Once again this year I made a few more paper globe ornaments. I have this thing for paper . . . and instead of scrapbook paper I’m using Christmas cards from Christmas’s past.
What a great way to put these treasures to use and to honour the people who have taken the time to send cards to me over the years. These are just so simple to make (see tutorial at end of post) and they give me so much pleasure. I’m hoping they become cherished heirlooms someday.
You can add sparkle to the edges, a tassel, just anything you can think of. Here I’ve added little red and gold gems just to give it a bit of bling.
Use a punch to cut 20 – 2 inch circles.
Make an equilateral triangle out of brown cardstock that is 1 3/4 inches on all sides. The angles of an equilateral triangle are 60 degrees.
Use it to make three marks on your circle to use as a guide for folding.
Score, and then fold up the three sides of your circle. You can use a bone folder and a ruler to score, but I use my small paper cutter with the blunt folding blade – but use it ever so lightly or you will cut through the paper.
Seraphina´s Phantasie says
So wonderful ! Thank you very much for the “receipt” to be creative and doing it myself. Great capture !
EG Wow says
I think your ornaments are special. I love them. You also do a super neat job!
I’m so glad you dedicated a post to these ornaments. I noticed one of your tree from your post the other day. Totally terrific way to use old Christmas cards. LOvely. By the way, I showed my sister the wreath you made out of the old book pages and she BEAT me to making one! Def on my “to do” list!
Trisha @ clarionwren.com says
I love this idea! The shape is great, the colors are wonderful, and you’ve found a perfect use for Christmas cards.
my sis and i made these when i was young. lots of fun memories!
Oh, I’m so glad you posted the tutorial for this! I’ve been thinking of it since seeing it on your previous post, but realized I just didn’t have the time to experiment to figure out the right size and number of circles.
Ooohh I love this idea! These would look cute piled up in a bowl too, maybe I’ll try this! Really pretty!
Such a fabulous idea to use the old cards, and I love the addition of the rhinestone. Great tutorial, thank you.
A Pretty Life in the Suburbs says
I love these so much! I might try to make them with the kids next week! I have saved Christmas cards from past years (I don’t know why), but they are perfect for this!!
these are delightful, thank you so much for giving us the gift of “how to”…I have so many cards from past years, now I know what to do with them.
Chic Homeschool Mama says
FABULOUS project- I am writing down the directions for my kids to do this over this weekend! Thanks!
I haven’t seen these in years! Love it!
Wonderful to see.. and I to am taking notes to share…
Thank you xx
Custom Comforts says
So pretty Barb and I agree ~ what a wonderful way to remember those who sent cards from years past. Truly unique and so personal.
These are WONDERFUL Barb, and thank you so very much for sharing the how-to!
These are darling! I wonder if I can make a few for atop Christmas Packages!?!? Hmm! Better get to work! I’m so impressed!
Thank you so much for stopping by — I love making new friends, and I am your newest follower.
I sincerely enjoyed looking back through your blog — you are such a talent and so creative. I bookmarked this post because I have wondered what on earth I could do with all the gazillions of Christmas cards from years gone by, both mine and from my mother’s collection. I think these globes are inspired.
I look forward to seeing what else you do.
Ms. Becky says
when I began reading, and you stated that it was simple I thought to myself “oh yeah right”. but your tutorial is easy to follow and I actually think I could do this! you make everything look easy. and I love this idea. I have a friend who saves everything, and I’m passing this idea along to her. thanks for sharing. and your tree is absolutely stunning! happy weekend to you Barb.
Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography says
Wow, Barb, what a great idea. I always hate throwing out the cards. I keep the pictures, though. I’ll have to keep em now.
A wonderful and clever idea. Thank you so much for the tutorial.
I’ll have to try it for next year.
Such fun! Love that you shared the pattern as well!
Nancy @ A Rural Journal says
I remember now making these many years ago with my boys. So much fun, a way to preserve past holiday cards and recycling to boot! So pretty!
Seeing Each Day says
What a wonderful idea- thank you for sharing how to make them. It’s always enjoyable looking at your creations- you have a real skill and your results consistently looked polished and stylish.
oh I love this idea – going to try this with the kiddos this week
elena nuez says
such a great idea, loooove it!
Love it! I have always wanted to make one of these.
These are so beautiful! I’ve never thought to use old Christmas cards. I’d love for you to come by and share this at my linky party, it opens later this evening
Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn says
Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found you via Centsational Girl.
Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.
Be Merry and Bright!
I made these in the 70s and we hung them on our tree so we didn’t have to worry about glass around the kids and dog. Yours are gorgeous. We didn’t have the glue on jewels in those days.
Thanks for the memory.
Hugs! and Merry Christmas!!
These are darling!
CSI girl says
This is so great!!! I would love for you to share this on the CSI Project this week. The theme is ornaments. Come by everyday to see a tutorial. Then link up starting Wednesday at midnight!!!!
Erin of Salvaged Whimsy says
I love these – so many possibilities for ways to personalize! I’m definitely going to give these a try! Thanks for sharing.
Trish and Bonnie @ Uncommon says
What an awesome tutorial! These turned out so adorable! I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas!
These are GENIUS! Love them and the use of old cards is perfect!
Thanks for linking up to my party!
XO, Aimee from ItsOverflowing.com
I loved how you’ve made something so beautiful with so many well wishes. I browsed through on the weekend but knew I had to come back to look through this post more slowly. I might try this one of these days. Love it!
love these! I’d like to invite you over to my Ornament link party and neat giveaway. Hope you can come check it out!
Q @ JAQS says
This is a such a beautiful and great idea! WHat a great way to reuse as well.
Ruby Jean says
OKAY!!! that is just way beyond AMAZING!!!!
Witless Exposition says
Such a great idea! I’m planning on making some of these from baby shower cards we’ve received for our little one and make a mobile out of it.
I always hate throwing away cards, but then they just sit in a drawer forever. Great alternative!
Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer says
These are wonderful! I always hate throwing out the last years Christmas cards. This would be a great keepsake to use your own family holiday cards as well. Great job!
Very pretty! I used to make these years ago when I was little @ church!! I posted a link to this on my blog.
made these in school many years ago I believe my mother still has mine
Amy Hughes says
look at how wonderful these are! Thank you for sharing these on my photo show off! I can’t wait to try them with my son!
What a wonderful idea! I found this through LoveBug’s site! I can’t wait to make these with the cards I got this year, to hang them for next year!
Rizwan Ali says
I love this little tree. What a great card. I have to agree, the colors are so fun and festive.
Amy Hughes says
Hi Barb! Just wanted to let you know that I picked these for the Photo Show Off!! They are just wonderful :) Here’s a link if you’d like to see. Please grab a show off button while you are there! Amy
jeanne stone says
I was browsing around in your blog, and found this great ornament idea. I have so many old cards from precious Christmases past, and this is such a perfect way to honor these memories. I have bookmarked this post and soon will try this out. You have made this look fairly simple, and this is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing Barb.
Every year, I tell myself I’ll make some of these. They are so pretty! Thank you for the reminder. I love your idea to use old Christmas cards!