How To Make A Christmas Card Basket

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Are you stuck for ideas of what to do with your old Christmas cards? I have a huge selection of old holiday cards from years gone by. But did you know that a fair few of them cannot be recycled due to their plastic coverings or glitter content?How do you prevent these old greeting cards going into landfill? By upcycling them! And today’s tutorial is one of my favourite ideas for using up old Christmas cards. Here is how to make a Christmas card basket from holiday greeting cards!

 

How To Make A Christmas Card Basket

 

How To Make An Upcycled Christmas Card Basket -Make this kitsch & vintage Christmas card basket bowl using my free pattern template. A holiday greeting card bowl is a lovely craft & sewing idea and a great project of what to do with old greeting cards. Art projects with old greeting cards tutorial. Idea of what to do with old Christmas cards. Vintage Christmas card bowl pattern, template and instructions of how to make one for yourself.

 

You may not want to throw away your old cards. They may have sentimental value, or remind you of people you once knew. However, even if you did want them to be recycled, it may be that they aren’t suitable anyway, due to having glitter or plastic coatings to make them shiny. 

In an effort to be more zero waste, I have been sending fewer and fewer Christmas cards each year. But I do still receive them, and am always looking for cute Christmas crafts and ways to use this brilliant craft resource. 

See my other ways of ensuring that you have a more zero waste Christmas.

What to do with old Christmas cards though? There are lots of things that you can make.

This cute basket made from upcycled greeting cards is a lovely way of utilising your old cards, whilst keeping the best part of them on display. 

In fact, it’s a very kitsch and nostalgic make. I am not the person who invented this Christmas crafts idea, I am pretty sure that one of my aunts had something very similar in the 70s.  But I do I think it would make a lovely Christmas gift, filled with some wrapped candies or bagged up goodies. 

This idea isn’t just for Christmas either. Yes, I used old Christmas cards to make this bowl. But you could just as easily take some vintage prints or postcards and use them to make your own take on this idea. Whatever suits your home and style best.

It’s a really easy DIY craft idea too!

You Will Need

 

Materials needed for Christmas card bowl

  • Old Christmas Cards
  • Glue or double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery yarn
  • A needle with an eye large enough for your yarn. 
  • My Christmas Card Bowl Template

 

How To Make The Christmas Card Hexagon Bowl

Print my free Christmas card basket pattern out – I would suggest printing it onto card stock if possible. 

Alternatively trace around the pattern pieces onto thick card (or the back of old Christmas cards.) And then cut out these patterns to use as templates instead.

Find 14 cards large enough to fit the templates onto. Trace around the templates and then cut out the 12 side pieces and 2 bottom pieces that you need from your old Christmas cards. I like to try and make sure that I get the best picture from each card within the template outline.

14 pieces of card cut out ready to make a card basket

Glue two side pieces wrong sides together so that the pictures are facing outwards. Repeat with the two bottom pieces.

Sew all around each of the 7 pieces with a blanket stitch. You can pre-make holes at regular intervals before doing this if you so wish. But I actually found using a sharp needle with a large enough eye to take the full thickness of embroidery thread worked well enough for me. In places it was hard to pull the eye of the needle through the two layers of card, but nothing a wiggle around didn’t solve. I used quite large blanket stitch about 1/3 of an inch long with stitches about 1/3 inch apart.

Card pieces with blanket stitch around each one - ready to be sewn together

 

Once you have finished sewing all around every piece, take the base centre piece and lay out your side pieces around it. This way you can see the finished design before sewing it together. You may want to swap and turn pieces over to give the best layout. 

Side pieces of basket sewn to the base

Sew each of the bottom of the side pieces to the base piece in turn, by sewing and weaving your thread through all the blanket stitches from each side in turn.

The basket now looks like a flower. Next, sew up in-between each side piece, again weaving and sewing the blanket stitches together that you made earlier. 

The Finished Bowl

Your recycled Christmas card basket is finished.

How To Make An Upcycled Christmas Card Basket -Make this kitsch & vintage Christmas card basket bowl using my free pattern template. A holiday greeting card bowl is a lovely craft & sewing idea and a great project of what to do with old greeting cards. Art projects with old greeting cards tutorial. Idea of what to do with old Christmas cards. Vintage Christmas card bowl pattern, template and instructions of how to make one for yourself.

 

How To Make An Upcycled Christmas Card Basket -Make this kitsch & vintage Christmas card basket bowl using my free pattern template. A holiday greeting card bowl is a lovely craft & sewing idea and a great project of what to do with old greeting cards. Art projects with old greeting cards tutorial. Idea of what to do with old Christmas cards. Vintage Christmas card bowl pattern, template and instructions of how to make one for yourself.

5 Replies to “How To Make A Christmas Card Basket”

  1. Louise (Lit says:

    Oh this is such a lovely idea and a brilliant way of recycling old Christmas cards. Have pinned to try making later. #MMBC

    Reply

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