# Decorating with paper toys for the new 2018 year of the Dog. Make your holiday really bright!

By far the best gift is a handmade one. But this not only applies to gifts, but also decorations on the Christmas tree, on the wall, wardrobe, etc..

## Snowflakes

The first and most probably the simplest is snowflakes, a symbol of frost. They are different. I’ll start with the simplest option.

Various snowflakes to create a festive atmosphere

So, I’ll prepare:

- Scissors.
- Paper (A4 size).
- Simple pencil.
- Eight-pointed snowflake

The blank is folded from a square sheet of paper, so I cut off the excess part.

Since the square is folded in half, we should get a triangle. We fold the resulting triangle in half perpendicular to the base. Then I fold it in half again.

Make blanks and cut out snowflakes

After that, I fold it again, and cut off the excess part. I outline the outline of the snowflake. I spread the cut out – I should get a snowflake. Now let’s start making a six-rayed snowflake..

For this snowflake, I will need a square piece of paper. I fold a square sheet of paper in half. Then I bend the resulting blank, but do not fold, but only squeeze at the first fold, thus forming a notch in the center of the folded sheet..

The pattern depends on your imagination

Next, I take one of the corners of the workpiece, where the first fold is located and fold the sheet to the center of the notch so that the edge of the folded part of the sheet divides the remaining area of the workpiece in half.

Decorate your home with delicate beauties

I bend the second corner in the same way, only making sure that the second corner overlaps the first. Then I fold it along the vertical axis in half, drawn from the serif. After that I take a pencil and draw the outline of the snowflake. Then I cut along the contour.

## Herringbone

What is the New Year without a green beauty? For our first venture, we need to make a paper cone. Roses made from napkins will serve as “sprigs” for our Christmas tree.

Green paper craft cone

I fold each napkin in half and then in half again. After that, I staple it all in the middle with a stapler. After I have fastened, I cut out a circle from the napkin. I should have it multi-layered.

Cut out a circle from multi-layered napkins

I take the topmost layer and twist it. This is what I do with all the layers. When I have done everything, I spread the rose a little. Now you need to glue the cone with roses so that there are no gaps and bald spots.

Glue all the roses tightly to the cone

## Christmas decorations made of paper

Moving on to paper Christmas tree decorations. What a Christmas tree I am without balls, icicles, cones and other decorations?

Christmas tree balls and bells

So let’s make Christmas tree decorations for our forest beauty? For this I need:

- Thick paper.
- Old magazines, cardboard boxes and candy boxes.
- Scissors.
- Glue.
- Compass.

We prepare the necessary materials for the toy

To begin with, I take cardboard and circle twenty-one identical circles and cut out the resulting circles with scissors..

Cut mugs out of beautiful cardboard cards

Each circle needs to be folded for me as follows: I fold the circle in half twice, on one side and on the other. After that, I unbend and outline the center of the circle. Then I bend again, but this time on one side, so that the edge of my circle is exactly on the marked center. I bend it again on two sides. I should get a triangle.

Bend three edges to the center

In one of twenty circles, I need to cut out this triangle, which will serve as a kind of stencil. Next, all we need to do is put a triangle on the rest of the circles, tracing it and bending the edges of the circles outward along the contour.

Use a pattern for identical symmetrical circles

Now I need to take the first ten circles and glue them in a strip, alternating: five down, five up. Now I need to glue the strip into a ring, which will serve as the basis for our toy.

We connect the resulting circles

Now I will deal with the top and bottom covers. I need to glue them to the base in exactly the same way. And now it’s time for the loop, from which the toy will be hung.

We get a wonderful ball on the Christmas tree

## Flashlight toy

I’ll start by taking two sheets of paper of different colors. For example, white and red. Next, I cut out two rectangles. White will be 100 by 180. Red will be 120 by 180.

We take paper of any color and size according to the instructions

I’ll start with red. Fold it in half and make cuts so that there is room around the edges. We do white in the same way as red.

