Paper fan decorations for Christmas trees have been around for centuries and were especially popular during Victorian times. They used to make paper fan medallions for their trees as well. Right now I’m not really into the Victorian look. That doesn’t mean that I dislike it but I’d rather put my own twist on the paper fan look which I revealed in my Christmas home tour yesterday and today I want to show you how I made them and what paper I used. The colors are so pretty.
paper fan decorations for your Christmas tree inspired by faux sun palm leaves
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Paper Christmas decorations are affordable and super easy to make which is always something I strive for because I like to change things up every year without breaking the bank.
- paper, card stock or wrapping paper – I used this pretty pack of card stock in pastels and neutral colors
- clear tape
Make sure you watch my video tutorial to see exactly what my hands are doing. Use the triangle on the image to turn on the video. If you are on a phone or tablet, hold the device sideways for better viewing. If the video doesn’t load for you then you can also watch it on my YoutTube channel.
How to make a paper fan that looks like a dried palm leaf
Finished paper fan decorations
I only made one size but you could definitely make these in different sizes. Possibly larger fans at the bottom of the tree and smaller fans towards the top.
I really love how the finished paper fan decorations look hanging in our flocked Christmas tree. They aren’t exact palm leaf replicas but hint at it just enough.
RELATED: I used the same colored cardstock paper to make origami diamond ornamnets which is another great idea and completely different look.
I really love the colors that came in the paper package too because they really go with my color scheme but didn’t use all of them. I left the darker browns and greens alone and only used the lighter colors.
Below you can see the colors used for the DIY paper fans much better when the lights aren’t lit on the tree. For the tree top, I used two fans glued together.
Like I showed you yesterday the fans look really nice on gifts too. You can also check out my DIY macrame ornaments to add to your tree and gifts.
Check out my other Christmas ornaments blog posts like my gingerbread Christmas ornaments, poster board snowflakes with free snowflake svg file for your Cricut, easy honeycomb ornament, foldable 3D stars, and favorite wooden German Christmas ornaments.