upcycling the holidays

yesterday i posted a picture of my recycled garland i made last year. it came about because i never knew what to do with all of our christmas cards we receive and i hated throwing them out (well, into the recycle bin, but still). i don't think this is my original idea, but i can't recall where the idea came from (if anyone knows, let me know).

after the holidays, i gather all of our cards we received from our family and friends, some thread (ribbon would be nice), a package of zots, and a 1.5 inch and a 2 inch cirlce punch.
first i take the circle punches to the cards. then i stick a zot onto one of the cut-outs and place the thread onto the zot and sandwich it in there with another cut-out, so that there is an image on both sides. that's it. it's that simple. and i think it's really pretty cute.

i think with this years cards i will add an even larger punch to the mix and then punch small holes in the cut outs and string with ribbon.

*since i used such thin thread, storing this was a concern. i just took a piece of cardboard and carefully wrapped the garland around it. *

do you have any creative ideas for repurposing the holiday cards you receive? i'd love to hear them!


  1. how very clever. Thank you... I certainly plan to do this and pass it on to some friends...

  2. What a clever idea - I'll be definately making this one! It's great!

  3. thanks! it's such an easy project. let me know if you guys do any variations of it. i'd love to see them!

  4. love!!! and i have lots of zots :^)

  5. wow this is beautiful!!!! i will so do this next year! and i like your idea for larger with ribbon how pretty that will be. thanks for the idea.

  6. i inherited a huge box of christmas card fronts from my in-law's church and have been crafting with them for about three or four years now. love this idea. maybe next week i'll get around to posting my favorite project from years past.

  7. molly - please share. i love all your ideas. (lucky you inheriting all those cards.)


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