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 :)
You will need:
old Christmas cards
hot 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 :)


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39 comments:

Sylvia said...

Turned out pretty! you are so crafty!

Sarah Kate {Dixie Creek Farm} said...

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)

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

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

Ana Lopes said...

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

Claire Davis said...

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

Lauren Davenport said...

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

Cheryl said...

That is extremely adorable!
big hugs,
Cheryl

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Great idea!! Very clever :)

Anne said...

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

Merlesworld said...

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

Anne said...

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

Have a wonderful week xox

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful, terrific recycling idea!!

Sara Blevins said...

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

Debbie said...

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

Blessings!

Schulz Family said...

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

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

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

No(dot dot)el said...

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.

Hannah White said...

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

Isobel Morrell said...

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

Becki Lewis said...

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.

Millie said...

Lovely idea, and a good use for the cards.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

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

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

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

Hugs,
Deb

Vanessa said...

Hi, Stephanie

I love this idea and it looks so lovely!

Vanessa

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

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!

Mrs. A. said...

Now that is very interesting. ;)

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

Have a blessed day!

Sparkling said...

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!

April said...

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

hugs, april

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

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!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

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 :)

Audrey said...

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

4 You With Love said...

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

Shabby soul said...

Absolutely lovely!
Silvia

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

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

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Thanks for linking up!

Carrie said...

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

Kate M said...

This is Awesome!!
xx

Debi @ Adorned From Above said...

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

Vee said...

And that is darling, too!

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