Thanks to Lesley from Decorque Cards for sharing this post!
With each and every year, you vow to be more organized ahead of the festive period. But it rarely works out like that and instead you are forced to make a mad dash to the supermarket for last-minute supplies. We’re not going to allow that to happen to you this year, thanks to these handy at-home crafts.
That’s right; we’re helping you get on top of your never-ending festive ‘to do’ list while utilizing last year’s Christmas cards. Read on…
Make Your Own Glitter Globe – Remember the quirky snow globes of yesteryear? Now you can make your own, adding a handcrafted snow scene or photograph to ensure a really personal touch. The plastic globes themselves can be picked up cheaply from a local craft store or from Amazon, enabling you to make use of everything from nostalgic festive photos to pretty cards. If you hung on to that gorgeous card from your mother-in-law/sister/cousin (delete as appropriate), now’s the time to give it pride of place in your living room – and we’re not talking on your mantelpiece. Instead, make a feature of those old cards by popping them in one of these quirky globes. While they make lovely ornaments in the run up to and during Christmas, they also make thoughtful gifts.
Turn Them Into Bunting – Recycling is now more ‘in vogue’ than ever, meaning there’s every reason to save yourself some money and get creative. What we love about homemade bunting is it’s so easy to make – you don’t even need a sewing machine. Simply cut old cards into consistent shapes, giving the top of each one a quick holepunch, before threading through some fancy string and draping in a safe and available space. You could even jazz up old homemade cards further by adding a touch of glitter or a festive button or two.
Make a Wreath – Take a look online and you’ll find a host of handy tutorials for all manner of card-based crafts. One of our favourites is a festive wreath, featuring the usual artificial foliage and flowers but with the addition of cards. Just cut your cards to a suitable size and attach them with miniature green or red pegs to various areas of the wreath. Then simply hang onto your door to offer house guests and visitors a warm welcome.
Transform Them Into Place Settings – Often, it can be difficult to locate place settings in shades to match your décor. We say don’t let that deter you from creating a Christmas table to be proud of on December 25. This is a great activity to begin as early as possible ahead of the big day and it’s so easy you can even rope in your kids so grab your craft supplies, a mug of something warm and a plate of tasty biscuits and hole yourself in for an afternoon of making lovely crafts.
We hope by now you have more than enough ideas to see you though the Christmas period and beyond. After all, many crafts like this aren’t reserved for Christmas only. Why not get into the habit of making your own trinkets for the home from old bits and bobs that will otherwise go unused? Don’t forget to let us know how you get on!
About the Author:
Lesley is a card designer who designs and makes a wonderful selection of unique handmade cards and gift tags. With over 30 years experience in the industry she wanted to share some of her ideas and inspiration. Visit her at DecorqueCards.com.