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Upcycled Christmas Cards

brilliant ideas to recycle old christmas cards cover

Ornaments

The first thing that comes to mind when we think of recycling cards is making ornaments of them. They can be dimensional or not and of various shapes and sizes, and everything depends on what you like and what cards you have at hand. Angels, baubles, houses, snowflakes and all the shapes that come to your mind – just try different ideas!

cards were used to make Christmas ornaments

cards were used to make Christmas ornaments

dimensional bauble ornament of Christmas cards

dimensional bauble ornament of Christmas cards

old Christmas cards turned into nice cardboard ornaments

old Christmas cards turned into nice cardboard ornaments

tinsel and old Christmas card ornaments

tinsel and old Christmas card ornaments

Christmas card glitter house can be used as an ornament or just decor

Christmas card glitter house can be used as an ornament or just decor

angel ornaments made of old Christmas cards

angel ornaments made of old Christmas cards

Gift Toppers And Cards

You can make some pieces to give them again to your friends and family: gift toppers or new cards. The idea is easy: cut out some trees of cards and place them on the gifts, or you can give your gift toppers any other shape. You can also make new Christmas cards of old ones – take some cardboard as a base and decorate the cards with various parts and cutouts of other cards. Add sparkles, rhinestones and other details to make your cards super special.

dress up plain wrapping paper with colorful trees of Christmas cards

dress up plain wrapping paper with colorful trees of Christmas cards

don't buy gift tags, just make them of cards and attach strings

don’t buy gift tags, just make them of cards and attach strings

gift tags can be made of old Christmas cards

gift tags can be made of old Christmas cards

make new cards using parts of old ones

make new cards using parts of old ones

Other Ideas

There are many more ideas to try: tabletop trees, coasters, snow globes, wreaths, banners and garlands – turn on your imagination and create something really special!

a garland made of yarn rope and old cards

a garland made of yarn rope and old cards

Christmas card banner with red banner

Christmas card banner with red banner

Christmas card shadow box

Christmas card shadow box

Christmas tree of cones made of Christmas cards

Christmas tree of cones made of Christmas cards

coasters made of old Christmas cards

coasters made of old Christmas cards

recyclable banners and garlands for Christmas

recyclable banners and garlands for Christmas

snow globe made of a plastic cup and an old card

snow globe made of a plastic cup and an old card

tabletop Christmas tree made of cards

tabletop Christmas tree made of cards

upcycled Christmas card wreath with red ribbon

upcycled Christmas card wreath with red ribbon

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DIY- Recycled Garland

Materials:

  • old books
  • glue stick
  • wire
  • scissors
  • glitter

To Make Book Page Paper Feathers:

  1. Rip a few pages out of an old book, and glue two pages together with a wire down the centre on the in-between the pages.
  2. Cut the paper into a feather shape, with the wire as the centre of the feather.
  3. Next, cut out a few notches in the feather, and then cut the feather like a fringe with narrow strips, and on a slight angle like a real feather.  The wire ensures that you can’t cut too far, and makes this step much easier than without a wire.
  4. Add some glitter to the tips of the feather, and after it dries ruffle up the fringe slightly to give the feather some dimension.
https://www.lifeisaparty.ca/2016/book-page-paper-feather-garland/

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Upcycle~Key Rack

upcycled key rack

How to make an upcycled key rack

The first thing you will need to make your new key rack is a piece of wood. This is a great opportunity to repurpose bits and bobs saved from previous projects. Next you’ll need some deadbolt locks and doorknobs. If you don’t have any old ones laying about there is a great chance your local thrift shop or Habitat for Humanity Restore will.

Leave your piece of wood as is or give it a stylish stain. Then lay your locks and doorknobs out and mark where you want them to be. In order for your knobs to sit flush you will need to make a groove in the wood with a router. A router is a woodworking tool used to hollow out a piece of wood.

Once you’ve finished with your router, drill holes for attaching the door knobs and locks. At this stage your upcycled key rack will look like this:

upcycled key rack

Then, simply attach the knobs/locks and you’re done. If you don’t have the original keys from the locks then just get blank keys to add to your key ring. You can now hang up your finished doorknob key rack and give your keys a place of their own.

upcycled key rack

Source: kara paslay designs

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Upcycle~ Halloween Decorations

https://www.upcyclethat.com/upcycled-halloween-decorations/


Ghost jugs

Make ghost jugs by drawing ghost eyes and mouths on milk jugs. Cut a hole in the back of the jug to insert the lights. Share one string of lights by placing a few jugs close together.

Source: Disney Family Fun

Haunted Spirits

To make haunted spirits put a shirt on a dressing stand (or chair) and spray with fabric stiffener. Once it dries the shirts will be stiff and easy to stuff with lights. Hang your spirits from trees with hangers.

Source: Post Scriptum on Flickr

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UpCycle~

Michelle Brand is an environmental designer who specializes in upcycling plastic bottle bottoms into decor features. Michelle creates plastic bottle flowers by cutting and sanding the plastic bottle bases and tagging them together using a clothing attacher gun.

As an environmental designer, Michelle focuses on working with materials that others consider waste. By turning discarded plastic bottles into art, she challenges the notion that empty plastic bottles are useless. Michelle was drawn to plastic bottles as she find the pre-existing shape and material a challenge. She excels with the medium and uses the plastic bottle flowers to create iconic ceiling to floor pendant lights and flower walls.

In order to make a 6 foot cascade lamp Michelle must hand assemble 540 plastic bottles after first washing, drying, cutting and sanding them. To her the plastic bottle flowers are more than art and carry an educational message to consumers about reusing so-called waste material. Michelle believes consumers are becoming more environmentally savvy and are drawn to upcycled products as they are interesting and exciting. High-end USA chain Neiman Marcus carries her Cascade Lancashire chandelier range.

plastic bottle flowers

Source: Michelle Brand

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Upcycle~ Record Bowls

How to make a record bowl

Step 1

record bowls

Assemble the records you want to upcycle. If you don’t have any oldies lying around then head over to your local thrift store and grab some for around a dollar a piece. We selected the classics: Madonna, Wham, Olivia Newton John and Swing Gently with Strauss.

(The latter apparently was not a hit sensation.)

Step 2

record bowls

Preheat your oven to 100-120°C. That’s 200-250°F. Place an oven safe bowl, mug or metal colander on a baking sheet.

Step 3

record bowls

Place your record on top of the oven safe bowl and put it in the oven. The side of the record placed directly on the colander will become the inside of the bowl. Bake your record for a few minutes and remove from the oven when the record starts to wobble and melt.

Step 4

Your record will be malleable for a few seconds only so work quickly, bending and pinching as you see fit. Careful, the record will be hot to the touch! If you want the record to stay still while you work, secure it to the bowl with a stick.

Step 5

record bowl

You can hand mould your record bowls or push them into another bowl to form a new shapes.   This is the time to experiment and try out new techniques. If you don’t like the results you can always pop your record back into the oven and melt the mistakes away.

Well done, you now have some rocking record bowls!

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