Everything you need to know to make Christmas paper craft
Turn gorgeous giftwrap into ornaments, cards, wreaths, decorations and more!
CHRISTMAS TREE STAR Gather your supplies
• BHG Christmas papers in two designs • Green floristry wire • Craft glue
• Scissors • Double-sided tape • Stapler
• Sticky tape
STEP 1 Glue 2 sheets of paper together to create double-sided paper.
STEP 2 Diagonally fold a 13.5cm square sheet of paper twice, to create a triangle.
STEP 3 Draw 3 evenly spaced lines, parallel to long side, across triangle.
STEP 4 Starting at the open edge of the triangle, cut along each of the lines, stopping about 1cm short of the folded edge.
STEP 5 Open out the cut paper triangle. Using double-sided tape to secure them, bring up and overlap the tips of the centre square.
STEP 6 Turn the paper over, overlap and stick together the tips of the second square.
STEP 7 Turn the paper over, overlap and stick together the tips of the third square. Repeat to stick together the tips of the fourth square. You now have 1 curled star segment.
STEP 8 Repeat steps 2 to 7 and make a total of 6 star segments. Staple the tips of 3 segments together where they touch with double-sided tape. Repeat for the remaining 3 segments.
STEP 9 Staple 2 halves of the star together in the centre. Use double sided tape to hold star halves together where they touch.
STEP 10 Attach green florist wire to the back of the star through the centre with tape to secure.
COVERING A BOX Gather your supplies
• Gift box with lid
• BHG Christmas paper • Craft glue • Scissors
STEP 1 Measure 2 opposite sides of the box, adding an extra 5cm to the width and 7.5cm to the height. Using this measurement, cut 2 pieces of paper.
STEP 2 Measure the other 2 sides of the box, adding 7.5cm to the height of each side. Using this measurement, cut out 2 pieces of paper.
STEP 3 Measure the top of the lid and the depth of the lid sides, double the side measurement and
add to the lid measurement.
Cover the box
STEP 1 Apply glue to the paper pieces then, smoothing out the paper as you go, attach to the box, ensuring the paper overhangs equally on all sides. STEP 2 At the corners, cut vertical slits in the paper to allow you to fold the overhang over the edges and corners. Spread glue on the box, then press down all the overhanging edges of the paper, sticking down the sides first, then over the top of the box and, finally, the base. Attach paper to the box lid
STEP 1 Place paper facing wrong side up on a flat surface. Apply glue to lid, then carefully place it on the paper, taking care to ensure there is even overlap all of the way around the lid. STEP 2 Turn the lid over and smooth out the paper as needed. Cut the corner edges of the paper into a slit each side to make it easy to fold it over the corners. Make very crisp creases when folding the overlapping paper, then glue the overlap pieces over the sides of the lid, tucking them under to complete the cover. Lining the inside of the box
STEP 1 Measure the 5 surfaces inside of the box. Cut lining paper to size and glue in place.
CARDS & ENVELOPE Gather your supplies
• BHG Christmas paper
• Card stock in white, cream, red and glitter gold • White paper with words printed on home computer • Star sticker
• Sheet music
• Fiskars frozen squeeze punch
Tree card cutting instructions • White card 14.5 x 21cm
• 3 x triangle tree template in BHG Christmas paper • Cream card 9 x 13cm • Words on white paper (font of your choice) 6.5 x 1cm • Gold glitter paper strip 4 x 1cm
STEP 1 Fold white card in half.
STEP 2 Fold 3 triangles in half, right sides facing in. Glue one half of a paper triangle to one half of another triangle, repeat on other side.
STEP 3 Glue the cream card to front of the folded white card in the centre. Glue the word banner in place and the gold glitter strip in the centre at the bottom. Glue the tree in place. Add the star sticker on top.
