Make these easy Christmas DIY geometric paper ornaments following the tutorial. I had dreaded making them thinking they are so difficult but I was wrong!
Welcome to yet another Christmas craft. Can you smell christmas? I literally can and that smell takes me back to the time when I was very young. The Christmas of that time is probably the most memorable one I had! We dont have a white christmas here in India in fact its summery christmas but that doesnt stop me from decorating any less. I tried these DIY geometric paper ornaments this weekend and I loved how they turned out to be. I have a feeling that with the amount of DIY ornaments I am making, I might need a seperate storage area for Christmas decor items! Anyways this craft is a little intimadating if you hated maths but hey its fun to bring out your geometry box and relive your school days! Lets head straight to tutorial then
Materials required to make DIY geometric paper ornaments :
- Cardstock in shades of your choice. You could also choose pretty pattern papers.
- Protractor, pencil. scale, eraser etc
- tacky tape
How to make DIY geometric paper ornaments:
There are a lot of DIY geometric paper ornament tutorials with printable templates available on google/pinterest but I do not have a printer which means I have been scared all this while seeing the templates! I sat down and did some maths to draw your own templates so here you go.
First of all, check the paper size and decide the measurements. You need just one single measurement to go for this project which is the lenght of each of the edges (which are equal by the way). If your paper width is say X cm, and length is Y cm, you need to assume an “w” which will be the measure of edge of your DIY geometric ornament such that 2w is within X and also 4w is within Y.
Here is an easy way to arrive at this measurement –
- take the width and deduct say 2 cm and divide by 2 –
- multiply this with 4 and see if its exceeding length L if yes, go back to first step and give 4 cm margin and continue till you arrive at a measurement where its within L
What fun is crafting if you just download print and stick together some piece of paper right? I like this mathematical adventure 😛
All the triangles in the pattern are isosceles triangles and they are at an angle 60deg at the corners. I know im being rude math teacher so here is printable version of the template. I hope this makes the task easier. Nevertheless, I am still sharing the photo tutorial for the ones who decide to take the adventure route to finish the template 😛
- Start by drawing line-1 in length twice the edge length of the ornament. Mark the middle point.
- Towards top side of the line-1, draw lines from point 1 and 2 at angle 60deg wrt line-1.
- Towards bottom side of the line-1, draw lines from point 1,2&3 at angles 60deg wrt line-1.
- Extend the lines drawn through step-3 to intersect at points 5,6&7. Join 6&7 with a line
- At point 5, draw line at angle 60deg to intersect previouslt drawn lines at point 9&8.
- At point 9, draw a line at 60deg wrt line-5 to intersect previously drawn line at point 10.
- You are done with the triangles. Draw freehand flaps as in the template above.
I would suggest you to trace the template on a normal paper and then carbon copy it to the actual paper you are cutting out so that you needn’t do the measurement everytime. Once copied to fair paper, either use a scoreboard to score at all the triangle edges for of folding or you can also make a slight impression while tracing.
Fold all the traced out triangel edges and flaps for ease of joining and add double sided tacky tape at the flaps. I made repeated mistakes of adding the tape on the wrong side so make sure you do it right as in add them on the fair side of the flap!
I had tried using normal glue for sticking them together but I found that the tacky tape was more effective because of fast sticking time. Glue also made the ornament a little dirty with all smudge marks by the time I was on 3rd ornament. But the choice is upto you – dont fear about crafting due to lack of exact supplies! There always alternatives available.
So now did you like these ornaments? You can experiment with plain papers, pattern papers, glitter paper etc. Hope you liked this DIY geometric paper ornament 🙂 You can read on more of christmas crafts and decor on my blog here!