I LOVE sending Christmas cards and I love getting Christmas cards in the mail. (Actually I love sending and receiving mail of any kind, but Christmas cards are my favorite — after checks). During the first Christmas I spent with M’s family, M’s niece and Mom brought out a stack of old cards and started assembling a ball using the cards. I immediately knew it was something I wanted to do for M and I.
First, I gathered all of our cards for the year. Using my 2″ craft punch, I punched out an interesting part of each card. I find it’s easier to flip the card over so you can line it up, and trim accordingly so you can get to the images you like.
Once I had the cards punched, I picked my 22 favorites.
I then lined them up in the order I wanted them on the ornament. I like the colors and patterns to flow visually so the ornament design looks purposeful.
Next, cut out an equilateral triangle the same size as your circles.
Trace this onto the back of each one.
The bottom row should have the flat part of the triangle toward the bottom of the design. The top row should have the point towards the top of the design.
The middle row alternates flat to point.
Next, score each line on the back of the card. You can do this with a burnisher, or a butter knife. I find it’s easier to push the card towards the burnisher and then fold it forward to the front of the circle.
You’ll want them to look like this when you are done. This is my bottom row.
Now it’s time to join them together. Simply line up the folded edges and adhere together with craft glue.
I like to add a paper clip to hold everything in place while the glue dries. Here’s the top completed.
And here’s all three pieces put together.
Now, line up the remaining folds and adhere those together in the same way. I recommend threading a ribbon through all three pieces as you put them together so you can hang the ornaments when you’re done. Just tie a big knot — or add a fancy bead to hold the ribbon in place.
Allow the ornament to sit with the clips in place for a few hours before removing them.
And here’s the finished product!
I love how the ornament reminds us of all the wonderful people in our lives and it’s fun to watch kids and families grow. It’s even more special when you have super personal cards — the first card we sent as a married couple is included on the left and the hand drawn angel on the ornament to the right was done by my Aunt. My Aunt sent a hand drawn card every year, but this would be the last one we would ever receive. She passed away the following Fall, but we have a permanent memory of her beautiful cards every year to remind us of her. In the end, isn’t the most important part of Christmas remembering and making memories with our loved ones?