Recycled Christmas Card Garland

BY ON Nov 25, 2012
Simple christmas decorations kids can make

 

 

Turn your old christmas cards from last year or the new ones you receive this year into a fabulous Homemade Christmas decoration that the kids can make!  A Recycled Christmas Card Garland is an easy, inexpensive and creative way to bring the colours of Christmas and fun into your home this Christmas.

 

What you will need?

 

You will need some old Christmas cards, scissors, a ruler, string and some sticky tape.  We sorted through our christmas cards and separated them for size and shape that would best suit our garland.

 

Let’s Make 

 

My two older girls and I had a bit of a system going when we made our Christmas Card Garland.  I would be ruling the lines of the triangle onto the back of the picture side of the card and they would cut them out.  Great cutting and scissor skills practice for them!

To make the Christmas Garland, first we created a stencil by cutting out a triangle on the back of the Christmas card (see photo).  Using the stencil we then traced around it onto the back of picture side of the card.  We then simply cut it out along the lines.

 

Let’s Create 

 

When we had enough cards cut out, the girls laid them out in a colour order they liked.  We turned the cards over and sticky taped them to the string.

 

On Display 

 

We now have a Christmassy colourful decoration hanging up in our play room!  So simple, so easy and really cheap to make!

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32 Responses to “Recycled Christmas Card Garland”

  1. Looks great, Janice! Love the idea. There are some cards that are just to gorgeous to recycle so this is an awesome idea on reusing them. X

  2. Debs says:

    Gorgeous! I just love these. I always want to do all your stuff! x

  3. Jode says:

    Love this Janice!! Had never thought of a garland with the cards…have done a few other things but not this…very clever and it looks so pretty and festive too!

  4. I’ve made a garland with Little Golden Books but this idea is FAB, FAB, FAB!
    Would you believe my Christmas cards are still hanging in the front room from the past few years because i can’t bear to throw them but I don’t know what else to do with them. I think I’ve just found my answer.

  5. Kylie says:

    You are too clever! I love this idea and will definitely be doing it.

  6. Penny says:

    Squeee, recycling!

    Now, I don’t send gift cards because I think it’s a waste of trees and it kind of erks me when I get them… because it’s wasting trees BUT now I’ll be a little less erked because I can make this. I LOVE it!

  7. That is really beautiful! I am all over this one with my kids today! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  8. Tulip says:

    Great idea! I save x-mas cards too, so I have tons of them. Stopping by from Tues Tots. Thanks for sharing!

  9. stephanie says:

    This is a fantastic idea! I am going to save my cards this year for a garland next year!

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  11. Katey says:

    Gorgeous, what a great idea for recycling Christmas cards. We have a stack so might try this one. Thanks for sharing!

  12. That’s really sweet Janice. I’ve been thinking about what kind of christmas garland to make this year. Unfortunately we don’t really get too many christmas cards. I guess the kids aren’t really old enough yet to get them from school friends. It sure is a nice idea for reusing them though.

  13. Wow they look beautiful, will be copying and decorating the outside area with these :)

  14. Kelly says:

    Oh I love how pretty and simple this is! So festive :-)

  15. Julie says:

    Hi. So glad to have found you through the Kids Co-Op!
    You have some fantastic ideas and I would like to invite you to my weekly Mom’s Library Link-Up, Wed-Fri!
    Hope you will come on over!
    http://heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com/2012/11/moms-library-link-up-7-for-me.html

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  19. This is so colourful and beautiful Janice. Such a great way to reuse old cards.

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    Good write-up. I certainly appreciate this website.

    Stick with it!

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