Delightful Chinese Paper Lanterns

## Star

To do this, I need to prepare 10 by 10 squares. First, I need to fold it twice, and then fold it diagonally. After that, I need to make cuts and fold into the corners. Next, glue the corner in the center..

We cut and glue the corners to the center

We repeat the procedure with the second sheet of paper. Then we glue the two halves.

We glue two identical stars

## Charming ball

For this venture, I needed eight circles. Then I cut out two more circles, which should be half the size of the previous ones..

Make a ball with your own hands according to the instructions

I folded each circle in half and then in half again. Now you need to glue four large circles into one small one. Next, you need to correctly position the quarters. We straighten the pockets that have turned out. Now you just need to make the other half of the ball as well. I just have to glue the two halves and the ball is ready!

Beautiful and simple ball on the Christmas tree

## Candles

I was almost about to finish the article as to my attention on one site I saw information on how to make candles. After reading it, I realized how simple it is and decided to share with you.

You need to prepare two strips of paper approximately 20 millimeters wide and 30 centimeters long. I also need red and yellow paper to make the “flame”.

I glue the ends of the strips at right angles.

Glue the strips together

I fold the candle body out of strips so that they overlap.

Making a candle flame

I cut out the flame of the candle and glue it to the body of the candle.

Paper candle for New Year’s mood

Our candle is ready.

## Openwork snowflake

I will need:

- Old unwanted book or sheets of paper that have turned yellow.
- Scissors.
- Glue gun loaded with hot glue sticks.
- Ruler.
- Pen.
- Glue.
- Dry glitter.

So let’s get started.

Mark up on paper. The stripes must be of the same width. I need to make a lot of such stripes, since one small part will consist of five stripes that are stacked together.

We cut strips of different lengths

Next, I have to cut out the stripes and divide them into piles. There should be seven of them in total. The three pairs must differ in length. The difference is from 0.5 to 1 centimeter. The longest is the middle of the snowflake.

Now you need to bend all the piles in half and collect snowflakes into a crystal. I tied the end of the workpiece with a fishing line. I have eight more to do. This is not an easy job, I tell you.

One pack of strips needs to be bent and secured with fishing line, but already along the outer edge. It should be a circle.

Fasten with fishing line bundles of 5 pieces

I fasten all the crystals with hot glue to the prepared circle. I almost forgot. And four more blanks must be inserted in the intervals between the first.

We glue individual branches with glue

I fasten the side parts of the crystals.

We make the middle for fastening all parts

Sprinkle with sequins and the openwork snowflake is ready.

The original snowflake for the Christmas tree is ready

Do you think that’s all? But no! Finally, I left the most interesting thing – a voluminous snowflake. Don’t worry, it’s very simple..

### Option 1 volumetric snowflake

I draw a sheet of colored paper into rectangles measuring 5 by 6 centimeters. Next, we do it with white paper, but already rectangles measuring 3 by 4 centimeters.

Cut and glue in the form of icicles

Next we need some cardboard. Cut out circles in the size of 5 by 5. I also cut circles out of white paper, but already smaller, 2 by 2. I make icicles from their 5 by 6 rectangles. I glue these icicles to a big circle.

We glue in a circle alternating color

After that, I take rectangles 3 by 4 and also twist the icicles and glue them onto a blank with large icicles. I glue a small circle with sequins and glue in the middle of the resulting workpiece.

We get beautiful volumetric snowflakes

### Option 2 volumetric snowflakes

For this venture, I need:

- Glue.
- Scissors, stapler.
- Stationery.
- Paper.
- I warn you right away that this snowflake is much more difficult to make than the previous one..

First, I’ll prepare a stencil. For the stencil, we need cardboard. We draw six lines on it at right angles. The lines should be 1 cm apart.

Making a stencil for the future snowflake

Now we have to bend six album sheets diagonally and make cuts along the stencil. I should have 6 triangles with cuts running parallel to each other..

We start gluing from the middle

After that I take one of the triangles and unfold it. That is, I should get a square in which even smaller squares are located. You need to start from the center. I turn the corners of the central square to the center. I glue it on. I turn it over to the other side and do the same as with the central square. I should end up with an icicle..

