How to Make Decorations With Old Christmas Card Pictures

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How to Make Decorations With Old Christmas Card Pictures
Recycle the cards into winter decorations. (Christmas cards image by david hughes from

For those who celebrate it, the Christmas season may start with the sending of Christmas cards to friends, family members and business contacts. Many Christmas cards contain pictures of Santa and holiday scenes; however there are some that are more generic. They may contain scenic pictures of snow covered trees, a winter cottage, horse-drawn sleigh, snowmen or children skating. These scenes allow you to recycle the cards and make a winter-themed decorations quite easily.

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Things you need

  • Christmas cards
  • Scissors
  • 8-½- by-11-inch paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Glitter pen
  • Photographs
  • 8-½- by-11-inch clear contact paper
  • 2 inch styrofoam ball
  • Paper clip
  • Round bowl
  • Ribbon
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Soup can
  • Tissue paper
  • Pinking shears
  • Hole Punch

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  1. 1

    Make a placemat for the table. Cut out the scenic pictures from the card. Glue the picture onto a sheet of 8-½- by-11-inch paper. Embellish the picture with glitter pen writing or photographs of your family enjoying winter sports. Apply clear contact paper to both sides. Use them for meals.

  2. 2

    Create an ornament. Stick a paper clip into the styrofoam ball and paint it to match your decor. Cut out small sections from the scenes of the card, such as a snowman, the cottage, several stars or children sleighing. Arrange them into your own scene on the ball. Apply hot glue to the back of the section before attaching it to the ball. Stick the balls into a round bowl as a centrepiece or slip ribbon through the paper clip to hang.

  3. 3

    Build a picture frame. Glue three Popsicle sticks together to form a triangle frame. Arrange cut sections from the card on the sticks and glue them to cover the sticks. Place a photograph behind the frame. Adjust the photograph to fit the triangular space of the frame. Glue the photograph to the back of the frame. Add a ribbon to the top to hang on your wall.

  4. 4

    Découpage a can into a pencil holder. Use a clean, small, round soup can. Peel the wrapping off the can and cover it with coloured tissue paper that matches your room. Cut out multiple scenes from the Christmas cards. Mix and match the scenes as you overlap them and glue them to the can. Place pens and pencils in the can.

  5. 5

    Make gift tags. Use zigzag pinking shears and cut out scenes with a blank space on the back. Punch a hole on the top left corner and thread a ribbon through the hole. Place the tags into a box. Store them for use as gift tags for presents given during the winter season.

Tips and warnings

  • Use Christmas scenes if you prefer to make holiday decorations.
  • Create different types of frames with the Popsicle sticks, such as a square or octagon.

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