Is it hard to get rid of the holiday cards you receive each year? We hear you. Our pile is out of control.
Trim a tree. Create a ribbon garland. Use cookie cutters as templates to cut holiday shapes from the cards. Then glue the stars, hearts, circles, trees and more to a ribbon. This project is easy, so involve the whole family.
Tag, you're it. Make gift tags. If Aunt Sally sent you a photo of your niece last year, cut out that cutie's face, punch a small hole in the photo, loop a piece of ribbon through it, and attach it to a gift. You'll have no trouble remembering to whom the package should be delivered. Write your name on the tag so the recipient knows whom to thank.
In a lather. Cut dainty images from Christmas cards to decorate guest soaps. When you find the image you want, cut it out and decoupage it to a bar of soap. When choosing soaps, look for bars without logos. Apply decoupage adhesive to one side of the soap and to the back of the image. Then adhere the image to the soap and apply a coat of decoupage over the image, being sure to smooth out air bubbles. Let that dry, then add another coat. Add sparkle with glitter. These soaps make great hostess gifts and are fun to add to a welcome basket for overnight guests.
Mark it. When giving books or bookstore gift cards, add a homemade bookmark. Cut a strip 1 to 3 inches wide from a holiday card, punch a hole through the top and add a ribbon or raffia tassel. Paint the back or glue a strip of colored paper to hide writing on the card. If you're in a book club, these would be fun to share with fellow readers.
Thanks for the memories. This keepsake is ambitious, but it has a big payoff. If you have a collection of photo cards from one family, use them to make a photo album of sorts from a child's boardbook. You can use a book of any size or condition.
Sand the book (the cover and all pages) so paint and glue will adhere.
Coordinate photos with colored and patterned paper and other images.
Decide which photo you'll use on the cover as well as those that will be placed throughout the book.
Paint each page with acrylic paint and let it dry.
Combine three or more pages into one to give the book fewer pages and to create depth on the pages. With a utility knife, make cutouts for photos on pages where you want them to show through.
Paint or make image collages around the windows.
Glue a photo to the front of the book, and glue the remaining pictures inside the window cutouts.
Glue sections of pages together with school glue. Clamp the groups of pages with clothespins and allow to dry thoroughly.
Embellish each visible page with stamps and glitter. Seal with decoupage medium.
Paint the book's edges.
Finally, choose a ribbon and hot-glue it to the front and back of book next to the spine, as well as to the spine.