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I fall in that place between too sentimental to recycle my Christmas cards, but not sentimental enough that I won’t cut them all up for a crafty project. I’ve been collecting my cards for a few years now, and I’ve come up with this fun way to keep them around — making garlands!
I’ve turned my garlands into a Christmasy mobile that I’ve hung from my ceiling, but you could easily make them longer and hang them on the tree or the mantle.
Let’s get started! You’re going to need your old Christmas cards (duh).
This isn’t rocket science. Turn over the punch so you can see what you’re doing, and punch a reindeer’s face. Hahaha! (Sorry. It’s late, I’m sick, and I’m running only on NyQuil and reruns of Bones.)
Sometimes you may want to punch a cardinal, but the punch won’t reach. Just chop the card up!
Hey cardinal! Nice to see you. And hey Santa! I also punch things that don’t fit — like “SAN CLA” on this card — because it’s clear they are still Christmasy.
Don’t forget the backs and insides of cards — they sometimes have the best things! I also use the cards with my friends photos — makes the garland extra special.
Soon, you’ll have a pile of Christmas circles.
Take a length of thread and fold it in half (mine was about 68 long, folded in half to 4′). Thread a plastic pearl or bead on the thread, to give it a little weight at the bottom.
Flip over one of the circles, line up the thread across the center, and put a dot of hot glue over the thread.
I’ve found that you don’t have to be too precise — it sort of works itself out if you’re off center a little.
Put another circle right-side-up on top, sandwiching the glue and the thread in between. (The glue doesn’t show through.) I try and make sure that my circles are generally facing the right direction, so Frosty isn’t upside-down.
Keep adding more circle sandwiches up the thread, stringing a bead (using both threads) every so often for some bling.
Keep going until you reach the end of your thread, leaving a bit of room to tie it. I tied my garlands to a branch and hung it from the ceiling using command hooks and some twine. I spray-glittered the branch with gold glitter spray paint. The garlands sway and spin in the air currents — very pretty, and I get to see both sides of each garland as they spin.
Voila! The perfect way to use your old Christmas cards. Even better, you can add to it year after year!
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