Every crafter began at tinkering around with paper and glue before moving on to more complex projects. Paper and glue are some of the most affordable crafting materials. Get back to basics with these craft ideas that use only paper and glue to create adorable works of art.
Table of Contents
- Cute Monkey Craft for Kids
- Simple Paper Plate Dragon
- Monster Invitations
- DIY Paper Dinosaur Hat
- Heart Suncatchers
- Paper Quilling Egg
- Origami Tulips Origami Tulips Origami Tulips
- Swedish Woven Paper Heart
- Frozen Inspired Elsa Paper Doll
- Paper Unicorn
- Paper Plate Elephant
- Cute Fruit Bookmark Corners
- Three Dimensional Halloween Papercraft
- Do-It-Yourself Paper Fruit Fans
- Ombre Paper Wreath
- Easy Paper Penguin
- Paper Plate UFO
- Mini Origami Succulents
- Thanksgiving Paper Tube Friends
- Paper Roll Snowflakes
- Paper Bag Monster Puppets
- Giant Paper Roses
- Printable Paper Polar
- Fire Breathing Paper Roll Dragons
- Do-It-Yourself Paper Ornaments
- Folded Paper Hearts
- Decorative Feathers
- Paper Quilling Succulents
- Book Page Roses
- Bunny or Carrot Garland
- Paper Leaf Mobile
- Paper Flower Garlands
- Do-It-Yourself Paper Christmas Village
- Paper Flower Wreath
- Decorative Paper Stars
- Paper Cactus
- Fun Ways to Use Paper Flowers
- Paper Mache Eggs
- Korean Lantern
- Do-It-Yourself Tangled-inspired Lanterns
- Paper Giraffe
- Paper Fish Craft
- Paper Snowflakes
- Woven Paper Baubles
- Giant Paper Leaves
- Paper Doily Turkey Cards
- Pineapple Tissue Paper
- Papercraft Bird
- Paper Doily and Cupcake Liner Lotus
- Paper Plate Hens
- Haunted Halloween House
- Halloween Paper House
- Paper Mache LED Skull
- Paper Quilling Jewelry
- Paper and Ribbon Topiary
Cute Monkey Craft for Kids
One of the first animals that we all learned about as kids are the monkey. Rediscover the cuteness of little monkeys with this craft that purely uses cardstocks. You can make a monkey craft or turn the monkey into a card. If you turn the monkey into a card, the head of the monkey opens up to reveal the written message.
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Simple Paper Plate Dragon
Make a mythical creature come life using only a single paper plate. The paper plate will make the main body of the dragon. It will also make the head and the tail. Excess parts of the paper plate will be turned into the wings of the dragon. The whole dragon will be painted in bright colors.
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Keep the imagination running and make different kinds of monsters using paper and glue. Cut the paper of different colors into various shapes and sizes. On another whole sheet of paper, use the different cut-outs of paper to create a whole new world of monsters. Decorate the monster heads with googly eyes to complete the craft.
DIY Paper Dinosaur Hat
Encourage pretend-play with this do-it-yourself dinosaur hat. The hat is made with only paper and some tape and some glue. Cut one sheet of paper into strips that measure one inch. On another sheet of paper, cut diamond shapes to make the spikes. Glue the spikes together and attach it to the strips to complete the hat.
Family and friends of all ages will have fun making this rainbow heart out of tissue paper and some mod podge. Cut squares from tissue paper of different colors. Using glue, layer the tissue paper squares on top of a sheet of plastic. While this is drying, add another layer of mod podge on top. Cut the sheet into a heart following a template.
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Paper Quilling Egg
Paper quilling is a kind of art that uses strips of paper. The paper is rolled into different shapes and sizes. These rolled strips of paper are then arranged to create a figure. This egg paper quilling project is perfect for beginners because it focuses on making the basic quilling shapes like the loose coil and the teardrop.
