The tools you need to craft these cameo-like cards come from the kitchen: They're traditional European springerle-cookie molds. We filled them with pulp made from cotton-linter paper instead of dough, then glued the textured medallions onto cards.

Updated December 03, 2018
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The finished pieces make graceful ornaments, as well: Trim the paper, leaving a border just wide enough to punch a hole in, and thread ribbon or wire through for hanging.

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Christmas cards.

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What you need

Materials
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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Measure out enough linter-paper shreds to cover surface of mold. Place in blender with 3 cups water. Blend on low for several seconds, then on high for 45 seconds. Pour blended linter through strainer, reserving water for next batch if desired.

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Step 2

Measure out enough linter-paper shreds to cover surface of mold. Place in blender with 3 cups water. Blend on low for several seconds, then on high for 45 seconds. Pour blended linter through strainer, reserving water for next batch if desired.

Step 3

Let pulp dry in mold until set, about 1 hour. (Note: Drying time will depend on thickness of cast and humidity level.) Carefully remove paper from mold. Transfer to wire rack on a flat surface to dry completely, about 24 hours.

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Step 4

Glue cast paper onto cards and let dry completely. Or trim paper, leaving a border just wide enough to punch a hole in, and thread ribbon or wire through for hanging.

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