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8 stunning paper Christmas decorations - and they're recyclable, too!

Want to steer clear of glitter and plastic this festive season? Go for recyclable, eco-friendly paper decorations instead!

Published: August 17, 2022 at 12:33 pm

If you're conscious of the planet but still want to deck your halls out this Christmas, choosing decorations made with recyclable materials is a great place to start. Repurposed wooden decorations, and wooden Christmas trees, are great ideas, but let's not forget about good old reliable paper!

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We've chosen a range of beautiful, versatile paper Christmas decorations, from baubles to tree toppers, that will add a splash of festive cheer to your interior scheme this year and beyond.

And because they're all made from paper, they'll leave a much less harmful footprint than glittery, plastic decorations which are made from fossil fuels and take years and years to break down. (Find out more on how to cut down on plastic use in your home here).

Should your paper decs look a bit worse for wear down the line, you can just pop them in your recycling bin. Paper decorations can also be easily folded up and stored away without taking up much space - handy if you have a small home without a lot of storage.

Best recyclable paper decorations for Christmas

Gold paper tree decoration

Gold Paper Tree Decoration
Gold Paper Tree Decoration, from £6, Rockett St. George

These striking gold paper Christmas tree decorations are a lovely way to dress up a festive tablescape or brighten a sideboard, windowsill or bedside table. They're made from sturdy paper that will last for years and they can be folded flat and stored away neatly.

White Pompom Paper Lanterns

White Pompom Paper Lanterns
FEPITO White Pompom Paper Lanterns, £14.99, Amazon

Create your very own Santa's grotto with these white paper lanterns that you can hang from the ceiling, off a garland or off your Christmas tree. They range in size from 15 to 30cm and come in a pack of 16 and their versatility makes them a great addition for other holidays and celebrations.

Check out our pick of the best bunting for garden parties, BBQs and more here!

Paper Honeycomb Christmas Baubles

Paper Honeycomb Christmas Baubles
Paper Honeycomb Christmas Baubles, set of 6, £27.50, Not On The High Street/ Oh So Kel

If you're after some paper baubles this year, these beautiful, intricate honeycomb designs from Oh So Kel might be just the thing. They come in a set of six in a range of pared-back shades, ivory, dusty pink and burgundy, perfect for a Scandi-style Christmas!

Paper Star Tree Topper

White Paper Star Tree Topper
Watt & Veke Karla Top Star, £25, ARKET

Designed by Swedish lighting brand Watt & Veke, this Nordic-style paper star tree topper would make a lovely addition to a minimalist Christmas tree set-up. Complement the paper star with natural decorations such as eucalyptus garlands and dried orange baubles.

Learn how to make your own Scandi baubles

Paper Christmas Tree Decoration

Paper Christmas Tree Decoration
Jesper Paper Christmas Tree Decoration, £8.95, SKLUM

We love these paper Christmas tree decorations that are perfect for jazzing up your dinner table on the big day. There's a choice of six colours, including pink, red and taupe, and two sizes, so you make a stunning, varied forest scene on your table or sideboard.

Handmade Vintage Paper Christmas Decorations

Handmade Vintage Paper Christmas Decorations
Handmade Vintage Paper Christmas Decorations, £16, Etsy/ Gloria Monday Shop

These retro Christmas decorations would look charming in a cottagecore scheme or even better in a Victorian or Edwardian home! They're made with vintage paper from old children's books that would otherwise be pulped. They'd look sweet hanging from a tree or along a garland.

See more ideas of what you can do with vintage paper here!

Afroart Paper Stars

Red Paper Stars
Afroart Paper Stars, £6, ARKET

For a pop of pattern and colour, how about these artistic paper stars? They're designed by the Swedish fairtrade brand Afroart and are handmade by small rural businesses in Nepal using bark from local trees. The stars are also available in white with gold polka dots, but we love this deep red shade which would pair beautifully with a green Christmas tree or add colour to a twig tree.

Gold Decorative Paper Star

Gold Decorative Paper Star, £5.95, SKLUM

When it comes to Christmas decorations, a gold star is the cherry on the cake! This shimmery gold paper star would look lovely in a festive window display or hanging off a staircase bannister. Or why not buy a few and make a beautiful starry garland?

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It doesn't have to be used just for Christmas either, in fact, all of these paper decorations would make lovely additions for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and more!

Authors

Katie is a Staff Writer for HomeStyle magazine and YourHomeStyle.uk. She previously worked on Gardens Illustrated magazine and has written for various other lifestyle magazines and brands. She particularly enjoys writing about indie and eco homeware brands, interior styles through the ages, urban gardening, and decor hacks for small spaces. She is also responsible for HomeStyle's buyer's guides, so you'll often find her testing out the latest homeware gadgets and kitchen appliances.

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