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Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Paper Plates

Submitted by Benetta Strydom of South Africa

Paper plate baubles

Make thrifty Christmas ornaments for this festive season. Turn two paper plates into a Christmas bauble. Decorate it with guipure lace flowers and ribbon, and add a strip cut from a magnetic sheet to the back of the bauble. Stick it onto the fridge, or get the kids to join in the fun and make a few of these baubles to string onto a garland.

You can also use smaller materials to make tree hanging ornaments.


two standard white economic paper plates
silver guipure floral lace trim
true red acrylic paint
leftover piece of white cardstock
14” of suitable red ribbon
self adhesive magnetic sheet
Pilot silver marker pen
10/32” paintbrush
round plastic lid with a diameter of 5.1”
standard scissors
utility knife
quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)

Instructions for making the project:

1. Place and centre the 5.1” plastic lid onto the first paper plate, trace all around it and cut out the circle. Do the same with the second paper plate.

2. Glue the two circles cut from the paper plates on top of each other. This will make the bauble sturdier.

paint with true red acrylic

3. Paint the bauble with the true red acrylic paint and allow to dry thoroughly. Repeat if necessary.
4. Cut five flowers from the guipure floral lace trim.
5. Glue the first flower in the centre of the bauble.

glue flowers on edges

6. Glue the other four flowers around the edge of the bauble in such a way that only half of each flower will be on the bauble. Cut off the protruding edges.
7. Draw the top of the bauble on the white cardstock and cut it out.
8. Use the utility knife to cut a hole into the top of the bauble.

color the top silver

9. Color the top of the bauble with the Pilot silver marker pen and allow to dry thoroughly.

glue top onto bauble

10. Glue the silver top onto the bauble.
11. Thread the ribbon through the hole and make a bow. Cut the ends of the ribbon neatly.
12. Add a few drops of glue to the knot of the bow, so that the bow won’t come loose.
13. Cut a strip from the magnetic sheet. Peel off the protective paper and glue the strip to the back of the bauble.

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