Christmas in July! “Jacob’s Ladder” Icicles

Jacob's Ladder Icicle Ornament steps

This ici­cle orna­ment isn’t hang­ing on a Christ­mas tree, but hey, it’s JULY!!

I like to have each of my classes make a spe­cial orna­ment for Christ­mas each year. Here’s an easy paper ici­cle that’s fun for 1st grade and up. Once stu­dents get the hang of it, they’ll be mak­ing these as fast as you can cut the paper! This project is a lit­tle more craft-like than I usu­ally do with my stu­dents, but dur­ing those high energy days lead­ing up to Christ­mas vaca­tion, it can be just what you need!

The orig­i­nal story of “Jacob’s Lad­der” is found in the Bible, in the book of Gen­e­sis. Jacob (who God later renamed Israel) had a dream about a lad­der that stretched all the way to Heaven. Today, there are toys, string games, songs, and even an exer­cise machine named after Jacob’s Lad­der! And now there’s a Christ­mas orna­ment, too!

You Will Need:

  • 12“x18” paper in con­trast­ing col­ors (you’ll need 2 strips of paper cut to 1/2“x18” for each icicle)
  • Glue stick
  • Small hole punch (1/8th” size)
  • Orna­ment hanger or cord
  • Glit­ter and glue (optional)


1. Cut your strips of paper to 1/2“x18”. (If you only have a let­ter size paper trim­mer, just fold your 12x18 paper in half and cut your 1/2″ strips that way. The paper is going to get folded any­way, so this extra fold won’t be noticed on the fin­ished ornament!)

2. Lay the strips so they’re per­pen­dic­u­lar to each other, over­lap them at one end, and glue them together.

3. Start with the strip on the bot­tom and fold it up and over the strip that’s on top.

4. Then fold the strip that’s now on the bot­tom over the one that’s now on the top.

5. Con­tinue this pat­tern of fold­ing the bot­tom strip up and over the top one until the entire length is folded.

6. When you get to the end, glue the shorter piece down and punch a small hole near the end of the longer piece for your hanger. Fold and glue this piece so the end is stick­ing up from the cen­ter of the icicle.

7. Hold both ends and pull them gen­tly apart. Your lad­der will stretch to about 6″. Add some glit­ter, if you want!





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2 Responses to Christmas in July! “Jacob’s Ladder” Icicles

  1. Valerie July 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    i also get a lot of milage out of this with straw­pa­pers in restau­rants, and i’ve seen it used in popup cards. Like your ver­sion too!

    • Cheryl Trowbridge July 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

      What a fun idea to do this with straw wrap­pers, Valerie! I’m going to try this next time we go to In ‘n Out! How do you attach the ends?

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