Ornaments from Christmas Cards

Save those Christmas Cards!

(I realize everyone is laughing because very few send Christmas cards anymore.)

I remember one year my family sent 100 cards. Most of them went to the children at the daycare where I was the bookkeeper! I send, or pass out, only a box of cards now.

My friend, Bev, showed me how she makes ornaments out of Christmas cards. She made several for the residents of the nursing home. These boxes can be used as small gift boxes for a ring or earrings. They would also look cute as “presents” under a mini tree.

Christmas Card Ornaments

  1. For the top box, choose the center and measure out 2 1/2 inches in all directions. This will give you a 5″ square. The measurement from corner to corner is 7″ or 3 1/2″ from the center.
  2. Cut out square.
  3. Draw a line from corner to corner to find the center.
  4. Fold points into the center of the box.
  5. On the sides, fold again and cut to the fold about 3/4″ from edges.
  6. Fold top and bottom side again.
  7. Form box by putting flaps from top and bottom under folded sides.
  8. For the bottom, choose the center and measure out 2 1/4″ in all directions. The box will be approximately 4 3/4″. Corners approximately 3 1/4″ from the center.
  9. Follow steps 2-7.
  10. For an ornament, punch two holes into the sides of one corner on each box.
  11. Put boxes together.
  12. Thread ribbon through the holes and tie a knot.
4. Fold points to center.

4. Fold points to the center.

5. Cut sides to 2nd fold.

5. Cut sides to 2nd fold.

6. Fold top and bottom, putting flaps on the sides.

6. Fold top and bottom, putting flaps on the sides.

7. Fold sides over flaps from top and bottom.

7. Fold sides over flaps from top and bottom.

 

Ornament or gift boxes from Christmas cards.

Ornament or gift boxes from Christmas cards.

For another way to recycle those Christmas cards, see here.

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