Recycled Paper Ornaments

Hold on to old magazines and colorful recycled papers to create these fun, child-friendly Christmas tree ornaments.
Paper Heart Made from Recycled Paper

Paper Heart Made from Recycled Paper

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Look out for wallpaper samples, pages from magazines and various old wrapping papers, and recycle the cardboard from items such as tea and cereal boxes to use as the backing material for each decoration. It's worth making your own tree decorations, as bought decorations are often chemically treated or made from non-biodegradable substances.

Materials Needed:

  • recycled paper in festive colors
  • recycled cardboard
  • eco-friendly adhesive glue
  • scissors

Step 1

Place the template on the piece of paper and draw around it. Cut out a piece of cardboard roughly the same size as the piece of paper.

Recycled Paper Valentine

Recycled Paper Valentine

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Glue the piece of recycled cardboard onto the back of the paper and leave to one side for a while for the glue to dry completely.

Back Recycled Paper With Cardboard

Back Recycled Paper With Cardboard

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Cut out the paper shape neatly with scissors. Trim the shape if necessary so that no pen or pencil marks are showing.

Purple Flower Heart

Purple Flower Heart

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Thread both ends of the string through a bead or button to create a loop. Glue the string loop to the back of the card and allow to dry.

Bead Used To Form Hanger On Paper Heart

Bead Used To Form Hanger On Paper Heart

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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