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Origami Tulips Origami Tulips Origami Tulips
Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper. Origami is a big part of Japanese culture. It is a term that encompasses all kinds of folding practices. These Origami Tulips are a good way to practice basic Origami folds. This craft uses one sheet of square origami paper. You can use different colors of origami paper to create different colored tulips.
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Swedish Woven Paper Heart
These woven paper hearts can serve as Christmas ornaments for the Christmas Tree. It can also hold sweets and treats. This heart is made from two sheets of cardstock that are cut following a specific template. Using two complementing colors when making this woven heart is a great way to create contrast. The template is important to weave the paper in the correct direction.
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Frozen Inspired Elsa Paper Doll
The movie Frozen, and its sequel Frozen 2, have influenced both the younger and the older generations through their storytelling and the values they instill. Make your very own Elsa paper doll by using this template and following the instructions. The template is complete with Elsa’s signature blue dress and cape.
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Unicorns as majestic, magical creatures that many of us adore. Make yourself a unicorn using by following this tutorial. This tutorial includes a template that you can use to cut the head of the unicorn. The template also includes the different parts of the face of the unicorn. Use paper in the colors of the rainbow for the hair of the unicorn.
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Paper Plate Elephant
Elephants are big animals that create wonder and awe. Make yourself or a friend an elephant using paper plates and tissue paper with some glue. Cut the gray tissue paper into squares. Glue the square pieces of gray tissue paper on to the paper plate. Cut out the legs, a tail, an ear, and the elephant’s trunk on another sheet of gray paper.
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Cute Fruit Bookmark Corners
Do away with the traditional rectangular bookmarks and try these cute bookmarks. These bookmarks are attached to the corner of the last page you read instead of being stored in between the pages. One bookmark uses one sheet of square paper. The paper does not need to be origami paper. The front of the bookmark can be decorated to look like cute fruits with faces.
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Three Dimensional Halloween Papercraft
A three-dimensional papercraft use depth, height. and width using layers of paper cut in certain patterns. Compared to flat papercrafts, these crafts are more interesting to make and to view. Three-dimensional crafts also make use of different colors in varying hues to play with the eye’s perception. There are many designs you can make with this style just like this Halloween-inspired art.
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Do-It-Yourself Paper Fruit Fans
Cool yourself or your loved ones from the intense summer heat with these fruit fans. These fruit fans make use of popsicle sticks, glue gun, and some watercolor. Drill a hole on one end of each of the popsicle sticks and insert the brad to make the base of the fan. Cut a fan shape from the paper, paint a fun fruit design, and glue it to the base.
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Ombre Paper Wreath
Decorate your doors and brighten up your thresholds with this do-it-yourself Ombre Paper Wreaths. Simply trace a circle on the box in the desired circumference. Trace a smaller circle inside the first circle and cut it out from the box to form a thick ring. Cut leaves from the sheets of paper in different shades of blue and glue on the cardboard ring.
Easy Paper Penguin
Penguins are cute non-aerial birds that can only be found in places in the South Hemisphere and Galapagos Island. Enjoy making these penguins from sheets of paper while learning about their lives. Start by printing out the template on a white sheet of paper. Cut the penguin out using a pair of scissors. Glue the indicated tabs together to help the penguin stand.
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Paper Plate UFO
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or is it an unknown flying object that is zooming across the halls? Ignite the imagination when you make these UFOs from paper plates. Start by coloring on the underside of the paper plate to turn it into a space ship. Then, make an alien out of green paper and glue it on top of the space ship. Cover the alien with a plastic cup.
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Mini Origami Succulents
Liven up your office desk, windowsills, mantlepieces, or even the corner of a room with these mini succulents made from paper. Follow these instructions to make up to four different varieties of succulents. Use sheets of green paper in varied shades. The soil and the pots of the succulents are also made using origami paper in brown, red, pink, and purple.
