Over the years I have collected a big box of Christmas decor and decorations. It is my favourite time of year so we generally start decorating in November. This year I decided to focus on making as much decor as we could. There are a few reasons for this. The biggest reason is that I do not want to buy decor unnecessarily and we are trying to reduce the amount of plastic we are using. I also wanted things that didn’t cost too much and suited all ages of kids. Which is why we opted for these paper Christmas decorations.
Paper and cardboard are some of the things I always have in our craft box. It is pretty inexpensive and there is so much you can do with it AND as a bonus it is recyclable.
I decided to try out corrugated cardboard for a different sensory experience and for a different look. If you don’t have corrugated cardboard then use normal cardboard. I wouldn’t recommend paper, it is a little too thin for all of these crafts. I got our cardboard from The Crazy Store, they really have a great selection of cardboard. Their mixed pack is perfect because then you can do more than one craft as I have done.
The first craft we did was these really cool and super easy Christmas trees. They came out so much better than I thought to be honest. They are perfect on the windowsill in our stairway landing window.
Corrugated Cardboard Christmas Tree
- 2 A4 sheets green corrugated cardboard
- Kebab Sticks
- Shredded Coconut
- Cut out different triangles from your green cardboard.
- Fold the tree up, start at the bigger side and then fold it up to make a concertina.
- Poke your kebab stick through the middle of all the folds.
- Paint your box, fill it with sand and then stick your trees into the box and sprinkle with coconut as your fake snow.
No tree is complete without star decorations. These are so simple to make but are so stunning. If you did buy a pack of assorted coloured cardboard, you can use whatever colours you have.
DIY Cardboard Christmas Stars
- Pair of scissors
- 2 A4 Sheets Corrugated Cardboard any colour
- Star Template, two different sizes
- String or ribbon
- Cut out the stars, make sure you have the same amount of the different sizes.
- Stick a smaller star on top of a larger one.
- Glue a button in the middle.
- Cut a small piece of your string/ribbon, threat it through a punched hole in the star and tie.
This next decoration wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be but I loved how it came out. It was also the one the kids had the most fun with, I think because it was more challenging.
DIY Cardboard Christmas Baubles
- 3-4 A4 sheets corrugated cardboard
- Assorted, cardstock – printed or plain
- Cut out a large, elongated triangle – start with your paper in landscape.
- Cut out a 2cm wide piece of plain or coloured cardstock as long as your corrugated cardboard.
- Attach the cardstock to the corrugated cardboard using the sellotape.
- Attach a string loop with a piece of sellotape.
- Roll up the paper and glue the ends together.
These three paper Christmas decorations are the cheapest, easiest activities that you can do with kids of all ages. There is something so special about seeing decor you have made as a family all over your home. This corrugated cardboard is pretty strong so if you pack it away carefully it will last well.
Disclaimer: I was sent these craft supplies by the Crazy Store in exchange for a blog post. The craft ideas are my own.