Heart card cutting instructions
• White card 14.5 x 21cm • Cream card 9 x 13cm • Festive words on paper (font of your choice) 6.5 x 1cm • Sheet music strip 14.5 x 2.5cm • Gold glitter paper strip 8 x 1cm • 3 x heart shape
STEP 1 Fold white card in half. STEP 2 Glue the cream card to front of the folded white card in the centre. Glue the word banner in place and the sheet music strip in the left of centre at the top of the card front. Glue in place the gold glitter strip over the right hand edge of the sheet music strip. STEP 3 Fold 3 hearts in half right sides facing in. Glue one half of a paper heart to one half of another heart, repeat on other side. Glue the heart in place on the card.
Small snowflake card cutting instructions
• White card 7.5 x 15cm
• Red card 6.5cm square • Gold glitter circle 5cm diameter • 1 x BHG paper snowflake
STEP 1 Fold white card in half. STEP 2 Glue red card in the centre of the folded card front. Glue on glitter gold circle off centre to the right. Glue snowflake on top in centre of glitter circle.
Large tree card cutting instructions
• BHG Christmas paper: 2 x 38cm strip, 3.5 x 38cm strip, 4.5 x 38cm strip, 5.5 x 38cm strip, 6.5 x 38cm strip • White card 18 x 24cm
• 1 x flower motif from BHG Christmas paper as top of tree decoration
STEP 1 Concertina fold the strips of paper with 1.5cm folds.
STEP 2 Using the 2cm strip, 3cm down from the top and to the left of the centre fold, glue one short end of the long concertina strip (pattern facing up) to the white card stock. Glue the other short end of the long concertina strip (pattern facing up) to the right of the centre fold.
STEP 3 Leave a 1cm gap and repeat on the next row with the 3.5cm strip. Continue to glue strips in place following the above instructions and going from smaller to the largest strip (6.5 x 38cm) at the bottom.
STEP 4 Adorn the top of the tree with the cut out flower motif.
STEP 1 Enlarge envelope diagram and cut out. Use this as a template to cut the outside owfratphpiengebunwnvtrieneagltowh in BHG Christmas paper.
STEP 2 For the lining use the template to cut just the top flap and centre rectangle of the envelope. We used the sheet music paper.
STEP 3 Glue the lining to the envelope, right sides facing out. Leave to dry.
STEP 4 Fold the bottom edge up, put glue on the outer edges. Fold over the left and right flaps and press to stick with glue on bottom flap. Leave to dry before use.
LITTLE BIRDS Gather your supplies
• Red and green card stock • BHG Christmas paper • Scissors • Craft glue • Black marker • DMC Perle red thread and embroidery needle
STEP 1 To make a bird you will need to use the large circle template for the body, the small circle template for a wing, a beak and a tail template.
STEP 2 Cut out bird pieces using desired combinations of BHG paper or card stock for body, wings, beak and tail. Instead of using the tail template, you can also of the paper design and use as a tail.
STEP 3 Cut extra decorative motifs from the BHG Christmas paper to add pretty details to the wing area.
STEP 4 Using craft glue, glue all the pieces in place, fold in half. Mark the eye with a black marker.
STEP 5 To add the red thread hangers, thread the red thread on the needle. Push the needle through the middle of the folded paper from the inside, pull the thread up with 10cm of thread coming through. Take the needle back through the cardboard 1cm away from the previous hole made. Tie off the 2 threads inside the bird body.
GARLAND Gather your supplies
• BHG Christmas paper for leaves
• Dark and light green card stock
• Craft glue
• 4.5m red and white bakers twine
• Double-sided tape
STEP 1 Using the template (over the Envelope page), cut 96 leaf shapes using the various BHG Christmas papers. Cut 20 light green circles and 34 dark green circles from the card stock.
STEP 2 Glue 2 leaves together to create a double-sided patterned leaf. You will end up with 48 double-sided leaves.
STEP 3 Start by attaching the green circles to the twine with doublesided tape, sticking a same coloured circle on each side of the twine. Spacing does not have to be even.
