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Project

Recycled Ornaments

Introduction

Holiday cards make perfect ornaments: dazzling and delicate yet impossible to break. In a few steps, turn cards into darling globes or circles that lock together, ready to twirl. Or, frame a snowy scene in a frosting of sparkles. Hang your new ornaments with card garlands for an enchanting tree.

Materials

  • Hole punch
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Cards

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Make garland by using disks popped out of cards with a circle punch (you can also trace a round object and cut out). They're attached to heavy thread with stickers; to make sure they're secure, rub with a craft stick.

  2. Step 2

    These airy ornaments are a breeze to make. Cut a card into narrow strips; you'll need about eight to 20 pieces, depending on how much space you want between them. Stack strips and punch holes through both ends with a hole punch (if the stack is too thick, do a few strips at a time); insert a paper fastener into each hole. Bend the stack into a C shape (the card's design should be facing out), and wiggle the strips apart so they fan out to form a globe. To hang, take decorative thread and, starting at the middle of the strand, wind it around the paper fastener several times, then knot ends. When the holidays are over, push strips back into a stack to store without crushing (removing one fastener makes it easier).

  3. Step 3

    Two circles fit snugly together to form one ornament. To make, cut two disks identical in size from a card; you can use a circle punch, or trace a round object and cut with scissors. Cut a slit halfway across each disk. In one circle, punch a hole near the edge opposite the cut with a hole punch. Hold the disks so that the slits face each other. Slide the slit of one disk all the way into the other (you should feel the disks "lock"). Thread string through the hole, and tie a knot.

  4. Step 4

    Cut out a circle from a card and punch a hole for string; add glue around the edge and sprinkle with glitter.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December Holiday 2003

Reviews (7)

  • sapphirestone 3 Dec, 2011

    I'm going to try the globe one, but I wouldn't do it with a soda can, I can imagine that the strips of metal would be extremely sharp, especially with children and a busy household.

  • JenWidrig 18 Dec, 2010

    I'm wondering if the globe ornament can be made out of a soda can-- strips of thin metal instead of paper would last longer in our house. And then it would be shiny!

  • Naturalbrownsugar1 12 Dec, 2010

    So looking forward to trying this new quick ,and easy crafty ornament with the little ones.

  • christinebeeman 14 Dec, 2008

    The globe is fabulous! It's such a quick and easy project and they look so great on a Christmas tree! I just keep waiting for the mail man hoping someone has sent a card each day!

  • christinebeeman 14 Dec, 2008

    The globe is fabulous! It's such a quick and easy project and they look so great on a Christmas tree! I just keep waiting for the mail man hoping someone has sent a card each day!

  • camille1955 3 Dec, 2008

    Love the globe and the garland projects. I think they would be great party decorations throughout the year using different cards or scrap paper.

  • tishatsw 15 Oct, 2008

    I love this idea, I have saved all my CHRISTmas cards from the past several years and this is a great way to use them year after year and an awesome holiday activity for the kids to help out with as well.