Christmas Papercraft 2012 Edition

This year the Cannon Creative Park offers so many terrific Christmas themed papercrafts that you could decorate just about anything using just their site. For instance there are five Christmas trees alone, more than a dozen stand alone ornaments, a beautiful star themed mobile, wreathes, banners and other types of decorations. It's exhausting just imagining making them all.

This particular tree is practically all ornaments and gifts, the perfect thing to appeal to a young child, a jackdaw or anyone like me who likes things that sparkle. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/03498/index.html

This tree is weirdly two dimensional for a three dimensional object. It features flat branches with flat decorations. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/mini-tree-pop/index.html

This tree is dubbed the basic tree, but it seems fairly fancy to me. It has a garland, a giant bow, ornaments and a grand golden star at the top. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/03497/index.html

This tree is called the basic mini-tree and it features a tree with adorable branches that curve up at the ends, pagoda style. Each limb ends in an ornament like a stocking, or a candy cane, or a Santa, a bell or something else Christmas themed. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/mini-tree-basic/index.html

This tree is probably the most three dimensional of the choices. The tree has a garland (or tinsel, depending on where you're from) that threads through the branches, presents that sit under the tree, a star on top and ornaments. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/2028/03437/index.html

There are quite a few stand alone larger ornaments to choose from. This one is a snowflake, http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/03496/index.html, while this one is a slightly different snowflake. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/03495/index.html These are plaid gift boxes, wrapped in ribbons and bows. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/ornament-box/index.html These are more traditional globe ornaments, the kind that used to be glass and now usually come in plastic (which is best if you have kittens in the house.) http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/ornament-ball/index.html

If you like traditional dangley type ornaments you may like these snowmen, complete with top hats and scarves, http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/ornament-snowman/index.html, or these conical Santas, which come in red or green, http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/ornament-santa/index.html or possibly these candy canes, which also come with bows AND bits of holly, making them fairly complex for something that is usually simple. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/ornament-candy/index.htm

Also falling into the traditional ornament category are these bells, which come in yellow or green, http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/ornament-bell/index.html, Christmas stockings, with little poinsettias, http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/ornament-socks/index.html and my favorite, Yule goats, which I initially thought were rocking horses. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/ornament-goat/index.html I don't know the story behind the Yule goat but in my imagination it headbutts those who end up on the naughty list.

The mobile is done in a lot of blues and depicts Santa and his reindeer flying across the sky, leaving a trail of gifts behind him. They include a snowman, a string instrument, a teddy bear, a Christmas tree, a wreath and more. There are also snowflakes that dangle. The entire thing is designed to move in the breeze. (It can be fun to put a fan near indoor mobiles, but not too close unless you want to pretend Santa is dealing with a hurricane.) http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/mobile_christmas/index.html

These gorgeous paper poinsettias should liven up any surface you put them on. And you don't have to worry about any family pets eating them and getting sick. Or at least not as sick as they would get from eating the real thing. The flowers come in three different color patterns and sizes and feature ribbons as well as a basket.

There are quite a few different types of wreathes available, including this unusual style which is basically Santa and his reindeer floating across the sky, with bells and holly at the bottom. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/03501/index.html This wreath features lots of ribbon and a well dressed Teddy bear. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/christmas-wreath_teddy/index.html The body of this Christmas ivy wreath is made of interwoven paper vines. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/03499/index.html This wreath is in the shape of a heart, with a reindeer head, and a giant sprig of holly. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/03502/index.html Finally this last wreath is called basic but has plenty of parts, including what looks like two different types of berries, a bell, ribbons and bows, and of course the ubiquitous holly. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/03503/index.html

These string decorations are similar to mobiles, but are simpler. This one features three bells, all with different designs. You can hang them from a bow, which you can make from the same pattern, or you could just hang them all over the house, depending on your whims. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/string-bell/index.html This pattern features a snowman surrounded by a ring. I guess the string goes at the top of the ring? http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/string-snowman/index.html

If you're looking for papercraft that is heavy on the paper and light on the craft you should take a look at these two Christmas wall decoration sets. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/wd_christmas01/index.html http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/wd_christmas02/index.html Basically you print them, cut them out and stick them wherever you can find some empty space. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, with about twenty to choose from in total.

This banner of Santa climbing a ladder might seem like it would fall into the hardly any work category but it is a little more complicated. Each rung of the ladder has to be cut out carefully and assembly is somewhat complex. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/b-santa-ladder/index.html This one on the other hand is a star, which comes in the choice of three colors, that you essentially cut out and slap together. Easy peasy. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3158/03489/downloads/b-star_e_ltr.pdf

This banner spells out Merry Christmas in alternating red and green colors. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/03506/index.html While this one says Join the Party with letters in a variety of colors. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3158/03488/index.html Finally this very simple Santa banner features a jolly Saint Nick who looks as though he is hiding a gift behind his back. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3159/03505/downloads/b-santa_e_ltr.pdf

Bonus Treat:
This week's bonus treat is a fun take on the Cinderella story from Kate Beaton, who gives Cinderella a bit more than fancy dress and a carriage. (Am I the only one who thinks one of the stepsisters is a Strong Female Character in disguise?) http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=346