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How to Make a Paper Poinsettia Christmas Ornament

These beautiful red and black Poinsettia Christmas Ornaments are so much fun to make and simple too! All you need is a styrofoam ball, paint, pins & paper! No sewing or special skills are required.

image of red christmas ornaments in straw bowl

Hello friends! It’s Julia from Bayhill Studio. I am starting a series of monthly ornament tutorials, and the first tutorial features the classic red Poinsettia we all associate with the holiday season. If you enjoy crafting with paper, this project is for you!

red and black christmas ornament in straw basket
red and black christmas ornament in straw basket

These ornaments are so easy to make and beautiful that you will want to make extras to give as gifts to family, friends, and coworkers. My advice is to get all of your supplies ready, pop in a good movie, and get started!


image of red christmas ornaments in straw bowl

Paper Poinsettia Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Julia Fraizer
Create a beautiful Poinsettia inspired red and black handmade Christmas ornament from paper flowers.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Flower Paper Punch



  • Step 1:
    Begin by painting the styrofoam ball red. This step is important so that the white styrofoam doesn’t show through from behind the flower petals.
  • Step 2:
    Punch out the flowers. I used a little over 2 sheets of card stock to cut out enough flowers for one ornament. Set the flowers aside until Step 5.
    red punched flowers on white cutting mat
  • Step 3:
    Cut a 7” length of ribbon. Fold over the ends and insert a shirt pin through the overlapping portion. Dip the straight pin into the craft clue and insert the pin into the foam ball along the “equator line” marked on the ball. If your foam ball doesn’t have a line, that’s fine as it will not make a difference.
    black and white ribbon on red ball
  • Step 4:
    Cut another length of ribbon, approximately 11” long and wrap it around the center line on the ball so that the ends overlap over the loop in Step 3. Dip straight pins in glue and insert along several points to hold the ribbon in place (I inserted four pins at roughly four quadrants of the circumference).
    black and white ribbon on red ball
  • The final pin holds the ends in place as shown. Notice the overlapping ends are directly over the overlapping ends of the loop in Step 3. Each time you insert a pin, first dip the end of it in glue.
    black and white ribbon on red ball
  • Step 5:
    Gather up your flowers, it’s time to start adding them to the ornament! To create the Poinsettia look, take one flower and add a dab of glue to the center.
    White glue on red paper flower
  • Step 6:
    Place another flower on top of the first so that the petals are alternating as shown here.
    hand holding two red flowers
  • Step 7:
    Insert a Glass Head Pin through both layers of paper flowers to create the Poinsettia.
    black pin in center of red flowers
  • Step 8:
    Dip the end of the pin in the glue and insert it into the foam ball. Continue until the entire ball is covered.
    flower pinned to red ball
  • **Note: I like to “pinch” my loop, so I doing pin any flowers in-between the loop. Instead I pin a flower on all four sides. Watch my YouTube video where I demonstrate exactly how I do this.
    red and black christmas ornament in straw basket
Keyword Christmas, Crafts
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