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Thanksgiving Paper Tube Friends
Celebrate Thanksgiving and spread the holiday spirit in the whole house with these Thanksgiving friends. These characters are made from paper tubes or tissue cores. Paint the body of the tubes brown for the turkey and flesh for the pilgrims. Cut feathers, eyes, a beak, and a red heart from sheets of colored paper of the turkey. Cut pilgrim clothes and native attires from black and brown paper. Drawn on the faces of the pilgrims.
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Paper Roll Snowflakes
Create these beautiful snowflakes from plain paper rolls. Start by flattening the rolls and cutting into strips of different widths. Layout the desired snowflake design using the strips of paper rolls. Glue the strips together following the layout. Decorate the snowflake with glitters by first dipping it on a plate of glue, then dipping it on a plate of silver glitter.
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Paper Bag Monster Puppets
The day of hearts is a celebration for everyone, even for monsters. Make yourself monster puppets that are in the Valentine spirits using paper bags. Start by painting the paper bag in pink or red. Then, cut out teeth and eyes on a sheet of white construction paper. Assemble the monster paper bag and complete with googly eyes, pom poms, and pipe cleaners.
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Giant Paper Roses
Accessorise the walls fo your room with these giant paper roses. These paper roses use sheets of paper in the color of your choice. Use the template and cut the petals of the flower from the sheets. Follow the tutorial to assemble the rose layer by layer using the petals.
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Printable Paper Polar
Make a family of polar bears when you make this craft. Print the template of the polar bears on sheets of white paper. Cut the Mama Polar bear and her cubs from the sheets of paper. Fold the tabs and the feet of each of the polar bears. Apply glue on the tabs and stick them together to make the bears stand.
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Fire Breathing Paper Roll Dragons
Turn into a fierce fire breathing dragon with this paper roll craft. Start by painting the body of the paper roll green. Build the face of the dragon by using two large pom poms as eyes on one end of the tube. Stick a pair of google eyes on the larger pom poms to give the dragon eyesight. Attach the two smaller pom poms on the tube for nostrils. Glue strips of red, orange, and yellow paper to the tube for the fire.
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Do-It-Yourself Paper Ornaments
It is never to early to start preparing for the holidays. Slowly start Christmas festivities when you make these paper ornaments. Using scrapbooking paper, cut strips of different lengths but the same width. Fold the strips like an accordion. Using the hot glue, stick the ends of the strips together to form rings. Use the rings to create the ornament. Hang the ornament with twine.
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Folded Paper Hearts
Valentine’s Day crafts do not need to be expensive. Make this Valentine’s Day craft with only paper, a stick, and a cork. Cut a long hear shape on a sheet of pink paper. Fold the heart like an accordion. Using a puncher, punch holes right down the middle of the heart. Weave the stick into the holes and poke the stick on half a cork.
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Do you have old books lying around that nobody bothers about? Begin by gently removing the pages from the book. Lay one page on a flat surface and cover the page with glue. Lay a dowel in the middle of the page then place a second page on top. Cut into the shape of a feather.
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Paper Quilling Succulents
Take paper quilling to a whole new level when you make this succulent craft. Create different shapes such as the coil, the petal, the teardrop, the dome, and the big cone. Assemble the different kinds of succulents using strips of paper in shades of green, red, white, and lilac. Assemble the succulents in pots with stones in the base.
Book Page Roses
Do not let the pages of an old book go to waste and turn them into something new and beautiful with this craft. Start by gently separating the book pages from the spine of the book. Cut circles from the pages. Cut spirals in the circles and roll the strip tightly. As you reach the end of the strip, put a dab of glue and stick a new strip. Continue rolling and adding new strips until you are happy with the size of the rose.
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Bunny or Carrot Garland
Decorate your house for Easter with your choice of a Bunny garland or a Carrot Garland. For the Bunny garland, cut white and pink cardstock into strips. Use white cardstock for the body of the bunny, then pink and white for the ears. Add a pom-pom for the bunny’s tail. Use green and orange cardstock for the carrot.
