"Merry Christmas" Card Garland - The Surznick Common Room

Friday, January 3, 2014

"Merry Christmas" Card Garland

Now that the holiday season is officially over, we're starting to clean up everything from Christmas and put away decorations. While it was fun having the apartment decorated, I'm excited to have everything go back to normal!

We got quite a few Christmas cards this year that we hung in the archway separating our living and dining rooms. I usually don't keep cards from anything unless they're really important to me. I just don't feel the need to hang on to them, so after a week or so I throw them away (sorry, Mom - she's a big card sender). But this year I decided that I would try to make use of the cards we received instead of tossing them into the trash.

Every year we add more and more to our Christmas decor. This year we made the Merry & Bright marquee, we bought a Harry Potter Sorting Hat to use as our tree topper, and we also purchased some tinsel garland and beaded garland to hang around our fireplaces. All of these have one thing in common: we had to spend money on them. I thought it would be a fun idea to use the Christmas cards to add to our holiday decor without having to spend any additional cash, so I made Merry Christmas garland!

Here's what you need!
- Various holiday cards
- Scissors
- Holepunch
- String
- Tape

This project was super simple and only took me an hour at most. The first thing you do is cut out the letters to "Merry Christmas" or any holiday message you'd like to use. Instead of printing out letters to use as templates, I decided to just wing it and cut out each letter without tracing a template or drawing out the letters first. I think it gives the garland a more fun and whimsy look, but you could definitely print use some sort of template too.

Once all of the letters were cut, I used a hole punch to make holes in the top each letter. I put two holes in each letter except for the "I". Next I strung the letters onto a long piece of string. I didn't really measure the string, I just made sure that I had enough to fit all of the letters and to have extra room on the ends for hanging. I used a tiny piece of tape on the back of each letter to secure their place. And that's it!

I think that the garland turned out great for taking less than an hour to make. Plus it was free! I'm also feeling really good about using our Christmas cards to make something that we can keep instead of just throwing them away. Even though I really don't want to keep cards, I always feel a pang of guilt when tossing them into the trash, so now I can avoid that altogether this year!

Now the only problem is that I have to take this garland down and pack it away until next year! Dang.

xo, Sarah


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