3 Christmas paper crafts you’ll remember from your childhood

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This is a guest post by Cath Johnsen contributor at Brisbane Kids

As a child, I loved making Christmas decorations, and now I enjoy sharing this tradition with my own children. You too can revisit your childhood and create these simple Christmas paper crafts, such as lanterns, paper chains and paper snowflakes.

Christmas paper crafts

It’s a great holiday craft idea and children who are old enough to safely use scissors can make them independently. To get started, you only need paper, scissors and sticky tape (or a stapler). Best of all, these Christmas paper craft activities makes very little mess!

Christmas paper crafts

How to make Christmas paper lanterns

Christmas Paper Lanterns are really easy to make and don’t take too much time at all.  Make them in a variety of different colours and sizes for an appealing display. 

Christmas paper lanterns


  • Thick paper or thin card – any colour or pattern
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape or a stapler
  • Stickers to decorate (optional)
  • LED battery operated candles (optional)


  1. Cut your paper or card into rectangles –  the larger the rectangle, the larger the lantern.
  2. Fold the rectangle in half, along the long side.
  3. Cut into the crease of the rectangle, but not all the way to the top, leaving a margin of approximately two centimetres.
  4. Bring the two shorter sides of the rectangle to meet one another and secure with tape or staples.
  5. Cut a thin strip of paper or card and secure to the top of the lantern as a handle.
  6. Decorate with Christmas stickers, if desired.

Display at night with battery operated candles (real candles are not advised due to the fire hazzard) or hang as a decoration.

Christmas paper lanterns

How to make Christmas paper chains

Christmas paper chains can be used as a countdown, number the chains to countdown to Christmas Day, ie. Start with 24, then each day add a new chain till you reach one day to go!!  Here’s an example below found via Lauren Makes.

Christmas paper chains countdown

Or simply use your Christmas paper chains as decoration, using contrasting colours matching your Christmas theme.

Christmas paper chains


  • Thick paper or thin card – any colour or pattern
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape or a stapler


  1. Cut thin strips of equal length from the paper or card.
  2. Secure the ends together to make a ring with sticky tape or a stapler.
  3. Pass another strip of paper or card through the first ring and secure with tape or staples to begin the chain.
  4. Repeat this process until your chain is the desired length.

Hang as a decoration. These chains make a great way to display your paper lanterns. 

Christmas paper chains

How to make a Christmas paper snowflake

Making Christmas paper snowflakes is so much fun, with an endless possibility of designs. Stick on the windows, walls or dangle from the ceiling to make a beautiful display of falling snowflakes.

Christmas paper snowflake


  • Thick paper or thin card – any colour or pattern
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • String/ribbon
  • Glitter and glue (optional)


  1. Begin with a square piece of paper or card.
  2. Fold the paper in half to make a triangle.
  3. Fold the paper again to make a smaller triangle.
  4. Cut around the edges of the triangle, in any shape or pattern you choose.
  5. Open up your paper to reveal your unique snowflake design.
  6. Punch a hole through one corner of the snowflake, and thread ribbon through.
  7. Decorate with glitter to make your snowflake sparkle.

Hang and display your beautiful snowflakes! 

Christmas paper snowflakeThey can make a pretty centrepiece for your Christmas table. 

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Cath JohnsenAbout Cath Johnsen

Cath is a regular contributor to Brisbane Kids – www.brisbanekids.com.au. Exploring the city’s attractions with her three children and then sharing the experiences with the Brisbane Kids’ community is her dream job. (And finally the skills learned from her journalism degree are being put to good use!)

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