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Easy Christmas Crafts: Folded Paper Spiral Bow Ornament


The Folded Paper Spiral Bow Ornament uses those bits of wrapping paper and decorative paper to make a fast, fun and easy decoration to add to a gift or to hang on display.

This one is my favorite of the ones I show here. The wrapping paper featured teddy bears in a sleigh, but I used the background from between the teddy bears. Though, you can see a bit of teddy bear on one of the angles.

Folded paper spiral bow teddy bear paper on display

Use different papers to make a variety of these fun little ornaments.

Plus, because the bow is relatively flat, it makes a great addition to packages that need to be transported or shipped.

Easy Christmas Crafts: Folded Paper Spiral Bow Ornament Materials and Tools:

  • Paper - scraps of wrapping paper or decorative paper (not cardstock) 
  • Paper for backing and center front 
  • Yarn - 10 inches long 
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pattern - Folded Paper Spiral Bow

A rotary cutter, ruler and self-healing mat are not required but are certainly helpful in cutting the small rectangles.

Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here.  

Folded Paper Spiral Bow materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Folded Paper Spiral Bow Ornament:

Print the Folded Paper Spiral Bow pattern.

Cut 1/4 inch outside of the large circle.

Glue the large circle to the back of the wrapping or decorative paper.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 1 glue circle to back of paper

Let the glue set.

Cut around the circle.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 2 cut around the circle

Cut out the remaining pieces.

Cut 12 of the rectangular pieces and one of the small circle.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 3 cut remaining pieces

Begin folding the rectangles into triangles.

Fold one corner to the middle of the opposite long side.

Fold the other corner to meet the first in the middle of the long side to form a triangle.

Fold the triangle along the line where the edges meet to form a smaller triangle.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 4 fold rectangles

Fold all of the rectangles into triangles.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 5 finish folding rectangles

Glue the first triangle to the large circle.

Place the point at the center of the circle.

Position the folded hypotenuse along a line.

Use only a small amount of glue in the spot shown by the yellow arrow and oval.

The last triangle must slide under this first one, so the glue cannot cover the whole area under the first piece.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 6 glue first angle

Place the second triangle adjacent to the first with the point in the center and the folded edge following the next line.

Glue in place. For this and the next triangles, the glue can cover the whole pie shape on the circle. 

After the first piece, I applied glue to several of the wedge shapes and quickly added the triangles.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 7 glue next angle

Continue adding and gluing the triangles around the circle.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 8 continue gluing

Gently lift the edge of the first triangle.

Apply glue and insert the last triangle with its point in the center and its folded edge along the one remaining line.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 9 glue last angle

The glued triangles form a spiral shape.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 10 spiral shape

Fold the triangles with their points to the center.

They will want to pop back up.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 11 fold spirals

Glue the small circle over the center of the points.

You may need to place a weight on the circle until the glue dries.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 12 glue small circle

Fold the yarn in half.

Apply glue to 1/2 inch of the two ends.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 13 fold yarn in half

Insert the ends with the glue into one of the triangle points.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 14 glue yarn

The pretty little folded paper spiral bow ornament is finished and ready to display.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow step 15 hang to display

Here's a version made with a silver wrapping paper - shiny!

Fold Paper Spiral Bow silver version finished

Small scraps of a green, gold, pink and purple wrapping paper turn into a fun spiral on this next version.

Fold Paper Spiral Bow green version finished

Some scraps of paper, glue and yarn turn into inexpensive, fun and easy decorations that can be used any time of the year.

Make them as ornaments or add them to packages. You can omit the yarn for the packages or include it with an explanation that it's an additional little gift.

Have fun!

The inexpensive and Folded Paper Spiral Bow Ornament can be an enjoyable project for all ages.


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