Are you like me? Do you hold on to every last Christmas card? They are so pretty, I just can’t throw them away! I usually cut the fronts of the pretty ones off and recycle them as gift tags, but this year I chose a few to recycle another way.
I made a fun little addition to my mantel…
I started with a scrap piece of bead board…
…which I cut into a star shape. As you can see, it took me a few tries to get a shape that
didn’t look like my three year old drew it I was happy with. (This is the back.)
Here’s what else I used…
Not pictured: Hot glue gun, glue sticks, mini Christmas lights
I laid out my cards until I was satisfied with the arrangement.
Then I started attaching the cards with Mod Podge which acts like a glue. I painted the back of each card with it and attached them to the star. Then I folded the edges over and trimmed off any excess.
I gave the entire star two coats of Mod Podge, waiting about ten minutes between each coat.
Next I drilled holes about two inches from each point using a 13/64 drill bit. Then I drilled holes at each inverse point as well.
I added lights by plugging them into the holes. I used 35 count lights which left me two holes short. You may need to use 50 count and just let them dangle behind.
To finish it off, I trimmed each card in gold ric rac ribbon I found at Michaels, using hot glue.
I love how it looks on my mantel. The cards I chose came from special people so each time I look at it, I’m reminded of them.
This is my final project for our Get Your DIY on Link Party Challenge. We started this challenge back in September and here we are 16 weeks later. It went by so fast!
Vintage Bulb and Star Garland House by Hoff
Believe Star Canvas The Hankful House
DIY Rustic Paint Stick Stars The Happy Housie
Falling Star Wall Hanging Just a Girl and Her Blog
Our final theme for this challenge is ‘Star Projects”. That includes ANY of your favorite projects; projects you consider “Stars”!
Help us go out with a BANG! Can’t wait to see what you bring to the party. The fun starts Sunday at 7:00 pm EST. 🙂
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!
P.S. Don’t forget to check out my home decked out for the holidays!