I have an open frame in our entryway that I switch up for different holidays and seasons. Somehow in the craziness of moving right before Thanksgiving, I didn’t create a Christmas display last year. As some of you saw on Facebook, it took me longer than usual to come up with the current display. But I couldn’t be happier with the results. My DIY paper Christmas lights decoration may be my favorite open frame display yet.
The best part is that these homemade paper holiday lights are so versatile. If you don’t want to make a hanging display or garland, you can use them for greeting cards, gift tags, and much more. I share a couple of my other uses for them at the end of this post, but the possibilities are endless.
The concept of the open frame display is pretty straightforward. You can remove a canvas photo or painting or take out the glass from any frame. I chose to paint my frame white. Determine where you’d like the string or twine to hang in the frame. Attach two nails on either side of the back of the frame to match your string placement. I used a natural jute twine from Michaels. String up the twine. If necessary, add a dot of glue to either end of the strands to secure them. I also purchased my tiny clothespins from Michaels.
DIY paper Christmas lights decoration supplies:
- Christmas lights template (original source: Printable Treats). I printed 2 sheets for my hanging display and the other Christmas lights examples I feature in this post.
- Six 8.5″ x 11″ sheets cardstock, one each of the following colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black
- Scrapbook glue (I use Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue)
Print the Christmas lights template. The size of your hanging display or garland will dictate the number of lights required. If necessary, print 2-3 templates.
Gather your cardstock.
Cut out one light template to use as your cardstock tracing pieces, cutting apart the light and base.
Trace the lights on the colored cardstock and the bases on the black cardstock.
Cut out all of the paper bases and the cardboard pieces.
Glue the bases to the paper templates.
The Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue dries very quickly. As soon as you’ve finished gluing the bases, you can begin gluing the lights.
Hang up your new paper Christmas lights in your hanging display with tiny clothespins. (Paper Christmas lights are also perfect for a garland. You can glue or sew them to string or twine.)
Here it is hanging in our entryway amidst some of our other Christmas decorations. I love Christmas decorations so much.
Blog reader Kerry mentioned the idea of clipping fairy lights behind the paper lights. I’d had fairy lights saved on my Amazon wish list for weeks and knew this was my cue to pull the trigger. I love the result! Please pick up some fairy lights if you use your paper Christmas lights for a hanging display or garland.
I also used some of my paper Christmas lights to make gift tags and greeting cards. For the past few years, I’ve been wrapping my Christmas presents in kraft paper so I created the gift tags with colored cardstock. I love the idea of kraft gift tags, too.
Finally, I made some greeting cards in A2 and A7 sizes. For both the gift tags and the greeting cards, I added the Christmas light string detail with a black Sharpie marker.
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16 thoughts on “DIY Paper Christmas Lights Decoration”
Loving the open frame display! The little lanterns look so cute. The tags are pretty too 🙂
Thanks so much, Duni!
These are so cute! I love the open frame and it’s versatility. I’ve already added the post to my Pinterest and Twitter queues =)
Thanks so much!
That’s a lot of cutting but totally worth it. Very cute! I especially like the cards because people don’t send Christmas cards like they used to. We only get one from my brother. I remember the days when we would have a wall full. Kind of sad… but I don’t send out cards either. Guess change should start with me, right?
It is a lot of cutting. Personally, I find it relaxing while I’m watching TV. I know not everyone does, but if you do, it’s definitely worth it for the end result. I don’t get as many cards as I used to either. Most of them are a simple kid picture with a border printed from Walmart or Shutterfly. I don’t make my cards from scratch, but I do include a letter. Cards are a lot of work, but I love them so much so I keep sending them.
Love it, you could even clip fairy lights behind them so the lights shine through xx
YES, love it!
Oooo love the addition of the lights, thank you for the mention xx
Thanks! Of course! I’m so happy with the results.
This is the coolest idea! I love the Christmas cards! I wish I was crafty- but this looks easy enough for even myself.
Thanks! The Christmas cards are so simple. You should definitely give them a try!
What nifty and simple ideas to get festive!
Thanks so much!
Such a cool idea. The final product looks amazing. Good work.
I loved seeing the final products
Such a good idea and very versatile.