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Recycled Christmas Cards with Crochet

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Add lovely crochet edges to old Christmas cards to create ornaments or to decorate photo albums. Use metallic thread in Christmas colors to crochet the hole-punched edges.
 

Recycled Christmas Cards with Crochet


Materials:

  • Old Christmas cards
  • hole punch
  • Kreinik metallic thread in Tapestry #12 Braid, in your choice of colors
  • crochet hook to coordinate with your hole size and braid size

Instructions:

  1. Cut card to desired shape or size.
     
  2. Punch holes in outer edge of design area.
     
  3. Using your favorite crochet stitch, crochet a border using the Tapestry #12 Braid.
     
  4. When finished, glue onto a photo album, or use as an ornament.
     

Tip: use a different Kreinik Braid size to achieve a different look. The Fine #8 Braid, for example, is a thin thread and will create a "lacy" look. Medium #16 Braid is thicker, and may be easier to use for beginners or with larger crochet hooks.

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Jan 27, 2014

For those who don't feel they are crafty, but want to recycle your cards, see if your local Girl Scouts or pre schools can use them; if not, they can be sent to Saint Jude's. Children re-make them in to new cards that that sell.

 

Jan 27, 2014

My aunt made these as bookmarks. A great way to recycle old cards. If they have writing on the back, use two, back to back. I still use mine and she has been gone some 20 years.

 

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Oct 14, 2012

can these recycled cards be sold, or is there a copyright on them? even after being cut up and re-invented?

 

Jan 9, 2012

MY BEST FRIEND DID THE BOXES FOR ME BUT SHE DIED THIS YEAR AND I DIDN'T COME ACROSS ANY IN MY CHRISTMAS STUFF WHERE CAN I FIND INFO ON HOW TO MAKE THESE?

 

Jan 9, 2012

I've done this, too, with 5 cards, making a box with a bottom and then attach a 6th one only on one side for a lid. These little boxes were made by my mother and aunt in the 1950s and were kept to hold hankies, nylons, and undies. :)

 

Jan 8, 2012

I did this a long time ago. However, I did this stitch and joined the cards and put a bottom in it.....It created a bowl. I used this bowl to put candy and cookies to give as gifts. The receivers all loved it. In fact many used them over & over again. Another thing I did was to cut out the pictures, using decorative scissors and glued the pictures to bag lunch bags and then put hole punches in the top, thread narrow ribbon thru and they became gift bags to use. also great for using on contact paper and making place mats to use for holidays. These are some of my suggestions. Dixie

 

Jan 8, 2012

I did this probably over 20 years ago. Cut circles, placed them back to back, crocheted around them with scalloped edges and added loops to hang them. I used variegated Christmas yarn. Have used them every Christmas.

 

Nov 22, 2011

Adhere to cardstock, add a ribbon decoration down side, across bottom or top, a sentiment inside and you have wonderful cards to send to friends and family.

 

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