Impress your guests with your own hand-made Advent stars! We have lots of folding kits from which to choose. It can be a little tricky at first, so read the instructions included in the kit carefully and use an embossing tool. Once you've gotten the hang of the technique, it's hard to stop. Hang up your Christmas star with a ribbon in the window or place it among the branches in the tree.
Hide your Christmas sweets inside of whimsical Christmas crackers! In this example, we've made a tree, an elf and a fairy. Begin by gluing together a nice-sized tube of card. Fold some tissue paper accordion style at the end and cut fringe into it. Glue the tissue paper to your tube and then let your creativity flow. Attach flowers, pieces of felt, wiggly eyes and pipe cleaners to your Christmas cracker. Decorative berries make a nice nose for Santa or ornaments for the tree. It's best to use a hot glue gun to make this Christmas craft.
This white, stylish "star" can be as simple as you want it to be. It's made from 12 paper bags! Glue the bags together one after the next, side by side. When you have glued on the last bag, you can open up the entire bundle to make a "sun". First, let the glue dry. Then open them up and glue the last bag to the first one. Remember to glue all the way out along the edges to prevent any gaps. Stylish and simple! If you like, you can decorate your star with paint and glitter.
Here, we have made a stylish variation that is reminiscent of pine cones, but our Christmas baubles shimmer in holiday hues. METHOD: Remove and spray paint the bauble's hanger; set aside and let dry. Then punch out small circles from card (we used card in bordeaux and a glittery red design sheet). Attach them with a glue gun, starting in the middle of the bauble and working upwards to finish at the opening. Make notches in the last circles before attaching them, to create an attractive finish that is concealed beneath the spray painted hanger, which you will replace on the bauble. Take a look at our "Christmas Baubles" leaflet to find more great tips for making your own Christmas baubles.
If you enjoy paper-folding, you're sure to love our leaflet with instructions and templates, too. With this leaflet, it will be easy to make beautiful Christmas ornaments. It contains tons of inspiration, with everything from simple folds to more advanced origami. The fun thing about paper is that you need so little: just paper, scissors and glue to get started. Then you always can spruce things up even more with twine and wooden balls.
The best flowers of Christmas, and they don't even need to be watered! Make them yourself with paper. You can use hobby card or French card, and there are loads of colours from which to choose. The "Paper Folding" leaflet, item number 364156, contains instructions and templates. If you want to try it yourself without the leaflet, the idea is simple. Fold a piece of paper in half; cut out a half petal shape and fold it up accordion-style a little haphazardly. Open it up, and you have a petal. Roll up a sheet of paper (15x7 cm) and glue it together to form a stem, which you will then glue the petals to as you make them. Finish with a few beads as pistils.
Serving Christmas sweets in traditional cones at a holiday party boosts the cosiness factor. The waxed paper looks beautiful folded, crinkled, or as seen here - embossed using a Christmas greeting template (for a fabulous vintage feel). If you want to emboss the paper with a text, then place the template upside down (otherwise the text will be backwards) and rub carefully using a light touch. The pattern will stand out in relief in light lines, which is typical of waxed paper. CONES: Cut out squares (20x20 cm), twist them into cones and secure with a stapler. Punch one hole in the corner that sticks up on the back of the cone and one hole in the centre on the front of the cone; then you can pull down the corner to form a cover and secure it with string. CELLOPHANE: If you make your own toffees, then we have real cellophane for them. They'll look especially lovely with different knots and lacing; use your imagination. P.S. Don't forget to write labels for the cones!
Decorate your Christmas gifts with white snowflakes; the contrast against natural paper is incredibly beautiful! You may have cut out tonnes of snowflakes when you were a kid, but if not or if you forgot how, then we'll explain what to do. Fold a square from corner to corner, and then from corner to corner again and again. Cut patterns into the folded edges. Then unfold the snowflake, apply a piece of double-sided tape to it and attach it to the gift. For the cherry on top, add red string.
You can also watch our video to see what to do.
Christmas crafts - crackers, braided hearts and stars. CRACKER: use a paper towel roll, or roll up one piece of A4 card and tape together. Take two folded pieces of tissue paper and place the roll in the centre of the short end. Make 1 cm folds from both directions until you reach the roll. Then cut 1 cm notches along the entire fold. Roll up the roll so the fringe sticks out, tape together and decorate with scraps and doilies. Tie a string around both short sides and hang up. BRAIDED HEART: make with shiny paper + a stencil that includes instructions. STAR: cut out two five-pointed gold stars with scissors. Emboss from valley to point, fold each point along the crease to the centre, and the star will begin to form (you just need to make it look nice). For the "tail", you need two sheets of tissue paper split into fourths. Lay them together and fold 1 cm pleats along the long side across almost the entire sheet, then cut fringe and roll up to form a tassel and tape together. Attach the tassel with double adhesive pads and attach the two gold stars and ribbon carefully so that they do not become misshapen.
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