Take 20 used Christmas card (or any other card) fronts and cut out 4 inch circles. Using a triangle template, fold the edges of the circles up to form flaps. Glue the flaps together, add a hanging ribbon and you have an 8" decorative ball.
Approximate Time: 1-2 hours -- longer with young children
By Linn VW from York, PA
Also makes me want to try this with fabric with fusible interfacing on the back...
And to try it with different sizes of circles.
Thanks for such detailed instructions!
That's real cute. I've seen it on Creative Juices on HGTV already. Nice pictures and instructions.
So that's how these beautiful decorations are made. I wondered how many hands it took to make them.
Love this ball; I might try it with decoupage!
I have made these for years! I mean -- many years. I am 50 now, and when I was in elementary school I saw this craft in a Highlights for Children. I made a couple balls, then taught my younger sister how to do it.
One fond memory, bittersweet, is from the Christmas before my father died of lung cancer mets. He was in bed, my mother had gone out of state for a wedding, and my sis and I had come home for Christmas early so she could go. Mom didn't want to deal with 'festivity' that Christmas, but T and I thought it was important. Against her stated wishes, we bought a small tree and stayed up till the wee hours making these balls and some folded-paper 'bells' out of wrapping paper. We made much smaller balls, using circles smaller than an inch in diameter.
Later, we learned that Dad treasured the hours in which he lay awake listening to us in the next room (we'd thought he was sleeping -- he was paralyzed from shoulders down at the time). Because of this, our mother didn't get mad at her ADULT children for defying her wishes!
I teach 5th grade, and have my students trace 20 circles on heavy drawing paper. They then color or draw on their circles before cuttng them out to make a ball. Interesting task -- they learn about circles, and equilateral triangles, and chords. Many of them need help gluing them together, but some pick it up quickly and are willing to help me help the others.
Thanks for sharing!
I posted a comment on someone else's question on what to do with old cards! On how to make these but I'm bad at explaining. Glad some one could explain it better and post a picture and you gave me an idea this year when I make them. I'm useing pinking shears!
I use a compass to make my circles. Then, you can use it also to make the corners of your triangle and just bend the flaps back!
I have made these using family pictures printed on photo paper. They are a treasure.
I have never seen these before! I have been saving Christmas cards for years not knowing what to do with them. I couldn't just throw them away. I had finally decided that after 16 years of saving it was time to throw some away. Now I don't have to. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much! I love it. I can't wait to make them. I bet valentine cards would be cute too!
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