Chipper Crafts: Recycle Old Christmas Cards for Tree Ornaments

November 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm 10 comments

Now that Turkey day has passed, it’s time to start preparing for Chipper’s favorite Holiday: Christmas! Why is it Chipper’s most loved holiday, you might ask? Because it’s a time of giving and receiving; a time of family; a time of carols, bright lights and cheer!

Recycle Christmas Craft Tree Ornament

This Christmas, think about making your own gifts and ornaments! Not only is it environmentally friendly, it’s a lot of fun to do and a great way to teach kids how to reuse rather than always consuming the new! Also, a special custom gift made by a loved one is something any family member will cherish.

Recycle Christmas Tree Ornament Craft

Recycle Christmas Tree Ornament Crafts

Another way to be environmentally friendly thisHoliday Season is to buy a living Christmas tree! It will smell divine, filter the air and can be planted once Christmas is over! The earth could always use another tree and they aren’t too hard to take care of (no worries to those non-green thumbs out there!). Plus, best of all, they aren’t as expensive as giant cut trees! Yes, they tend to be smaller, but with all the added benefits, take it into consideration this year.

what you need to make Recycle Christmas Craft Tree Ornament

what you need

To make ornaments, first gather any old Christmas or Holiday cards you have saved (usually located in a old shoe box under the bed somewhere). Then find some extra string, ribbon, thread or pipe cleaners to hang them. Any extra pieces of wrapping paper can be used as well!

Christmas Cards

Old Christmas Cards

Besides the cards and string, all you need is a pair of scissors and a little bit of tape. Then it’s time to get creative! Cut out stars or circles or use some Holiday cookie cutter shapes as a guide. You can draw your own shapes on the back as a cutting guide or just go free hand! Use as much of the cards as you can by using the back to cut out ornament shapes. You can even tape pieces together (see double star ornament below) or add things around the house like buttons, sparkles, and pompoms.

Poke a hole using your scissors

Cut off front of card

cut out a shape around decoration

tie the string!

then hang! Voila, ornament!

Use the back of the card to make small decorations!

make as many shapes as you can fit!

Then cut out!

Recycle Christmas Craft Tree Ornament

DOuble Star Recycle Christmas Craft Tree Ornament
Double Star Tree Ornament

Lastly, poke a small whole in your ornament once it’s cut out. Then put a string or ribbon through the hole and tie (you make have to use a pen or the pointy end of your scissors to get through the hole depending on how thick you string is). Now you can hang your ornaments and have a beautifully decorated tree this Christmas!

Make a candy cane by taping some wrapping paper onto pieces of cards you didn’t use, then cut it out. You won’t need a string for these–just hang using the curve!Recycle Christmas craft

Tape or glue back of card to wrapping paper Recycle Christmas craft

Tape or glue back of card to wrapping paper

Candy Cane made from old wrapping paper

Candy Cane made from old wrapping paper!

Keep in mind, this is only ONE way  to make home-made ornaments! Please follow our blog for more ideas in the following weeks or follow us on Pinterest for all kinds of Holiday ideas! Let’s Go Chipper this Christmas!

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  • […] for each other this year or have a set amount to spend (lowers money/buying stress!). Try making Recycle Christmas Ornaments together for your tree. Or just play a favorite board game. Time spent with loved ones is more […]

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  • 2. 10 Easy and Creative Last Minute Christmas Tree Decorations  |  December 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    […] with wire or string) or simply keep the initial holiday characters and shapes (Frosty, Santa) that were on the cards in the first place. These ornaments are quick and simple to build, plus they give you a great way to recycle old […]

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    • 3. Lisa  |  February 26, 2013 at 6:53 am

      Prairie Creations Ornaments Horse Shows, Crafts Shows and Just The granddaughter was out the other eeinvng working with the horse and helping me get things together. While I was working on a few quilted ornaments and trying to decide what ones would be good to take, she asked me if

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    • 4. Maria  |  February 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thank you Lisa. I can’t wait to share the magic. It also reminds me of your ecteannhd and beautiful decorated house at Christmas time! Looking forward to see your house this year!

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  • 5. 10 Creative Last Minute Christmas Decorations  |  December 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    […] with wire or string) or simply keep the initial holiday characters and shapes (Frosty, Santa) that were on the cards in the first place. These ornaments are quick and simple to build, plus they give you a great way to recycle old […]

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  • […] with wire or string) or simply keep the initial holiday characters and shapes (Frosty, Santa) that were on the cards in the first place. These ornaments are quick and simple to build, plus they give you a great way to recycle old […]

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  • […] with wire or string) or simply keep the initial holiday characters and shapes (Frosty, Santa) that were on the cards in the first place. These ornaments are quick and simple to build, plus they give you a great way to recycle old […]

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  • […] with wire or string) or simply keep the initial holiday characters and shapes (Frosty, Santa) that were on the cards in the first place. These ornaments are quick and simple to build, plus they give you a great way to recycle old […]

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  • […] taking care of our planet with these cute and eco-friendly Christmas Crafts! Learn how to make your Home Made Christmas Tree Ornaments from Recycled Cards […]

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  • […] cards don’t have to be thrown away. Try cutting them up and making new cards, ornaments or gift tags out of them. You’ll be extra organized for next Christmas and save a few […]

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