20 circles. Mine are 1 1/2 inches, but you can make yours as big or small as you want. I suggest going with whatever size your circle cutter or punch will make. But you could certainly trace and cut them out with scissors (if you have way more patience than me!).
Cut one extra circle. Fold the edges in evenly, to form a triangle. You’re going to make a template to lay over all your other circles for folding.
Cut out your triangle. This is your template. Don’t skip this step, simple as it seems. It’s going to make folding your 20 circles evenly MUCH easier.
Lay your triangle template over a circle, center it up, and fold around it. You should be folding so that the pretty side of your paper is on top. Repeat for all 20 circles.
Borrow a glue stick from your kids, and start gluing the folded edges together.
Your first round will be made of 5 circles, glued to make a larger circle. See above.
For the second round of gluing, attach another circle to each of the 5 exposed folds. The result will look like a flower.
Fill in the gaps of the flower shape with 5 more circles. I don’t know why I just took one photo of this step, but I did and it’s blurry!
Your last five circles will be attached together just like the first row. Go ahead and glue all but the last circle to the ornament and to each other. Wait on the last one.
Fold a piece of thin ribbon in half, and tie a knot on the loose ends. Slip it into the ornament. The knot will keep it from coming out once the final circle is glued down. Go ahead and glue the last circle.
And that’s it! Hang it on your tree, admire it, and make a dozen more. Hope you enjoy!