We love a good DIY, especially when the craft supply list is short and especially when we're trying to save money during the holidays. Enter: paper Christmas decorations—they're truly a Christmas miracle. We rounded up fifteen examples that are entirely made of paper and just as festive as other holiday decorations, but a lot more affordable. You can totally handle them yourself and they're surprisingly tasteful. Read on to learn how to make them.
Ditch a fussy tablecloth and use black butcher paper instead. this way you can channel your inner artist and paint on decorative details and place cards. Plus, it makes cleaning up after a holiday dinner much easier.
Not only is this super colorful strand of bulb string lights gorgeous wall (or tree!) decor, but it's also a clever advent calendar filled treats. Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.
Christmas paper decorations don't have to involve complicated instructions and a penchant for crafting. It can be as simple as upgrading your wrapping paper. Coordinate your gift wrapping to complement the color scheme in your living room. Use the same techniques for your ornaments for a cohesive whole.
These oragami trees from Bird's Party might be the cutest Christmas paper decor we've ever seen. Use bold, graphic patterns but stick to a monochromatic with metallic statements for a more modern spread.
Make some paper candles to hang on your tree. Much better than hanging actual candles... Because the real deal would be a fire hazard for sure. Learn how to make them from The House That Lars Built.
Buy paper lantern lights and then spruce them up with cranberry decor and more. These are so pretty, you'll want to leave them up all year. Get the tutorial at eHow.
For something especially festive, considering DIYing some oversized felt Christmas lights, like these from Sugar & Charm. Or use construction paper and cardboard if you have any of those materials lying around. If your door is painted a bright color, match some of the "lights" with it, but keep the others on-theme for Christmas.
String up red and white paper bells with fishing line along your mantle for a bright, festive, and airy hallway display. Red and white is the perfect color scheme for a candy cane theme (bonus points if you add a touch of green with an accent chair).
Yes, gingerbread houses are great and all (if it's edible, it's an instant favorite), but these mini paper houses from Lia Griffith are perfect for your tree.
Grab some construction paper in fun, vibrant colors and then cut out some shapes. Then glue them together and hang them from your garland to give it a fresh, personal touch.
Hang white paper lanterns or DIY snowflakes from the ceiling over your holiday dinner table. For a complete winter wonderland atmosphere, stuck to an all-white look with some fresh greenery sprinkled in.
Who even needs lights and ornaments with a tree this colorful? Perfect for apartment dwellers or as office decor during the holidays. Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.
Finally—a wreath you won't have to throw out at the end of the season. And it's a great craft for holiday parties or to keep the kids busy. Get the tutorial at Lia Griffith.
You really can use anything to make pretty Christmas decorations if you put your mind to it. This garland is made out of coffee filters. If you don't have any of those lying around, use tissue paper.
These strings lights would brighten up an entire room even if they are just made of paper. Playful, colorful, and no fire hazard whatsoever. Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.