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Christmas Card Ball Ornament

Ball shaped tree decoration made from recycled Christmas cards.

Approximate Time: About an hour


  • recycled Christmas cards
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  • scrap of cardboard for templates
  • 6 inch piece of yarn or narrow ribbon for hanging loop
  • glitter glue
  • small beads (optional)
  • glue gun


  1. Draw a circle 1 and one quarter inches in diameter on a piece of cardboard.

  2. Using it as a template, cut 20 circles from used Christmas cards.

  3. Draw an equilateral triangle with each side measuring 1 inch.

  4. Center the triangle template over the right side of a circle, folding the outside edges upright around the triangle to create flaps. Repeat for the rest of the circles.

  5. To make top dome of ornament, place five circles on a flat surface, right side up, with one point of each triangle facing toward the center. Apply glue to wrong side of flaps and stick together. Repeat for bottom of ornament.

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  7. Place remaining 10 circles on a flat surface with points of triangles alternating up and down so as to create a straight line. Glue together the flaps that are touching to make a strip, then glue ends together to make a ring.

  8. Glue top and bottom dome sections to this ring, creating a ball.

  9. Glue loop of ribbon or yarn to center top of ornament.

  10. Apply glitter glue to outside edges of all flaps. If desired, glue a bead at every point where flaps intersect.

By preserver from Manitoba

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