You can find an overwhelming selection of ready-made cards during the holidays, but a homemade greeting passes along your best wishes to family or friends and is sure to be something they'll treasure long after the season has passed. This project uses red and white rickrack -- easy to find at notions and department stores -- to create a candy-cane-patterned card.
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Cut a 9-inch piece of red rickrack and a 9-inch piece of white. Put the two pieces together, and glue the tips of one end. Clamp it with a clothespin, and intertwine them so they appear striped. Glue the ends together, and clamp with a clothespin. To prevent fraying, you can add Fray Check to the ends.
On a piece of card stock, create a pencil drawing the same size as the rickrack candy cane. Place a small bead of glue on the line drawing and, starting at the hooked end, lay the rickrack down onto the card. Hold the rickrack down, or weight it down with a book, about 5 minutes.
Cut out another piece of card stock in a contrasting color that is 1/8 inch larger all around than the first piece. Glue the first card on top of the second, larger one. Write a greeting on the card.
You can also create alternate designs. For a wreath, glue the twisted rickrack into a circle with the ends meeting at the top, and glue a small bow at the point where the ends meet. To fashion a Christmas-tree design, cut a small segment of rickrack for the top tier of the tree pattern and glue into place; continue cutting lengths of rickrack for the lower tiers, making each one longer than the last to form a pyramid shape. For a snowflake card, cut small segments of rickrack and glue them into a radiating, symmetrical pattern of your choice. To create a poinsettia design, cut 4 segments of rickrack and glue them down in the shape of a poinsettia.