>> Cathy Callahan is a crafter and window dresser who draws inspiration
from vintage crafts. She blogs about 60s and 70s crafts at
Holiday Card Ornament
Use this year’s cards to make next year’s ornaments.
Christmas cards were never thrown away
at my house when I was growing up. As soon
as the Christmas tree was taken down — always
on January 2nd — you’d find my mom sitting at the
dining table (which served as her craft table during
the day) with pinking shears in hand, cutting up the
cards to make gift tags for the following Christmas.
She would simply find two that coordinated and
staple them together.
My mom was raised by parents who lived through
the Great Depression, so reusing and recycling
came naturally. When you have to make do with
what you have, you must be resourceful. This way of
thinking must have been what led to the popularity
of reuse in crafts during the 60s and 70s.
With the holidays just around the corner, I got
to thinking about using old cards and turned to my
collection of vintage craft books for inspiration.
I found ideas for tote bags, desk organizers, fantasy
slippers, and tissue box holders, all made using
greeting cards. I decided to try my hand at a project
called the Holiday Card Ball. Here’s my adaptation
of the instructions so you can make one too.
4. Glue everything into place and allow it to dry.
I like mine just the way it is, but you might want to
trick yours up with glitter, pompoms, beads, or whatever favorite craft supply you have in your stash.
And with the cards I didn’t use for my card ball,
I think I’ll make a few gift tags! ×
PAPER BALL ORNAMENT
1. Use a compass to draw 3½" circles on the cards,
then cut out the circles. Print out the pattern at
craftzine.com/09/oldschool, trace it on the backside of each circle, then score the circles along the
3 pattern lines. Fold upward and crease along the
lines (with the artwork facing up) to create 3 flaps.
2. Spread a thin, even layer of glue on the underside
of one flap, and glue it to another circle’s flap. Start
by gluing together 3 “domes” of 5 circles each.
3. Piece the 3 domes together with paper clips to form
the ball shape. You’ll now see where your 5 remaining
circles will fit so that the ball will be complete.
» GREETING CARDS ENOUGH TO MAKE
TWENTY 3½" CIRCLES. ALSO TRY OLD
PHOTOS, POSTCARDS, OR CEREAL BOXES.
» CRAFT GLUE
» PAPER CLIPS