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What to Do With All Those Christmas Cards

on December 15, 2014

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As you start to receive holiday cards from friends and family, you can start thinking about what to do with those cards next year. Don’t toss them; reuse them to make a garland!

This is very easy to make and took about an hour from start to finish.

Here’s how:

1. Gather all your old cards and sort through them to find cards with festive patterns and scenes. I chose not to use photo cards, but you could use them too.

2. Use stencils of Christmas shapes, such as a tree, gingerbread man and woman, stocking, snowman, candy cane, bell and star. I used cookie cutters for my shapes.

3. Trace your stencils onto the cards. Make sure to include insides and backs of cards, as those usually have nice patterns to balance out your designs.

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4. After you trace, cut out your shapes. This was the most time consuming step for me. But just put on some Christmas music and the time will fly by!

5. Next, string a ribbon where you plan to display your garland.

6. Attach ornament hooks to your shapes.

7. Hang the shapes from the ribbon variating the shapes as you go.

8. (Optional) I added an advent bible verse series to the back of each shape. To do this, I suggest printing out the verses and cutting and taping them to the back because some shapes may have a design on the back already and you wouldn’t be able to see the verse if written.

If you are starting on this later in the season, or if you don’t have that many cutouts, you can also do a variation for the 12 days of Christmas instead of the 24 days of advent.

Either way, it becomes a lovely DIY home decoration that also creates a new way to admire the beautiful cards from your family and friends!

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