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Turning Christmas Cards into Ornaments

By J. E. Davidson 

This craft is a great way to recycle those beautiful Christmas cards you received last year and tucked away. If you donít have any old cards, go to the dollar store and buy some inexpensive cards in assorted designs. Youíll also need scissors, white glue, glitter, scotch tape and narrow Christmas ribbon.

Cut the designs from the front of the card. Cards with large pictures of snowmen, Santa, Christmas wreaths, candles, or other holiday objects are easier for little hands to cut around. Cut around the outline of the object and remove it from the card. If the card has small objects in it, like a winter scene, cut the picture into a circle, oval or diamond shape, whichever suits the picture best. It might help if you make cardboard templates to help the kids keep the shape symmetrical. Frame the picture with the template and draw around the inside of the shape for a cutting mark. They could also just cut them in a free-form shape around the picture.

Put a line of white glue around the outside edge of the card. Shake the glitter on the glue and let it dry. You can add sparkly accents to other parts of the picture if the design calls for it. Lay the ornament to dry, and once it is dry, cut a piece of ribbon about 6" long. Double it over and tape the ends of the ribbon to the back of the card.

Another way to attach the loop would be to use a hole punch to make a hole at the top of the ornament. Tie the ends of your piece of ribbon together. Push the folded end of the ribbon through the hole in the ornament, making a loop, then pass the knot back through the loop and pull it snug.

To add an extra touch, make a small bow out of the ribbon and glue it to the top front edge of the ornament.

If you lay the ornament in a disposable pie tin or paper plate before shaking on the glitter, you can fold a crease on one edge and pour the unused glitter back in its container when you are done. This also makes the project a little less messy, but you are going to end up with glitter everywhere, regardless! Donít fuss about it, let the kids have fun and get the vacuum out later.

Let the kids hang the ornaments on the Christmas tree and be sure to ooh and aah over how beautiful they are. If you want, write the kidsí names and the year on the back of the card. The ornaments also make great hang tags for Christmas gifts!

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