STEP 4 Glue the leaves onto the circles Card and envelope and leave to dry before hanging.
JAM JAR COVERS Gather your supplies
• Shop-bought jam • BHG Christmas paper • BHG Christmas ribbon • Scissors
STEP 1 Measure the diameter of the jam jar lid, adding 3cm to all sides to cut a square. For example, if the jam jar lid has a 6.5cm diameter, cut a 12.5cm square. STEP 2 Place the paper on top of the lid (centred) and tie the ribbon around it to keep it in place.
COVERED BOOKS Gather your supplies
• BHG Christmas paper
• Books, such as blank journals and sketch books • Scissors
• Craft glue stick
STEP 1 Cut BHG Christmas paper 2cm larger than your book all the way around.
STEP 2 Spread glue over the paper and lay book on top. Working quickly while the glue is still tacky, turn the book over and smooth the paper of any lumps and bubbles. STEP 3 Turn the book back over and dab glue along the edge of the inside cover of the book. Fold the paper edge over, folding at the corners for a neat, mitred corner.
STAR WREATH Gather your supplies
• BHG Christmas paper
• Sheet music
• Cotton lace ribbon
• 30cm willow wreath
• Gold ribbon
• Faux foliage
• Sticky tape
• Fiskars hole punch
• PVA glue
STEP 1 Cut 14 stars (see template, left) in various BHG Christmas papers and sheet music. Fold following the fold lines and push in and up to create 3D effect.
STEP 2 Wrap cotton lace ribbon around the wreath and tape in place.
STEP 3 Cut eight 40cm lengths of gold ribbon.
STEP 4 Tuck in faux foliage around the wreath.
STEP 5 Punch a hole in 8 stars and tie onto the wreath with gold ribbon. Finish the ribbon off with a bow. Heart page 1
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TREE ORNAMENTS Gather your supplies
• Various BHG Christmas paper • Fabric stiffener (Birch Mod Podge Stiffy)
• PVA glue
• Fiskars circle hand punch • BHG Christmas red ribbon
STEP 1 Using Tree ornament templates (left), cut larger shapes from hessian, and smaller shapes from BHG Christmas paper.
STEP 2 Use fabric stiffener on hessian, following manufacturer’s instructions.
STEP 3 Apply glue to paper shapes, centre on hessian and press to adhere.
STEP 4 Make a hole at centre top through paper and hessian. Cut a 30cm piece of ribbon, feed both ends through hole from the back of ornament, knotting off 8cm tails to create hanger.
ADVENT CONES Gather your supplies
• BHG Christmas paper
• Green card stock
• Gold metallic numbers, 1 to 24
• Craft glue
• Little treats for the advent calender
STEP 1 Using 2 cone templates and various designs in the BHG paper, cut 12 tall cones and 12 small cones.
STEP 2 Cut 24 semicircles in the green card stock and stick on the gold number stickers, numbering 1 through to 24.
STEP 3 Using craft glue, stick the green half circle to the bottom middle of the cut cone shape.
STEP 4 Apply glue to one long straight edge on patterned side of paper. Pull paper around (with right side facing out) and join the two long edges so they overlap by 1cm. Press down lightly so the glue sticks.
STEP 5 Arrange the cones in place and hide treats under them.
WRAPPING BUNTING Gather your supplies
• Rectangle papier-mâché box • BHG Christmas paper • Scissors Circle
• Glue stick
• Fiskars circle hand punch • Natural twine
• Card stock in red and gold glitter
STEP 1 Cover the lid of the box with BHG Christmas paper.
STEP 2 Using the templates, cut 12 short, 10 medium and 10 large bunting flags in various Wreath paper star colours and designs.
STEP 3 Glue same-sized flags together to create double-sided flags.
STEP 4 Punch holes in top of flags and thread twine through, tying a knot at start and end to keep bunting in place. Tie bunting around the box. ➤
Covering a box
Christmas tree star
4 x cards
Jam jar covers