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Paper Leaf Mobile
Make a light-weight and visually stimulating mobile to hang over your baby’s crib. Use sheets of paper in different shades of green, pink, and yellow. Cut the paper into leaves. Attach the leaves to fishing lines of varying lengths. Hang the fishing lines on a hoop. Use a sturdy piece of rope or string to hang the hoop from the ceiling over the crib.
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Paper Flower Garlands
There are hundreds of different species of flowers in the world. Be inspired and make flowers out of paper to turn into these flower garlands. You can use vellum to make a flower backdrop for a wedding. Make peonies and gardenias out of crepe paper. You can also use tissue paper to make a flower-inspired pompom vine.
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Do-It-Yourself Paper Christmas Village
Create a unique and creative Christmas Village with essentially only paper. Use cardstock to build the house in the village. The white cardstock is used for the walls of the house and black cardstock for the walls. Cut the house using cutting machines. Accentuate the village with fleece for snow, and lights to make the village more magical.
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Paper Flower Wreath
Dress up a plain, old wreath with these paper flowers. The paper flowers used in this craft are cherry blossoms. The cherry blossoms were painted using watercolor. The image can be downloaded from Etsy. Print the flower on paper, cut them out, and attach them to an old wreath. Bend and fold the flower to make it look as natural as possible.
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Decorative Paper Stars
Turn your walls or your ceilings into a galaxy with these paper stars. These paper stars are made from square paper. They are made by following the basic folds in origami. Each spike of the star is made up of one sheet of paper. To make the stars more interesting, use printed pieces of paper when constructing the spikes.
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Cacti are plants that are almost impossible to kill. But if you are still unsure of taking the leap to take care of a real living plant, then this paper cactus is just for you! Print the template for the plant and the flower on sheets of paper in different shades of green and pink. Cut the templates out and assemble the cactus following the instructions.
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Fun Ways to Use Paper Flowers
Paper flowers are versatile decorations that can be used for almost all occasions. Use big, white daisy flowers as a backdrop for a party. Decorate a picture frame with different kinds of paper flowers. Make a monogram in a deep frame with flowers made from a paper with one color. The possibilities are endless.
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Paper Mache Eggs
Paper mache eggs are easy crafts to make. These are also very cute decorations around the house even without special occasions. Create different sceneries inside the paper mache eggs, like an average prehistoric day for dinosaurs, or the beginning of Easter in the woods. Have fun with it and let your imagination lead the way.
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Brighten up any dark room with this Korean lantern craft. Start by downloading the template. Then, print the template on a sheet of paper in the color of your choice. Cut the template from the paper and fold it following the guidelines. Apply glue on the indicated tabs and attach the tabs to complete the lantern.
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Do-It-Yourself Tangled-inspired Lanterns
See the light, at last, with these lanterns inspired by the movie Tangled. Begin by drawing a Sun on a sheet of yellow paper and roll it into a tube. Fold a sheet of purple paper in half and cut slits. Roll the yellow paper into the purple paper and fold the purple paper so the slits that will open revealing the yellow paper inside.
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Explore the great safari wilderness with there paper giraffes. Start by rolling a sheet of yellow paper into a cone. Draw the face of a giraffe on another sheet of yellow paper. Cut the face of the giraffe and attach it to the pointy end of the cone. Decorate the body of the giraffe with brown circles.
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Paper Fish Craft
Make a whole school of fish with this papercraft tutorial. All you need are colorful sheets of paper, glue, and some pens to decorate the fish. Start by cutting a long strip of paper in any color. Draw the tail of the fish in two ends of the strip. Glue the two ends of the strip together and decorate the fish with scales, eyes, and a mouth.
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Bring the joy that snow brings into your home without the cold when you make these snowflake curtains. Start by making the snowflakes using white paper. Cut the paper into a square and then fold it following the instructions. Choose a design from the diagram and cut it into the folded paper. Make as many snowflakes as you like and then attach to a piece of string.
