Monday, December 29, 2008


Holiday cards, revisited...
Remember how I posted last year about card garlands? This year, we've found a new craft that the girls are just crazy for. I know it's a bit late for the tree... but I'm running late, again.
We sliced the front of our cards into 1/2" strips with our scrap book cropper (don't have one? Oh, they are so much fun!! And easy to use- the girls can use it without Mom having to worry about trimmed digits. Mine is a Fiskars and I love it!) Anyway... You slice the 1/2"strips and then you punch holes at each end of the strips- put a fastener through the holes and then you spread out the strips- for some reason it just naturally makes a ball. The bigger the card the bigger the ball. You have to use the strips from the same card for each ball- no interchanging as different length strips mess up the balls. Reminds me of old fashioned paper chains. So recycle those sparkly cards! The ones with glitter are way cool. They look great on the tree and make wonderful little extra bow accessories for gifts. When you want to pack them away to save for next year, you just slide them back together flat.

16 comments:

teelduo said...

Isn't that just clever!

Julie said...

How cute is that? I think I know some grandkids that would have fun making those when they come to visit this grammie. Thanks for the cute idea.

Isobel said...

Now aren't yu just too clever. When my kids were small we used to make lots of ornaments for the tree...what nice memories.

Connie W said...

Now that's a clever idea for recycling cards into something fun.

Sarah N. said...

very cute idea. Since I never did get a tree up this year, I made one of those magazine trees - where you fold each page a couple of times and it end up looking like a tree. That's the only tree we had! Saving time on the holiday clean up! Have another little goodie package to mail to you tomorrow - I got to stop at the fabric store in Franklin Tennessee on the way home. A couple of pieces were calling your name! Miss you and love you!

Julia said...

Well, how cute is that! Very clever! Thanks for sharing!

McIrish Annie said...

awesome idea! I am always looking for ways to reuse my cards. It's like saving the earth one Christmas card at a time@! THanks for the great tip

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh very cool!

Darcie said...

That IS way cool!!! I'm not surpised at your cleverness!

You're not running late...and I do declare that I am not either. We're just spreading the Christmas spirit throughout the whole year!

Love you bucketfuls!

YankeeQuilter said...

How fun is that! A great recycling idea...thanks!

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh I love that idea!

Shasta said...

What a great idea. Beautiful.

julieQ said...

Thank you for sharing this idea! I am going to give it a go. I am loving following your feast days!

Regina said...

Just getting caught up on reading - love these!

Rebecca said...

way cool!

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