Holiday Card Star Ornament

I admit that I am one of those people who keeps every Christmas card and letter I receive. I'm not kidding. I have a box that contains every Christmas greeting sent to our home for at least the last ten years, maybe longer.

Whenever I am about ready to throw away the stash I think, "Someday I could use these for a really cool holiday project."

How many projects have I create with the box of cards? Well, none... until now.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog
I finally figured out a fun holiday project to give the old greeting cards new life as Christmas ornaments for our tree. Since this is an upcycling project, I decided to use the Glu6 Craft Paste that was sent to me by Nine Lives Products a few months ago.

Materials


  • 2-6 holiday cards
  • star template
  • 1 piece of cardstock
  • scissors
  • paper trimmer
  • bone folder
  • pencil
  • Glu6 Craft Paste
  • scruffy paint brush
  • 2 paper clips
  • 18 inches of 1/8-inch wide ribbon
  • large glass bead

Directions

 

Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Select your cards and print the star template onto  cardstock.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Use scissors to cut out the star template.

Use your paper trimmer to cut six 4 inch wide by 3 1/2 inch tall rectangles from your cards.

Note - You can use the text or handwritten greeting inside the card as well as the picture on the front.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Fold the card rectangles in half so the design you want to show is on the inside. Use a bone folder to press the fold so it is nice and crisp.

Place the star template along the folded edge of the card.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Trace the star with pencil.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Cut out the star.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Repeat the folding, tracing and cutting process with the remaining five card rectangles.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Now it's time to glue the pieces of the ornament together.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Use a scruffy brush to apply a coat of glue  to the back half of one of the stars.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Carefully attach the second star making sure your stars are aligned.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Press the attached stars together at the fold. Apply glue to the back of the second star.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Carefully attach the third star.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog
Attach the remaining three stars in the same manner.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Fold the stars together and secure them with two paper clips until the glue is completely dry.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Meanwhile, fold the length of ribbon in half.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Tie a knot about an inch and a half away from the ends.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Slide a bead down to the knot.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog
Once the glue is dry, remove the paperclips.

Apply one final coat of glue to the back of the ornament.
Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog Place the ribbon between the first and last sections of the star. Press the stars together firmly.
Once the glue is dry, your ornament is ready to hang on the tree. Now, the real question. How many ornaments can I make with ten years of Christmas cards?

Holiday Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a 3-D star ornament from old Christmas greeting cards | The Chilly Dog

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