Whether it’s the night before Christmas or the day before Valentine’s, you’re stuck. You need a handmade gift idea, but you’re short on time. If you’re like me, you likely have a box of bits and pieces from past parties lying around. If you have ribbon and wrapping, you or your children can create these lovely recycled gifts! If you’re seeking some simple crafts that cost almost nothing, these versatile paper creations are perfect for the Christmas holidays and beyond.
Recycled Paper Ornaments That Young Children Can Create
These crafts are ideal for preschoolers who are just starting out with scissors, tape, and enjoy playing with paper.
All Torn Up Tree Ornament from Toddler Approved
If your toddlers love to tear paper, this is the craft for them. You’ll need some bright-coloured magazine pages or wrapping paper scraps and a cereal box.
Flower Power Ornament from By Stephanie Lynn
If you have a child who’s enjoying scissors, this is the chance you’ve been waiting for: channel that energy into some flower power. Create spring or Christmas ornaments from old books or magazines.
Tag! from A Bird In The Hand
These cute tree tags work well as tree ornaments or as bookmarks. Use them for Earth Day or for Christmas. You’ll need a cereal box, paper scraps, glue, and bits and pieces such as buttons and glitter.
Recycled Paper Star from Reloved Rubbish
This ornament is so simple, yet so lovely. Use pages from an old book or sheet music, add a backing and glitter, and you’re a star!
Rolling Along from Whiff of Joy
Instead of wrapping paper roll battles, use old paper towel, wrapping paper, or toilet paper rolls, add some staples and paint, and you have a snowflake or a flower to adorn your home.
Paper Ornament Crafts Suitable For Older Children
These paper crafts involve a little more manual dexterity, so they’re best for children who are already at ease with scissors and want to experiment with more fine motor skills.
Tiny Flock from The Vintage Wren
If you have a budding sewing whiz and a lot of old paper, your children can create a little flock of these birds. Use them to celebrate spring or adorn a vintage Christmas tree.
Snappy Paper Tree from Crate Paper
Feeling tree-riffic? If you’re looking for a craft to while away a winter evening, create a Christmas tree with wrapping paper scraps. All you’ll need is a cone made of paper and many tiny scraps of paper.
Little Boxes from Crafty Journal
Think inside the box. These crafty boxes are the perfect hiding place for a birthday or Christmas gift, and children love to make them. Give a fleet of little boxes to a friend, use them for jewelry, or hide another homemade ornament inside.
On the Ball from How To Recycle
This fancy paper ball looks complicated once you’ve created it, but it’s deceptively simple to make. Make Christmas balls for the tree by using old cards or other thick paper.
All Wound Up from Off Beat and Inspired
Wrap and roll this Christmas season with twisted paper ornaments. This is a great way to deal with some of that seasonal stress when you get all wound up. You’ll need old magazine pages, a foam ball, and a glue gun.
This year, go recycled for birthday and Christmas decorations and baubles. These pretty Christmas ornaments are simple to create, cost pennies to make, and are simple for children and for adults who are short on time but love to create.