Monday, December 10, 2012

Recycled Christmas Card Tree


I made this pretty tree with Christmas cards that I have recieved over the years.
I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out when I began making it,
but I was quite happy with the end result :)


Items Needed:

old Christmas cards
hot glue gun and glue
glitter
2 way glue pen or spray adhesive
cutting board or scissors
tree topper
You will need  to cut 30 squares of each size:
5 inches x 5 inches
4.5 inches x 4.5 inches
4 inches x 4 inches
3.5 inches x 3.5 inches
3 inches x 3 inches
2.5 inches x 2.5 inches
2 inches x inches
And then you need 26 squares that are 1.5 inches x 1.5 inches
and
16 squares that are 1 inch x 1 inch.

You can also use the back side of the Christmas cards
since you won't see the writing.

Start with the largest squares and work your way up to the smallest.
Apply hot glue onto the middle of the back and press down onto another square.
  You will want to slightly rotate your squares as you make this 
so that you get the twisted look.

Apply your tree topper with a dab of hot glue;
I used a simple snowflake.

I did not have spray adhesive,
but I did have a 2 way glue pen
and it worked fine for this next step.

Set your Christmas card tree on some paper
and run the glue pen along the edges;
then pour the glitter onto the tree.
Gently shake of the excess glitter onto the paper
so that you can pour it back into the bottle to use again.
Then let your tree dry.


You now have a beautiful, sparkly Christmas card tree :)




Have a beautiful Christmas season, friends!

40 comments:

  1. Turned out pretty! you are so crafty!

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  2. How do you think of these things, Stephanie? I am amazed at how your brain works. I never in a million years would have thought this would have turned out so lovely, but it's beautiful!

    How many years did it take you to save up this many cards? You've either been saving for a decade, or you have a LOT of friends. :o)

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  3. That is gorgeous! Brilliant idea! I'd love you to come link up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

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  4. So lovely idea!!! Great work! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial!
    Happy week !

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  5. What a great idea for leftover cards, a good place for the memories of loved ones who sent them :)

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  6. Lovely! I think it would take me years to save up that many cards, but it's a great idea! :)

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  7. That is extremely adorable!
    big hugs,
    Cheryl

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  8. LOVE this idea! Looks so pretty too!Thank you for sharing!
    xx
    Anne

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  9. That's a pretty good idea and looks good too.
    Merle....

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  10. So cute!!! Makes me wish I'd hung onto all those Christmas cards I've gotten over the years.

    Have a wonderful week xox

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  11. Beautiful, terrific recycling idea!!

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  12. Awww!!! This is truly clever. What a patient you have, and adorable!! You have a great week!

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  13. I love the picture looking down on the tree! Beautiful!!

    Blessings!

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  14. visitng from sewing barefoot. This is fantastic. Well done.

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  15. Stephanie, you are a crafty lady! ;) The tree is really cute and a wonderful way to use old cards. I have almost every Christmas card I ever received and this is a fabulous idea to put them to good use.
    Just stopping by to let you know that your lace Christmas ornies are being featured at my HOME party tomorrow.

    Christmas blessings,
    Sandi

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  16. Hi There Stephanie- I got your Christmas card today from the card swap. Thank you so much. So nice to meet you. This project is such a great idea. Happy to be a new reader here and look forward to reading more here in the future.

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  17. Wow!!! Please consider sharing your tree with us at the Eco-Kids Tuesday Link-Up! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-elfing-begins-again-eco-kids-tuesday.html

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  18. That must have needed quite a lot of storage space to collect that many cards to get that large a tree! Still do love the finished product! Certainly different!

    Enjoy it as the holiday comes along: not long now!

    Isobel www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com

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  19. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing it on Eco Kids! I added it my Christmas Board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/48554502204346603/

    I'm your newest follower too! This blog is gorgeous.

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  20. Lovely idea, and a good use for the cards.

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  21. Thanks for sharing this at my HOME party, Stephanie. It really is adorable and a wonderful way to use old cards.

    Christmas blessings,
    Sandi

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  22. WOW!! This is amazing!!
    Thanks so much for your visit and kind words. I have signed up to follow you too!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  23. Hi, Stephanie

    I love this idea and it looks so lovely!

    Vanessa

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  24. Beautiful Christmas tree idea! I have been on the lookout for cute ways to use old cards, so I am pinning this one--love it!

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  25. Now that is very interesting. ;)

    I remember my mom would have an extra large Styrofoam wreath to display Christmas cards.

    Have a blessed day!

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  26. This is a really interesting way to use old Christmas cards. I've saved them for close to 20 years, not knowing what I'd actually do with them! This has certainly got me thinking!

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  27. Love it! So crafty! Found you through the bloggers for Christmas link up!

    hugs, april

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  28. What an awesome idea! I too have saved my Christmas cards over the years. I've used some special ones in my scrapbooks, but this is a great idea for the rest. Just lovely!

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  29. That is so pretty! I would love to do that! Now only if I could get more cards coming in this year has been kind of bleak :)

    Stopping by from Pin Me :)

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  30. That is the neatest idea. You did such a great job on the shape. So nice to see so much interest in recycling.
    Christmas Blessings,
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

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  31. Wow, what a stunning tree. And a great way to give cards a second life!

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  32. This is just too gorgeous for words! Love it. I will be featuring your post in my upcoming Home and Garden Thursday party. I do appreciate you sharing. I have moved my blog. You can find me at http://adelightsomelife.com
    Kathy

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  33. This is such a lovely way to reuse cards. Also your photos are beautiful!
    I've featured this over at Think Tank Thursday. Thanks for linking it up!

    http://www.saving4six.com/2012/12/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-10.html

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  34. This tree is so pretty. What a great way to re use cards. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    This weeks party is live. Here is the link to the party
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/12/5-fun-posts-and-wednesdays-adorned-from.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee’s

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  35. You've just out-done yourself, girlfriend...this is gorgeous!

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