Thursday, 29 December 2011

Upycling Christmas Cards

by Amanda of Amanda Brooke

I receive Christmas cards, as do my children from their friends, despite the fact that we rarely send cards ourselves. There are many ways to recycle your received cards and I started up-cycling mine yesterday into decorations for the tree next year.


Start by cutting 8 circles from your card fronts. They can be any size (larger circles are easier to handle for small children).


Trace a triangle shape with equal sides, that fits neatly (with the points against the edges of your circle shape) and cut out.


Trace around the triangle onto the back of each circle and fold the drawn edges towards the printed side of the circles.


Start matching the folded edges together (see image above) and join with glue or use double sided tape. Join two sets of four circles together and then join the two halves.


Leave a small opening at one end to thread a knotted piece of string through so the paper ball can be hung.


Easy, whimsical and a great way to up-cycle your cards! This is also a simple enough project for kids get involved in these school holidays.

Hope readers here had a lovely Christmas and I will back writing on my blog later this week.

Amanda