I want to apologize for posting about Christmas before December. I hate Christmas advertisements, music, etc before December as much as the next person, but for those who plan to USE these printables time is of the essence. Some of these ornaments will take time to make and if you have a large tree it could take time to fill it--especially with all the commotion that comes with the holiday season.
Christmas ornaments are one of those sticky places between printables and paper crafts. Some of these projects will fall more on one side of the spectrum than the other because of the three dimensional nature of Christmas ornaments. I tried to bring you only those that you could realistically keep for more than one year since ornaments are usually cherished things. Paper can be preserved in a number of ways. I like to give my paper creations a couple coats of clear spray paint, but I've also heard of people using Modge Podge (not good on ink jet print outs but fine on laser) and dipping in wax.
I'm going to start with the printable Christmas ornaments that have the most traditional look and feel. HP has some beautiful printable Christmas ornaments that are simply stunning. They do require some heavy duty assembly though so you'll have to start early if you plan on decorating a whole tree with them. I know it seems like I've been a one woman advertising firm for HP lately, but they do provide an impressive range of printables in their activity center. Aside from the ornaments I already mentioned they also have some very cute gift box ornaments. If you like the circle ornaments but don't want to be ink wasteful then print out this ornament template with instructions for making the ornaments from recycled Christmas cards.
Next on the list are these click and print ornaments from Martha Stewart. These printable ornaments are charming in their subdued shades of green, pink, and blue. These ornaments can be customized with family photos. While your at it check out the printable pattern and tutorial for making vintage inspired glitter stars. This would be an awesome way to use up left over wrapping paper.
Paper dove ornaments from Design*Sponge require very little in the way of ink yet produce a wonderfully modern look. Use the printable templates on their site to create a flock of lovely peace birds to adorn your holiday tree. The templates are at the bottom of the post. The link isn't very noticeable so look hard.
Also on my list of interesting printable ornaments are these Victorian paper craft ornaments from Victorian Ornaments. Of course they require some extra embellishment to really shine, but I can't help but be entranced by the lovely illustrations. The base doll forms can be dressed up in a variety of ways for an infinite variety of combinations. While you are there read about how they make their ornaments because it might give you some ideas for making your own.
Visit How About Orange for printable ornament templates, tutorials, and ideas for 3D paper ornaments. There are some paper cut ornament and some origami ornament ideas. Remember that the specialty papers used to create a lot of these ornaments can be printed at home. Just search for "free digital scrapbook papers" or "printable scrapbook papers" and you will quickly find great designs to use in you ornaments. My favorite ornament in this link list collection is the one she featured on her own website. You can print the template onto colored card stock or any of the scrapbook papers you might have printed. How awesome does this ornament look in orange? Jessica Jones is giving me a whole new appreciation for the color orange.
Here's another dastardly simple ornament template from Lost Button Studio. What a timeless and simple design. I love it! Lost Button Studio's blog has a lot of fun ideas so if you get a few spare moments have a click through.
I like the design of these printable ornament boxes from Shala. For hearth-free households (oh the drudgery of apartment living!) finding a good place to hang a stocking is a bit of a chore. These ornament gift boxes won't alleviate that responsibility, but they can help make up for, in a small way, the lack of a proper fireplace. They'd also be great for a classroom or office Christmas tree. Each person could enjoy a small present from the tree. Scroll down the page to see the various designs available.
Speaking of classrooms, some teachers have a large paper tree that the children can decorate with paper ornaments. Scissor Craft and Lee Hanson printables both have some printable paper ornaments that would be appropriate for small children to cut out and past on a paper tree.
The last printable ornament template I want to share isn't exactly a paper craft. It's actually a felt sewing craft, but I am really amused by the resurgence of the 1970's owl motif. But, the template is awesome and would work great with patterned craft papers or printed scrapbook backgrounds.