Recycled Christmas Cards: Friends and Family Tree Garland

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  It was beautiful here in PA.  Absolutely gorgeous and I wanted to be outside as much as possible to enjoy the weather, so I didn’t get around to any work or blogging.   Now that Labor Day has officially come and gone and the Summer of 2010 is officially over,  I can get into full fall mode  YEAH!!!!!!! without anyone giving me a hard time, like I am trying to rush the season.    I am looking forward to oranges, browns, reds and all the lovely warm fall colors and putting some fall touches throughout the house. 

The project I created for today’s post is for beyond Fall —– It used recycled Christmas cards to make a Christmas tree garland  that takes some time to make so I wanted to post it now to give you ample time to gather all the materials  and create your own.

  I started this one in October 2008.  I had completed most of the preliminary steps and then I got busy and it sat in the basket in the photograph below until this past weekend.  Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors has a Gitter Done Link Up every so often and that was just what I needed to motivate me to get this project – DONE!  Now I can use it to decorate my home for Christmas 2010.   If you have all the materials gathered you could get this done in a day – I just took the long way around.

Christmas Card recycling ideas

 I also wanted to remind you that if and when you complete your holiday projects you can link them here, at my On-Going Holiday Link- up Party.  There is also a button and a link over there on my sidebar.  You can link old and new projects.

 

I have been saving all the Christmas cards I have received for many years and have quite a collection.  I love to find ways to re-use them. I have been working on this Friends and Family Christmas Tree Garland for a while now and happy to say, it is done.  My plan was to make use of all the photo cards I have gotten since I am not a scrapbooker.  I thought how nice it would be to wrap my tree  with all the friends and family who live far away and that we won’t see during the holidays.  Decoratively displaying the garland will bring them a little bit closer at least in spirit.

The garland is quite easy to make.   First you need to figure out how long a garland you want.  Estimate how many cards, sequins, beads, and jump rings you will need, then begin creating it in stages.  1.  Cut the cards.  2.  Punch holes in sequins and put on jump rings.  3.  Make wire loops for the beads   4. Assemble it. 

Supplies Needed:

24 gauge wire
1/8″ hole punch
Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Deckle Edge Ruler
 Needle nose pliers
 Wire cutters
 Jewerly making pliers
 Large jump rings
Christmas Cards – traditional and photo cards
Variety of beads
Scissors

Christmas Tree Garland Ideas

Gather your Christmas Cards

1.  Cut greetings and images from the front of cards until you have enough to make a garland for the size you need.  Cut the images out in all different shapes for more interest.  I chose to make my garland red, green, and white and only used cards in those colors.

How to make a Christmas Tree Garland using old Christmas cards

Punch a hole in each side of every cut-out.

Christmas Garland Making Ideas

2.  Cut a variety of greetings from the front of cards and keep in a separate pile.

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Since I wanted all white greetings, I used the inside message for my garland, but you can use the front greetings as pictured above also.

Decorating Ideas for Christmas

I used a deckle edge ruler to give my cut out greetings a decorative edge.  You could also use pinking or scalloped scissors.  Punch a hole in each side of the cut-out.

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Cut out the photos of your friends and family from all the photo cards you receive.

 

 

How to reuse Christmas Cards

and punch a hole in each side.

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Sequins

This step is optional, but I wanted to add a little glitz. I layered a green sequin onto a red one and used  Fast Grab Tacky Glue to adhere quickly.

Decorating Craft Ideas for Christmas

Christmas Craft Ideas

Then I used a hole punch to make the center hole bigger for a jump ring to go through.

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Add a large jump ring to each sequin.

Christmas Card recycling ideas

Beads

Create the beads with wire loops to connect the cards.  Thread wire through bead –

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and then make a wrapped loop.  For more detailed directions on how to do this, go here

Make a wire loop for a bead to dangle

Repeat on other side so that when you are done your bead looks like this.  Repeat on all your beads.

Christmas Garland Making Ideas

Assemble

Attach the beads to the jump rings and close with needle-nose pliers.

Christmas Card recycling ideas

I used pearls, and a variety of different styles of red and green beads.

Christmas Card recycling ideas

Christmas Card recycling ideas

Display

Over doors, windows, mantels…

Christmas Card recycling ideas

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Mirrors…

 

Christmas Card recycling ideas

and your Christmas Tree.

Christmas Card recycling ideas

Christmas Card recycling ideas

Christmas Card recycling ideas

Christmas Card recycling ideas

Christmas Garland Making Ideas

Christmas Garland Making Ideas

 



Comments

  1. says

    What a cute cute cute idea! I love it! I have loads of Christmas cards from friends and family that I keep each year because I am so sentimental. LOVE this idea! I had to share it to.

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