Paper crafts aren’t just limited to card-making and origami. There are so many amazing things you can make using paper. Here are 30+ paper crafts for adults including home decor, holiday decorations and even earrings!
Paper is a craft supply we all have in our homes. Printer paper, newspaper, wrapping paper, magazines, paper bags — paper is readily available for everyone.
Plus, there are so many things you can do with paper. You can fold it, cut it, paint it, glue, or tape it. The craft possibilities are endless!
When you think of paper crafts, you probably think of scrapbooking, card-making or maybe even origami.
After you take a look at this list of over 30 paper crafts for adults, you will realize that those ideas are just the tip of the iceberg.
You’ll see paper decorations, lighting, jewelry, and party decor. Go ahead and get some inspiration. Scroll down and let me know what you think in the comments!
Paper Crafts for Adults
There are so many amazing things you can make using paper. Here are 30+ paper crafts for adults including home decor, holiday ideas and even earrings!
DIY Paper Chain Rainbow Wall Hanging
Everyone has made paper chains at some point in their childhood. Now you can make an adult version! This hanging wall art is made with multiple paper chains!
Paper Christmas Balls
Learn how to make these cute paper ball ornaments for your Christmas tree! These are a perfect holiday craft for kids or adults.
Glittery Paper Garland
Make a DIY paper garland using a template, paper, Mod Podge, and glitter. It's perfect for a party!
Learn how to make a simple doily wreath. You can customize this paper wreath with different bows or decorations for the seasons or holidays!
Easy Paper Bag Stars
These fun paper bag stars are perfect for stringing on garlands for the Fourth of July, but they would also be great during the Christmas season as holiday ornaments, as centerpieces at birthday parties or informal weddings, or really any gathering where you want to make a big impact.
Colorful Paper Garland
Are you looking for an easy, fun, and cheap way to decorate your home for parties? Then check out these DIY paper garlands. You can make them very quickly, and customize the colors!
Origami Paper Lantern
Start with a paper lantern and then fold up a bunch of origami stars. See how easy it is to make this fun pendant lamp.
Paper Flower Wall Decoration
Turn your paper flowers into a fun pineapple art piece! I can't believe that all of this was made with crepe paper.
Learn how to make paper palms and then use them to frame a circle mirror. You could also just leave this empty in the middle as a wreath.
Crepe Paper Wisteria
This ombre wisteria looks beautiful on its own or add it under a chandelier to take it up a notch! Each petal is made using crepe paper.
Paper Flower Wall Decor
Here is another idea for a paper flower wall art. Using one color makes this a great photo backdrop!
Newspaper Pom Poms
This newspaper craft is so easy and budget friendly – make poms that would be perfect for parties or in your home decorating!
Learn how to make paper earrings using a die cutter or a craft knife - seal them with Mod Podge!
Kate used a combination of leftover wallpaper, craft paper and gift wrap to make these paper lanterns. If you like these, you should also see my patriotic votive candles.
This origami crane wreath is definitely a labor of love — unless you purchase your paper cranes already made! Of course, you could get the whole family involved in the folding.
Hang them up in clusters or add a single one to a doorknob, however you use your paper heart decorations, they’re bound to make your heart smile!
Paper Leaf Wreath
This paper leaf wreath is super easy to create. Use your favorite scrapbook paper or sheets of music as shown here.
Vintage Newspaper Medallion Wreath
It's hard to tell how large this medallion is from the picture, but it's about 44" wide! This newspaper craft was designed to be a statement piece. You can make yours this large, or smaller . . . you can also put it on a canvas. How you customize this decor is up to you.
Origami Paper Bows
Bows can be used for topping off presents, finishing wreaths and as holiday decorations. Learn how to make a pretty bow using paper!
Colorful Hanging Vine Garland
A bright hanging garland is always a win in my party play book. These colorful vines only take a few snips of paper and dabs of glue to connect. They can be hung across the walls or down from the ceiling!
Handmade Paper Christmas Trees
Twinkles lights give these paper trees a beautiful glow. If you don't want to make your own paper, you can always purchase some already made.
Scrap Paper Pendant Light
It's not very often that you can create a unique pendant lamp just with scraps of paper. This gives such a unique look when it glows!
A paper banner is the perfect fall and Thanksgiving decor project. This acorn banner is easy to make and budget-friendly!
This last minute paper decoupage project can save you from a sad looking home during the holidays. You’ll love these paper ornaments – with a free template!
Have fun creating your designer night light! You can use an Xacto knife or a cutting machine if you have one.
Marbleized Paper Art
Learn the best way to marbleize paper from Mandi. She shares her mistakes so you know what works and what doesn't.
These accordion paper flowers are so easy to make that even a child can do it – pick bright, bold origami patterns to make them really stand out! They are perfect for decorating and parties, including photo backdrops.
Also check out these crepe paper flowers.
Faux Capiz Shell Pendant
It's hard to believe that something so pretty is made from wax paper! This is one of those DIY lampshade ideas that takes some time, but the results are worth it. Put this shade over an existing fixture.
Learn to make the coolest bowl ever out of a stack of old magazines! You'll love this easy recycled craft idea.
Origami Christmas Ornaments
Make these colorful origami ornaments using bright and cheery paper! These are so easy, and are a good beginner origami project.
Wrapping Paper Envelopes
Looking to make an envelope for a gift message or card? Wrapping paper is already pretty, so why not fold a few sheets into some cute envelopes! It's really easy.
This DIY Thanksgiving banner is REALLY easy to make – just use paper doilies from the dollar store, paint, and Mod Podge!
What did you think of these paper crafts for adults? Let me know in the comments and then check out these other popular adult crafts: