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Easy Paper Crafts: Vellum Ornament

Each of the four patterns uses one piece of 8 1/2 by 11 inches vellum and a short piece of yarn to become a simple and pretty three-dimensional vellum ornament.

These vellum ornaments can add to holiday decorations or be used for parties such as bridal or baby showers. They would also be pretty hanging in a garden for a casual summer's evening.

Here's one: 

Vellum Ornament finished and on display

Take a look at the three other patterns plus an angel. The angel uses the pattern from the Folded Paper Angel project and requires two sheets of vellum.

The five-point star shown above used vellum decorated with silver stars, also five-pointed.

Below, the eight-point star used a sheet of vellum decorated with equidistant dots.

The scalloped ornament used vellum with a scroll-work design.

The four-point star used gold vellum, and the angel used silver vellum.

Vellum Ornament four finished and on display

Easy Paper Crafts: Vellum Ornament Materials and Tools:

  • Vellum - one sheet 8 1/2 x 11 inches (two, if making angel)
  • Yarn or narrow ribbon - 8 to 10 inches long
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pencil 
  • Eraser 
  • Vellum Ornament Pattern

Take a look at the simple materials and tools.  

Vellum Ornament materials and tools 

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Paper Crafts: Vellum Ornament Pattern:

Print the Vellum Ornament pattern.

Cut around the pattern shape for the design you want to make.

Vellum Ornament step 1 cut pattern

Use a pencil to draw around the pattern six times for six different shapes.

Vellum Ornament step 2 draw around the pattern

Cut each of the six shapes.

Vellum Ornament step 3 cut shapes

Erase any pencil marks remaining around the cut shapes.

Hint: a piece of plain white paper placed behind the shape makes the pencil marks easier to see and to erase.

Vellum Ornament step 4 erase pencil marks

Fold the shape in half.

Each side should be a mirror image of the other.

Vellum Ornament step 5 fold shape in half

Erase and fold all six shapes.

Vellum Ornament step 5 erase and fold all shapes

Cut yarn (or narrow ribbon) for hanging loop 8 to 10 inches long.

Vellum Ornament step 7 cut yarn

Thread needle with a double-strand of thread. Tie a knot in one end.

Vellum Ornament step 8 thread needle

Position the shapes with three on each side and their folded edges back-to-back.

Vellum Ornament step 9 position 3 shapes each back to back

Flatten the shapes together.

Push the needle through all layers in the fold and 3/8 inch above the bottom edge.

Do not pull the thread all the way to the knot yet.

Vellum Ornament step 10 push needle through all layers

Bring the needle back through 3/8 inch from the first point.

Push the needle between the two strands of thread above the end knot.

This will prevent the knot from being pulled through the vellum.

Pull the thread firmly to complete the first stitch.

Vellum Ornament step 11 bring needle back through

Continue stitches at 3/8 inch apart.

The last needle point should be at least 3/8 inch from all edges.

When at the next to last point, stop and insert the yarn between the 3 forward and 3 backward layers.

The last stitch will wrap the yarn not sew through it.

Vellum Ornament step 12 place yarn between layers

Make the last stitch and bring the needle back through at the previous point.

Take the needle back through the top point and return again through the point below.

This gives the yarn additional thread for strength when hanging.

Vellum Ornament step 13 last stitch

Knot to secure the thread and trim.

Vellum Ornament step 14 secure and trim threads

Tie a knot in the yarn ends to form the hanging loop.

Vellum Ornament step 15 tie knot in yarn to form hanging loop

Adjust the folds in the vellum to form the three-dimensional shape.

Vellum Ornament step 15 adjust the folds

The Vellum Ornament is finished and ready to display.

Vellum Ornament step 17 hang to display

Use the decoration for holidays - Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, whatever - or for parties - indoors or out.


Just a few materials and tools become a simple and elegant Vellum Ornament that can be used any time of the year.

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