Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Christmas Card Garland

It occurred to me to take a picture of this unexpectedly pretty and tidy corner the other day. I liked the simplicity of it.

The rocking chair was a gift from my parents, made by hand by my Grade Nine English teacher, who uses only traditional wood-working tools and local trees to create his beautiful work.

The quilt was made by me, and I never tire of its rustic plaids and sweet little pine trees.

The poster I got in Montreal after I saw it in a friend's apartment. It's travelled with me for almost fifteen years now, and suits every room I've hung it in.

The garland? Well, that you can make, if you haven't thrown out all those Christmas cards yet!
I can't even remember where I saw this idea. If you did it on your blog last year, let me know and I'll link to you!

Simply trace around the top of a mason jar to create circles out of the most interesting part of our old Christmas cards . Cut them out and hole-punch them on two sides. Then thread a ribbon through them, linking them all together.

 So simple, right? And thrifty. And quick. And best of all: pretty.
Over the years I hope to have one of these over every window; these cards are from last year, so I'll soon make this year's cards into a new garland.

I can't help but imagine this done with rainbow paper or printed scrapbooking paper...imagine them as birthday streamers! Oh...must try that soon....don't you love how creating spurs on your creativity?


  1. I've thought about doing something similar, but never quite got around to it. You've got me inspired! Our holiday cards are already gone, but wouldn't this look nice created from birthday cards?!


  2. Tee hee...that was probably on my blog you saw that. Don't worry about linking though. I didn't make any garlands this year, but I have a big enough stack of cards I'll be able to next year! It's strangely fun, cutting out all those circles, and it's a decoration that's actually free.

    1. Great idea! I have a stack of very old Christmas cards, and have been waiting to come across the perfect use for them :)

  3. I like this idea.....always hate to recycle my cards and keeping them is just too much clutter....Looks very pretty around your window.

  4. It's a good thing I haven't my recycle bin is only picked up once a month! I can dig out the cards and do this project. What a great idea.

  5. Beautiful rocking chair...I can't for the life of me remember that teacher's name, but I can picture his face.

  6. Everything about your little corner is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  7. It might be a nice idea to also cut out the part on the card that says who sent it to you and attach it to the back of each circle. Yes- double the work but since it's already so easy..it would be a nice record of loved ones and friends through the years, too!
    This is a great idea, Steph!

  8. I love this! A great way to craft all those little Valentine's Day cards...even cut them into heart shapes!! I am already picturing our newest project - thanks for the inspiration :)


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