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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