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A Handmade Little Christmas: Christmas Card Ornament

I’ve been crafting and cooking up a storm in preparation for our Christmas at home this year. Throughout December, I’m going to share a few of my projects… whether they fail or succeed. 😉 Feel free to join in and link up your own fun holiday creations in the comments!

DIY Christmas Card Ornament

We get a lot of Christmas cards these days. I sent them out last year, which meant we got some in return for the first time ever, and now that it’s our second year of doing the card exchange thing, we have a ton. Of course I display our 2012 cards as we receive them — I wouldn’t do anything crafty with them yet! — but when I found our 2011 cards stashed away I knew I had to do something.

See, Matt is a nostalgic pack-rat whereas I’m fine with nostalgia but I like my clutter to be kind of useful. We wouldn’t display cards from years past, but something felt a bit weird about tossing them. And so, the Christmas card ornament came into play.

This is another easy one. Trace 20 circles onto a variety of cards and cut them out (or use a circle punch — I highly recommend going that route because if you freehand it and you aren’t good at staying in the lines, your ornaments will take on a kindergarten-esque look like mine). Then, trace out an equilateral triangle on a cardstock circle of the same size, cut out the triangle, and trace it onto the backs of your 20 card circles.

If you score and fold the lines you’ve drawn on your circles, you’ll be able to glue the tabs together to make a ball! This tutorial is the one I used, and it has every step photographed along the way — it really helped me figure out the right shape.

Like I said, mine’s a bit childish, but I tested it out on cards I didn’t really mind hacking to pieces. I’m on the hunt for a large enough circle punch, and I’ll make more, if I can find one.

I think you could do this same craft with wedding invitations, photos, or any other kind of paper memorabilia! I might do one with our Christmas card from last year.

FYI, Better Homes and Gardens has a great round-up of other holiday crafts you can make with leftover cards. May as well put them to good use, right?

[Background photo for header image used under Creative Commons.]

12 Responses
  • Allie
    December 13, 2012

    What size circle punch do you think would work? It’s kind of hard to tell how large it turned out. I like this idea! We just have piles of cards from over the years, and I hate that they don’t have much purpose!

    • Shayla
      December 13, 2012

      The ones I made were maybe an inch per circle? The whole thing turned out pretty large, maybe a bit bigger than a baseball.

  • Jenna
    December 13, 2012

    I totally made the exact same ones in Sunday School when I was little! And thanks for the link to the other Christmas card crafts. That is now on my weekend to do list…

    • Shayla
      December 13, 2012

      They really reminded me of school crafts! I don’t think I ever made them as a kid but it was fun doing something with my hands. 🙂

  • Catherine
    December 13, 2012

    Those are really cute and yours doesn’t look childish at all. I should try this, because you know I throw my cards out and I feel guilty about it. 🙁

    • Shayla
      December 13, 2012

      I wish I could throw more of ’em out! Packrat husband, clutter-hating wife.

  • Margaret
    December 13, 2012

    These are super cute! I actually really wanted to do some sort of Christmas decoration with our wedding invites- and this would be perfect!

    • Shayla
      December 13, 2012

      I think that would look great!

  • Lauren
    December 13, 2012

    I always wonder what to do with our leftover Christmas cards. This is a great idea!

    • Shayla
      December 13, 2012

      Hurray for Pinterest, haha!

  • Jess
    December 13, 2012

    I love this idea! I couldn’t just throw out all my cards from last year and this would be a great way to repurpose them!

    • Shayla
      December 13, 2012

      If you have the patience to cut out all the circles it’s a really cute craft!

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