Do It With The Family: 3D Paper Holiday Ornaments

Colorful paper, a good pair of scissors (or a cutting machine), and some glue are all you need for handmade decorations that pop.
Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

HHoliday photo ops are always synonymous with festive DIY in the HONOLULU family office. One of the fun, handmade ornaments that our art and style teams have created are these colorful 3D paper decorations from All you need are four items and a little patience. Feel free to play around with different colors, add your own glitter or glitter or even family notes for an even more special keepsake.

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  • Craft paper or thicker in different colors and finishes
  • Cutting machine (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Sticky glue
  • Flat brush
  • Embroidery thread or baker’s twine


  1. Create your shapes. You can join to download the models from the site, or create your own with the shape of a bottle or a tracing sheet. Whatever the shape, it must be symmetrical to work.
  2. Cut out your pieces. Each ornament is made up of eight pieces of paper. We used two of each of the four different colors for our ornaments.
  3. Fold each shape in half lengthwise.
  4. Glue two halves of two different pieces together, matching the edges exactly.
  5. Continue with the other six to complete the ornament. Glue the ends of a loop of embroidery floss between two pieces. Let dry completely.

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