I know that there are some people who have already started dismantling their Christmas decorations, removing the holiday decorations to start the New Year clean and fresh. Here we will probably leave them up a bit longer, at least into the first week of January.
As you remove your decorations, what do you do with all those holiday cards? If you hate to just pitch them, then I have the perfect homemade ornament for you: Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments.
The first step of making your ornament is to cut out 20 circles from the Christmas cards. I traced around a spice container to make my circles, you could also try the lid to a milk carton or water bottle. Since I didn’t want to have a circle with half of Santa’s face or something else cut off, I did the “pick and choose” method for cutting circles. You could also just cut out some squares, trace a circle on the top one, and then cut out several at a time, which would save a bit of time.
The next step is to fold each circle to make a triangle. Make sure the folds are crisp, with real points on the triangles and not rounded edges, otherwise your ornament fit together right later on.
You will then glue your triangles together. I used regular school glue, so I opted to glue 5 circles together at a time and then let them dry before adding more.
I made 3 sets with 5 circles each, let them dry and then added them together. Then I let that dry and finished the ornament by adding the last few circles.
When you are finished, you will use a hole punch to make a hole to add a ribbon to hang your ornament. I was able to make 3 ornaments out of last years cards. (I had about 10 cards, and I was pretty choosy where I cut my circles.)
And if you have one where that last circle just won’t fit… Don’t worry! I was able to cut a slightly larger circle from a gift bag and custom-fit a piece onto one of my ornaments where I didn’t fold all the triangle right.
These homemade ornaments are a fun way to recycle Christmas cards and look lovely on the tree. They’d also make a unique gift.
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