Recycled Christmas Card Advent Calendar Tree

Recycled Christmas Card Advent calendar shows that old cards are not just for label making.

We have lots of Christmas cards sent every year and I never know what to do with them after the festive season.  It seems such a shame to send them straight to the recycling bin almost as if you are casting off all those good thoughts and wishes once the festive season is over.  So after digging out the unused pound (dollar) store Christmas tree I suddenly had an idea that would be creative and fun – a recycled Christmas Card Advent Calendar Tree!

Recycled Christmas Card Advent Calendar Tree!

Recycled Christmas Card Advent Calendar Tree!

We found some old Christmas cards that we had saved from last year.  If you have not got any then check your Christmas card box, we always have a few unused cards left over from last year.  Failing that you could just use plain card for this year and save your cards for next years calendar.

Choosing a card to recycle.

Choosing a card to recycle.

I cut around the picture using craft scissors – these tend to leave a decorative edge but you can use dressmakers scissors (pinking shears) or ordinary scissors.

Mummy has cut around the pictures

Mummy has cut around the pictures

Peakles then decorated the plain side of the card with glitter, stickers, flowers and numbers.  

Adding lots of sparkly decorations

Adding lots of sparkly decorations

 

 

Nearly finished this one

Nearly finished this one

Using a hole punch I made a hole at the top and added some red ribbon.  Peakles loved making these so we just carried on making them!  

Ribbon bow and more decorations

Ribbon bow and more decorations

Once these were dry they were ready to hang on the Christmas tree!   The beauty of this is that you can create one decoration every day to hang up in the evening or the next day.  

Recycled Christmas Card Advent Decoration

Recycled Christmas Card Advent Decoration

As the tree looks very bare I would add some tinsel or garlands to the tree first before adding our first Christmas Card advent decoration. you can add the numbers or write the numbers on the cards as part of the design or leave the number until you are actually ready to hang the Christmas Card Advent decoration.

This year we are making an Stained Glass Advent Calendar - from 1st December we will publish our updated window picture every day – Peakles is very excited about this too!

We were delighted to share this idea with Red Ted Art and a few others at the Advent Calendar Hangout.  There were some brilliant ideas, some very easy ideas and a couple of whacky ones too!

Another idea discussed in the Hangout

Another idea discussed in the Hangout

 

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2 thoughts on “Recycled Christmas Card Advent Calendar Tree

  1. Lovely idea that’s tree friendly and makes good use of last year’s cards. Also, making me feel Christmassy. Merry jingles.

  2. Pingback: Advent Calendar Ideas - Red Ted Art's Blog

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