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Christmas Card Garland

Here's a post from CasaSugar Community member courtneyd from the Lovely Little Vignettes group:

Since this is the first year in my new house, I wanted to put up an additional tree in the family room. However, the budget is a little tight, and since most of the money went toward purchasing the tree, I needed to get creative with the decorations. After using a scarf for a topper, a tablecloth for a skirt, I picked up some candy canes and a cheap box of Christmas balls. That wasn't quite enough decoration, so I decided to make a garland out of old Christmas cards.

I bought a 1 1/2" hole punch at Michael's, along with a ball of needle point yarn. I took old Christmas cards I had saved over the years, and cut out interesting images and signatures of loved ones. Once I had all of the circles cut, I began gluing them together, putting the string in between the two circles every two inches or so. I kept each garland to about 12 feet, so I didn't have too much to work with when circling the tree. Now, instead of wistfully looking at the cards when I pull out the Christmas ornaments, then sticking them back in the box, I can enjoy looking at them all season long! So every time I see that deer above, I'll think of my great-grandmother, because I know that was the last card she gave me. And my mom's wishes of a Merry Christmas are so tiny, they actually fit in a 1 1/2" circle. Good memories, a cute garland, and it didn't even cost $15 (and most of that was for the hole punch).

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LittleLeo LittleLeo 6 years
That looks so lovely, perfect, homey and charming!!
luna08 luna08 6 years
I cut circle's out of the cards & and glue three together at the backs with a crease in the middle of each...it makes a "ball" to hang.
nancita nancita 6 years
WOW! I love your tall trunked tree and your clever garland.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 6 years
Wow, this really made this tree look so whimsical and festive! I want to try this some year!
courtneyd courtneyd 6 years
Thanks Cocoangel! The bear was a gift from my grandmother, and he seemed to match this tree pretty well.EPrizant, I got the tree at http://factorydirectcraft.com, but I don't see them on their site anymore. I guess they have sold out for the season. Amazon also has them (search for alpine tree), but they seem to have them for sale in sets of 3, and the single ones are way more than what I paid for this one.
courtneyd courtneyd 6 years
Thanks Cocoangel! The bear was a gift from my grandmother, and he seemed to match this tree pretty well. EPrizant, I got the tree at http://factorydirectcraft.com, but I don't see them on their site anymore. I guess they have sold out for the season. Amazon also has them (search for alpine tree), but they seem to have them for sale in sets of 3, and the single ones are way more than what I paid for this one.
Cocoangel Cocoangel 6 years
You are such an inspiration! The circle with "Love, Mom" made me smile. I always have a bunch of cards I keep too and will eventually toss them but I love this idea. Your teddy bear is adorable too.
EPrizant EPrizant 6 years
Well done! I have to say, what I love most is the long long trunk on your tree. It's stunning. Where did you find that?
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