We get a voluminous icicle

There is little left to do. Tie all my icicles together and our snowflake is ready.

Use for snowflakes and colored double-sided paper

### Option 3 volumetric snowflakes

For this option I need:

- A4 paper.
- Threads.
- Needle.
- Red shred.
- Stationery.

Marking the circle into eight parts

On a sheet of paper I draw four circles, which must be of the same diameter. Cut out the circles and outline eight equal parts. I make cuts along the outlined lines towards the center. After that, I bend the tip of each such “petal” and glue.

We glue each tip

I do all the same manipulations with the rest of the circles and sew. The red patch is needed in order to make the product complete. Cut out a circle from a patch and glue it.

Volumetric ball hedgehog

Having rummaged around, again on the Internet, I came across another version of a voluminous snowflake. This snowflake is made from strips of paper. So, I’m going to cut the paper into strips. The strips should be five millimeters long and 21 centimeters long.

Cut the same strips

The snowflake consists of two halves. That is, 10 strips are needed for one half. I glue the first two strips, so that I get a cross. Then I glue on two more strips.

Making two identical halves

Next, I pass two strips through the beam and glue them. There should be two free strips left. After that, I also make a soul mate. I fasten the halves with loose strips and intertwine them with each other.

Connect and get a snowflake

## The next idea is a volumetric ball

I will need:

- Cardboard.
- Colored paper.
- You need to make twelve identical parts. They are flowers with five petals..

Flower with five petals

I pierced the first part in the center and let the thread through the hole, on which the loop was prepared. Then I secured it with glue. I am connecting three parts. Then three more.

Making flower blanks for the ball

It is important that they are connected by a petal. Should make a cup.

We connect the two halves of the future craft

I make the second half of the ball. I connect the halves and the ball is ready!

The product is ready like a Christmas ball

## Deer

I was about to finish the article when it suddenly dawned on me that another symbol of the new year is the deer on which Santa Claus travels. So let’s make a deer head.

Deer as a symbol of any New Year

To begin with, I will explain what papercraft is. Papercraft (paper modeling) —the creation or production of images. It can be animals, household items, etc. And so how to assemble such a model? Pay close attention to the line type:

- Dotted line – outward fold line.
- Dot-dash (dash-dotted) – means to bend inward.
- Solid – cut off.

The original idea of paper modeling

Find a deer head diagram on the Internet and print it on a regular sheet (it is easy to find a deer head diagram. Enter “Deer head papercraft diagram”.)

Deer head outline

Now I need:

- 14 sheets of thick paper.
- Ruler.
- Scissors.
- Knitting needle or tweezers, or manicure scissors.
- Double-sided tape (what to attach a deer’s head to?).

The head will take 10 sheets, and the horns will take 4 sheets. Now I have to cut out all the details. Next, I fold it as shown in the diagram using dashed, solid, dash-dotted lines. It remains only to glue.

Originality for your home

Next, I attach the double-sided cattle and you’re done. Now we can attach it to the wall. You can decorate this head with garlands..

## snowman

Another symbol of the New Year and winter is a snowman. I will need:

- A4 white paper – 1 whole, 1 cut in half.
- A3 white paper – 3 pieces.
- Orange paper (square) – 8 by 8 centimeters.
- Red paper, 4 x 15 centimeters.
- PVA glue.
- Markers.
- Cloth napkin.

First you need to crumple sheet a3 and crumple it. After that, I straighten the lump of paper to its original shape. Then I wrinkle the paper again and straighten it again. This procedure is carried out until the paper becomes soft. We do the same procedure with the rest of the sheets..

Crumple the paper until soft

After that, I form a ball, tucking the corners inward. I turn to the handles. I do everything the same way. Crumple the orange paper and make a cone. Now I glue all the details together. Draw eyes with a marker.

Make a snowman like this with kids

## conclusions

This article gave examples of how to decorate your room and tree with paper. The topic of both paper weaving and papercraft was touched upon. That’s all for me. I wish you creative success.