What kinds of crafts do you make with holiday cards?

@writersedge (22577)
United States
December 16, 2007 3:07pm CST
Many people have Hanukah, Christmas, and other holiday cards sent to them. They use them for crafts. What kind of crafts do you make with them? I've seen them cut into octogons and made into paper and yarn bowls. I can decoupage with some of them. I have changed the cards into post cards and sent them that way. What ways do you use your holiday cards?
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@peavey (16906)
• United States
16 Dec 07
You can make tiny boxes of them. They look like miniature Christmas gifts when finished. Sometimes I use them for name tags the next year. If you look at them carefully, you'll areas that will make good tags.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
16 Dec 07
How do you make the boxes? The only ones I've made are origami and they look not so great. Take care
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@peavey (16906)
• United States
17 Dec 07
I couldn't explain it here, but I found a video that shows how. Trim the card to make a square, then cut the front from the back. Trim the back so that it's slightly smaller than the front and make the front with the picture, the top. (The video calls it a "cap")
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@peavey (16906)
• United States
17 Dec 07
D'oh! I forgot the link! :) http://www.metacafe.com/watch/871016/awesome_paper_box/
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@tiffiny (872)
• United States
16 Dec 07
I usually use them for the background on scrap book pages. Thanks for the idea of sending them back on post cards. How would you make them into bowls? I have never heard of that.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
16 Dec 07
There is a pattern on the internet, I'll see if I can find it for you. You cut them into octogons. You use a small hole punch a decent distance a way from the edge (very important or they tear). You paste them back to back. You thread the yarn threw the holes of the one you did and the next one. There is an octogon bottom and a bunch of octogons go all around the bottom. The bowl is more like a basket. It is a really cool place to put next year's x-mas cards. It also makes a cool center piece to put Christmas decorations on at the supper table. You would probably need to coat it with something to keep ift from getting ruined if something spilled on it. Lately, doing the same thing with scraps of material is selling at craft fairs. Let me know if you need me to find a link to help you do this better. Take care
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• United States
27 Dec 07
I like to make iris folding cards with them
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
28 Dec 07
How does a person make folding iris cards? Sounds interesting.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
17 Dec 07
The cards that are special to me from my family members. I have those in a box. My goal is to cut them out and put them in a binder with notes similar to what you would do with scrapbooking. The ones I receive from coworker etc that has no real value I make gift tags.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
22 Dec 07
Scrapbooking and gift cards are wonderful ideas. Especially the gift cards since they're new. Take care
@alamode (3073)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Geodesic ornament - A great use for old Christmas cards!
I've made these for years! Cut circles from your cards, then.... The ball ornament regardless of size, is made from 20 circles each of which is then folded to form an equilateral triangle. The two side flaps of five triangles are glued to each other to form the top of the ball. Five more are glued together to form the bottom. The remaining ten triangles are glued together to form a straight line. The bottom flaps of the triangles forming the top are glued to one edge of the straight line of triangles and the top flaps of the triangles forming the bottom are glued to the bottom edge of the straight line. The flaps are all glued so they are on the outside of the ornament. Sounds complicated. It isn’t.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Great picture, I've seen those when they're finished, absolutely beautiful!