teardrop holiday ornament

Our hotel room needs to look holiday-ish (at least for the kids' sake) and I thought a series of ornaments would do the trick. They'll pull double duty because we'll be able to add them to our tree once we get home.

What I came up with is extremely easy to make and it only requires very basic materials—a good thing since that's all I have right now.

- Two colors of letter sized paper
- Scissors, craft knife and ruler, or paper trimmer
- Glue (Tacky glue was perfect because it dries so fast)

There are two different ways to make this ornament.

Option 1 (ornament in the background)
  1. This is the simplest one. It only requires 4 strips of paper, of alternating colors. Cut each strip so that it is 11" (28cm) long (hint: cut along the long side of the letter-size paper) and 1/4" (6mm) wide.
  2. Fold over and crease 1/2" (13mm) of one end of one strip.
  3. Glue the new tab to the opposite end of the strip of paper. The teardrop will automatically form itself as you glue both ends together.
  4. Let it dry and repeat steps 1-3 three more times in alternating colors.
  5. Stack the teardrops together by tucking the creased ends one over the other. Tie them together with a strand of embroidery thread that is long enough to hang the ornament from. Done!

Option 2 (ornament in the foreground of the top photo)
  1. This style of teardrop requires 5 strips of paper in alternating colors. They will all be 1/4" (6mm) wide but will vary in length.
  2. The strips should be 11", 10", 9", 8" and 7" long.
  3. Follow steps 3 and 5 from above.
The simplicity of this project and the fact that the kids have been loving my paper trimmer recently, may help turn this into a group project. We'll shall see.

Only I would have a small crafty stash and a paper trimmer in a hotel room, right?

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Thank you so, so much to those of you that joined me at SewCrafty on Saturday! I had a wonderful time and I hope you did too. Everyone's projects turned out really great and I loved talking to each one of you. We must do it again!


  1. These are sweet, I'm off to make some, thanks!

  2. Sweet ornaments! It's snowing today and I'm stuck at home and I'm planning to spend some of the day making tree ornaments. This is a perfect project! Thank you. :)

  3. Pretty! Dare I say I see a teeny bit of quilling influence there? :D Sure hope the hotel stay will soon be over and you'll be back home decorating your tree.

  4. LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh, what a lovely idea, thanks for sharing. I too, need to start getting into action for the kids sake given that christmas time has crept up on me!

    Will try these.


  6. What a sweet idea! We will be making some for sure!!

  7. I will be recycling mailers and make these. Might add some glitter.

  8. pretty. you always come up with the best ideas!

  9. pretty!! i think i will make a bunch and hang them in my window since our tree is already jam-packed with origami ornaments!

  10. just made a buch of these for my first Christmas tree and they look lovely - thanks for the inspiration!

  11. these are so simple and gorgeous! stunning!

  12. These are SUPER cute. And super easy. Intereeesting! :D

  13. I love red and white decorations for Christmas! I'm going to bookmark this one! Thanks!
    ~ joey ~