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How to make a Recycled Christmas Card Basket

Supplies

  • 14 used Christmas cards
  • white glue
  • yarn in Christmas colors
  • computer and printer with paper
  • Printable Pattern (click here to get it)
  • yarn needle
  • small but sharp-pointed scissors, sharp awl or similar item to poke holes through two cards glued together
  • optional: crochet hook

Directions

  1. Print the two printable patterns and cut them out. Trace around the patterns on the back of two old Christmas cards and cut out these patterns to use as templates.  Note: If you don’t have a computer printer, you could make your own paper patterns by drawing your own version – each large pencilled square equals one inch, so draw a 1″ grid then copy our pattern.
  2. Trace around your templates, then cut out 12 sides and 2 bottom pattern pieces from the front of old Christmas cards. Try to center the nicest part of the card pictures in the middle of each piece.
  3. Glue two sides together, with the pictures facing outwards on each side; do the same for bottom pieces. Let the glue dry.
  4. Perhaps the hardest part of this project is poking holes all around the edge of each pattern piece. These are sewing holes used to frame each piece with blanket stitch.
  5. Make the holes about 1/4 inch apart and about 1/4 inch from the edge.
  6. Take your yarn and sew a blanket stitch all around each pattern piece. The illustration at right shows how to sew a blanket stitch.
  7. When you have finished edging with blanket stitch, begin sewing all the side pieces to the bottom, then sewing all the sides together.
  8. Your Christmas card basket is now complete. However, if you know how to crochet, you could finish off the top edge with one row of single crochet.
Thanks to www.allfreecrafts.com for the great craft!
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  1. Bellesouth

    Oh, that’s awesome! I like to use old Christmas cards and use them as gift tags. I just cut them – sometimes with wavy or pattern scissors – and then I cut holes in them and use yarn or string to tie them to a gift bag. The “gift bag” is usually a free reusable shopping tote I’ve received while at an expo or something.

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