Upcycle those old Christmas Cards into cute Christmas Tree ornaments. Simple and fun for kids to make and give as gifts to friends and family.
Seems like it’s Christmas in Texas again. The radio stations are playing Bing, the stores have been selling Christmas decorations since October, and the temperature has dropped to a chilly 60F (18C). I mean seriously, I grew up in Ohio where winters got real, y’all. It’s 30F (-1C) in Cincinnati at this very moment. After 7 years of living in Florida, Egypt, and Texas, I am such a lightweight now. 60F will have me shivering once the sun goes down. To stay warm we must craft, right? Every year, I have a list of Pinterest inspired projects I hope to do. But I have two littles and an endless supply of dirty laundry. So, I really only get to work on 2 or 3 things before it’s time to pack Christmas away again.
I started this project with 2 key ingredients: a bunch of old Christmas cards and a toddler that wanted to help decorate for Christmas. Generally, my 3 year old is all about cutting, gluing, and random scribbling. So, I had to keep it simple for him. I have these really cute and classic Brown Paper Tag with Jute Twine. They are perfect for dressing up this simple craft, a bit. I went through a stack of old cards to find small sections that would work on the tags. I decided to cut them up myself. The 3 year old was much more interested in randomly cutting strips. He had zero focus for cutting out little pictures. If I do need confetti one day, he will be the man for the job. The older your kid is, the better they’ll be at taking on this whole project.
Once I had a pile of cute Christmas scraps, the 3 year old was ready to take over. I let him pick the scraps he liked best and glue them on to the tags. He is a wizard with some Elmer’s glue! We probably made about 2 dozen of these for the tree and another project I’m hoping to do soon. This project was simple, helped me save some pretty bits from the old cards, and now my kid can always look at the tree and see what he made. If you don’t have old Christmas cards, you can use something like these Christmas Ephemera Pack to decorate the tags.
Feeling inspired? Want to make your own Christmas Card ornaments? Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need from Amazon. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!