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Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Christmas Card Balls

Submitted by Lori Burdette of Georgia

Christmas card ball ornaments

"Recycled Remembrances"

This year has been a difficult year for us. We lost four close family members, including my Dad. Many of our Christmas cards were special, but I just didn't have any way to save them all. So my daughter and I picked out the ones we wanted to save and turned them in to a remembrance ornament for 2012.


Cut out twenty circles. I have made my own template that is 2" diameter. You can make them smaller or larger if you like.

Cut another circle the same size from cardboard; on it, draw an equilateral triangle, points touching the edge of the circle. Cut out triangle; trace it onto the inside of each of the 20 circles. Score, and fold along all the lines. This step is the hardest to do if you are trying to figure it out yourself. To change the size, use WORD to draw a circle and place a triangle in the center, touching all three sides. I used the side of a ruler to help fold.

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Example of Circle Template

Next, use clear-drying craft glue to join one flap each from two circles -- triangles should point in the same direction. Using the same technique, attach the flaps of three more circles to these two, forming what will be the top. Make the bottom in the same way.

Glue remaining 10 circles together, this time with triangle points alternating up and down, forming a straight line. Glue the two end flaps to form a ring; this will be the middle section. Then glue top and bottom pieces to the flaps of the middle section.

Use a needle to create a small hole, and hang with thread. Silver or Gold are pretty but I didn't have any so I just used some heavy duty sewing thread I already had on hand. I spent zero dollars on the craft.

We labeled it 2012. Next year, we will continue the tradition.

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