Is your Christmas tree looking a little bare? Are you in need of some new decorations? Some ornaments are really inexpensive, but instead of going out and buying those, just use your old Christmas cards as ornaments. You might not think that a flat, paper greeting card would make a nice ornament but you’d be wrong! When you use those cards in a particular way you can definitely make unusual but gorgeous ornaments anyone would be proud to hang on their tree!
Make one type of Christmas card ornament by cutting two identical circles. The circles must be the same size but the greeting cards do not have to have the same design. Use a drinking glass or other round object as a pattern to cut the two circles. Try to center the circle over the main design on the card.
Stack the two cards on top of each other then cut from one edge of the circles to the center. On one of the cards punch a small hole at the opposite side of the slit. Thread a piece of twine through the hole and tie it in a knot. Position the knot so that it’s inside the hole.
Hold the two circles so that the slits face each other and slide them together, sliding one of the slits into the other one. Hang the Christmas card ornament on the tree by the cord. Make the ornament even more impressive by punching a hole in one of the cards, on the bottom, and hanging a tassel or even gold or silver icicles.
Make a different kind of ornament by simply cutting a circle from a greeting card and applying glitter around the edges. Poke a hole in the top and thread a cord through it to hang. Cut much smaller circles, glitter them, and hang two or three together with a small cord or piece of thread between them.
Turn Christmas cards into an orb-type ornament when you cut the cards into thin strips. Cut a few strips and there will be large gaps between the strips on the ornament. Cut more strips and the orb ornament will feature strips with tiny gaps between them.
Poke a hole in each end of each strip. Make sure the holes align with one another. After all the holes are in place, stack the strips, then thread a pipe cleaner through the first hole of each. Bend the strips to shape them like a “c” then thread the pipe cleaner through the second hole. Twist each end of the pipe cleaner to prevent the strips coming off of it.
It’s up to you how long to cut the pipe cleaner. If you cut a long piece the sphere will have an elliptical appearance. Make it shorter and the orb will be large and round. Spread the strips apart and position the strips the way you want. Tie a string through the twist in the pipe cleaner, at the top of the ornament, and hang it. If you want, change the look of the paper orb by hanging a tassel from the bottom pipe cleaner area.
Many people save cards from family and friends forever but cards from businesses and such are perfect for recycling into Christmas ornaments. Paper ornaments are easy for children to make, too, so get the family together and create something beautiful this Christmas!