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Easy Christmas Crafts: Round Paper Circles Ornament


One large circle and several small circles glued together become a pretty Round Paper Circles Ornament.

This one is silver and gold with a gold and white ribbon for the hanging loop.

Round Paper Circles Ornament finished in gold and silver

Here's a version in blue and fuschia with a white yarn loop as a hanger.

Round Paper Circles Ornament finished in blue and fuschia

Easy Christmas Crafts: Round Paper Circles Ornament Materials and Tools:

  • Three different colors of paper - (if the back is cardstock, the small circles can be regular weight paper)
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • Ruler
  • Small hole punch (or other tool to make hole for ribbon)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pattern - Round Paper Circles Ornament pattern
  • Optional - 1-inch hole punch (or use the 1-inch circle on the pattern)

Take a look at the simple materials and tools. 

Round Paper Circles Ornament materials and tools 

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Round Paper Circles Ornament:

Print the Round Paper Circles Ornament pattern.

Select the size background circle.

Both examples used the 3-inch circle.

Cut out the large circle from the background paper.

This is green cardstock.

Round Paper Circles Ornament step 1 cut large circle

Make a hole in the large circle for the ribbon loop. 

The hole should be 1/4 to 3/8 inch from the edge of the circle.

You could also cut a small slit slightly longer than the ribbon is wide. Make sure the cut is not too close to the edge.

Round Paper Circles Ornament step 2 punch hole for ribbon

Cut a length of ribbon or yarn 8 to 10 inches long. 

Round Paper Circles Ornament step 3 cut ribbon

Push the ribbon through the hole.

Pull the ends even, and tie a knot to form the loop.

Trim off any excess ribbon at an angle. 

Round Paper Circles Ornament step 4 make ribbon loop

Cut the small 1-inch diameter circles.

For the 3-inch background circle, there should be 11 small circles of one color and 13 small circles of the second color. 

For this example, there are 11 silver circles and 13 gold circles.

Round Paper Circles Ornament step 5 cut small circles

Place a small drop of glue between the ribbon and the background circle.

Start with eight of the 13 small circles

Position and glue them around the 3-inch circle.

Position four of the circles at the north, south, east and west points of the circle.

The next four fit in between the first four.

The eight small circles should extend beyond the edge of the background such that they just fit without any overlap among the small circles. 

Glue Note:

For the blue and fuschia example, I used a glue stick and added glue to most of the back of the small circles. This made a flatter, more tightly glued ornament.

For the gold and silver example, I used tacky glue and only a small amount in the center of each small circle. This allows a "reveal" around each of the small circles and looks more 3-dimensional.

Round Paper Circles Ornament step 6 glue outer layer

Next, add eight of the second color of circles.

Position and glue the small circles such that none of the background can be seen at the outer edge.

Space them equally around the circle overlapping as necessary. 

Round Paper Circles Ornament step 7 glue second layer

Take the remaining five circles of the first color and glue them over the middle of the circle.

Arrange them evenly and glue. 

Round Paper Circles Ornament step 8 glue third layer

Position and glue the final three circles over the middle of the ornament. 

Round Paper Circles Ornament step 9 glue forth layer

 The Round Paper Circles Ornament is finished and ready to display.

Round Paper Circles Ornament step 10 hang to display

Just look at how pretty a few circles can be. The variety is almost endless with the colorful papers available today.

Be creative and have fun!

The Round Paper Circles Ornament is a fast and fun project for any age and can also be a teaching aid for children learning about circles..


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