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Woven Paper Baubles
Make your own set of baubles to hang around the mantlepiece with this craft idea. These baubles are made entirely out of paper. There are currently three patterns available. Print the pattern on a thick sheet of paper in two complementing colors. Cut the patterns out and weave the strands together until you have built the sphere.
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Giant Paper Leaves
A bouquet of flowers, be it made of real flowers or paper flowers, needs some greenery. Add these giant leaves to your giant flowers to accentuate your arrangements. These giant leaves are made from green sheets of paper. There are different patterns available to make different kinds of leaves.
Paper Doily Turkey Cards
Use the extra paper doilies that you have around the house and make these easy turkey cards. Fold a sheet of brown paper to make a card. Assemble the turkey using the doily as the tail and a bowling pin-shaped paper as the body. Complete the turkey with facial features cut out from paper.
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Pineapple Tissue Paper
Turn your event into a tropical party in an instant with these pineapples made from tissue paper. All you need are green and yellow tissue paper, some glue, and a pair of scissors. Make the body of the pineapples as if you making a pom-pom out of the yellow tissue paper. Use the green tissue paper for the leaves.
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Invite nature into your home with these bird papercraft. Begin by downloading the template. Next, print it out on a sheet of paper in any color. Next, cut out the template and fold a crease following the lines on the template. Then, apply glue on the tabs and attach the tabs together.
Paper Doily and Cupcake Liner Lotus
Keeping lotus out of water is not an ideal thing to do. Make yourself a lotus that can survive out of the water with paper doilies and cupcake liners. Start by cutting a thin triangle from the paper doily. Paint the doily green. Cut two of the cupcake liners like flowers with thin petals. Stack the cupcake liners and paint the center yellow. Glue the flower to the doily pad.
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Paper Plate Hens
Make this modern take on ceramic hen plates, and keep them less fragile, using plain paper plates. start by cutting a rectangle on the paper plate from the edge up to the middle. This will the stand of the chicken, cut the tail and the head from the plate. Draw the outline of the chicken and decorate using colored pens.
Haunted Halloween House
Celebrate Halloween without being so scary with this Haunted Halloween House craft. Use a sheet of cardstock in any color as the background. Create the silhouette of the haunted house, a gnarled tree, bats, and spiders using the black paper. Make ghosts and spiderwebs out of the white paper. Use the gray and orange paper to make accents such as pumpkins and dark grass. Glue everything together to complete the scene.
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Halloween Paper House
Decorations around the house during Halloween. Make your three-dimensional paper house with this pattern. First, print the pattern out on paper. Copy the pattern on cardboard or on an automatic cutting machine. Cut the parts of the house out and paint them out. Paint the windows, doors, and other details of the house. Fold and glue the house together.
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Paper Mache LED Skull
Create a spooky home decor using paper mache with this craft. Start by wrapping a fake skull with foil. Cover the top part of the skull with strips of paper and glue. After letting this part dry, remove it from the skull and work on the bottom part of the skull. After the bottom part is dry, tape the two parts together and paint it gray. Cut some holes and insert LED lights.
Paper Quilling Jewelry
Produce cute and charming pieces of jewelry using paper and the quilling technique. Create a pair of elephant dangling earrings. You can also make a set of dangling flower earrings and a cuff. Craft a unique necklace with colorful feather pendants. You can also make a set of pop art-inspired necklaces and a pair of dangling earrings.
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Paper and Ribbon Topiary
Make this topiary you can place in the porch or by the door for Valentine’s Day. All you need are sheets of patterned paper, a styrofoam ball, a dowel, and a pink bucket. Cut the patterned paper into strips and staple the ends together. Use hot-glue to cover the styrofoam ball. Poke the ball with a wooden dowel and secure it on the pink bucket.
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It is important to remember not to underestimate the power of even the most basic materials. There are more crafts that paper and glue can make if we use our imagination.