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Topic: Recycle Old Christmas Cards into Crochet Embellished Ornaments  (Read 8565 times)
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« on: March 14, 2008 05:40:41 AM »

My mom used to make these when I was a kid so the pattern and idea were from her. 

You take all of your old Christmas cards and cut a circle out of the pretty part (I used a drinking glass for the circle so I could "see through" to get just the picture I wanted). You'll need two circles of the same size to make an ornament. 

I used a little bit of glue stick to hold them together while I hole punched all the way around. Make sure you have them both oriented the same way -- you know, head up and feet down...

Then using that thin cotton thread, Starting at the top of the ornament,  I double crocheted three times in each hole for the first round...thn chained like 6 times for each loop on the second round grabbing the space between the 3 dc clusters with a single crochet -- At the end I chained like 20 or 30 times and joined back to the top with a slip stitch to create the loop you hang the ornament by. 

After all of the crochet is finished, you mix a little white elmer's glue with water and just dab on a little with your fingers on the crocheted area to stiffen it up a little bit -- shape and let dry. 

This ornament will be two sided so you won't have a "back".  I made these for everyone on my "good" list last year...Email me if you have any questions...you could really get elaborate with the lacy design around the edges, but I had to make a LOT of these so I just did the two rounds. 

Another note, when my mom made them years ago, she changed colors on each round (white, green, red) but I chose all white for mine.

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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2008 06:06:01 AM »

That's such a good idea!  I hate throwing cards away, especially knowing that each one cost at least 2-3 dollars, and if I'm throwing away a stack of twenty cards...yikes.  All that money and nothing to show for it!  You mom was a real craftster, I may have to try this next Christmas season!
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2008 06:29:48 AM »

Wow what an awesome idea-and such beautiful results!
I have to do this with all those cards floating around that are too pretty to throw in the recycle bin.
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2008 06:41:44 AM »

Those look beautiful and elegant - what a great idea!!!
I'm definitely bookmarking this page!
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2008 06:42:11 AM »

What a great idea! I'm def. going to try this, thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2008 01:51:33 PM »

Very Nice Job. 

I have been making them for year....the trick is to pencil in who sent you what so you don't send card back to the person who sent you.  Did that make since.

I have done them in different shapes.  I like the gold and silver thread...with the Christmas lights..glitter.

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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2008 12:50:15 PM »

wow! I have been looking for something to do with all my Christmas cards that wasn't to complicated! I never throw my Christmas cards away, I usually tear off the back and save the front. I am going to try this!
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2008 10:08:20 PM »

I tried making a tutorial on this card ....

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=258381.msg2889310#msg2889310

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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2008 04:14:37 PM »

That is such a good idea!
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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2008 04:40:20 PM »

I would think that it might be nice to pencil in who sent you which card so that you DO send it back to the one that sent it to you.  If I sent a card to someone and they turned it into a beautiful ornament and sent it back to me as a gift - I would be very touched!
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