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Homemade Christmas and Holiday Cards

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Send friends and family something really special: handmade holiday and Christmas cards created from duct tape, veneer, and Dazzle Twine.

 Christmas cards and holiday cards made from duct tape, veneer, and twine

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Needle (for veneer cards)
  • Iron (for veneer cards)
  • Awl (for veneer cards)
  • Glue
  • Paint (optional, for duct tape forest card)
  • Cardstock (for duct tape cards)

Materials

  • 12-count #6 solid-brass flat washers, #69743
  • Green Apple duct tape, #369269
  • Optional: Blue Turquoise duct tape, #369267, Cherry Red duct tape, #369273
  • 12-in x 48-in red oak iron-on wood veneer, #40380
  • 200-ft multicolor poly Dazzle Twine, #158880

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Instructions

Veneer Cards

Step 1

 Twine snowflake designs on veneer cards

For each card, cut two 6-in x 6-in squares of veneer. Iron together so that the finished sides are facing out and the adhesive-covered sides stick together.

Step 2

Cut out circles from veneer to use as guides. On the red and green veneer card, we used 1-inch, 1-1/2-inch, and 2-inch circles. On the blue veneer card, we used 3-inch and 4-inch circles. If you use a circle compass, use the sharp tip to make a hole at the center of the circle.

Step 3

To make a single-radius snowflake (like the red one), mark eight evenly spaced holes around a circle plus a center hole and punch each mark with an awl.

Step 4

To make a double snowflake (like the green or blue ones), use a larger and smaller circle, such as the1-inch and 1-1/2-in or 3-inch and 4-inch. Punch eight evenly spaced holes around the larger circle plus a center hole. Then center the smaller circle inside the holes from the larger circle and punch eight additional holes, spacing them so they fall between the first eight holes. If you want the snowflakes to look as if they're hanging like ornaments (as in the red and green card), punch an additional hole straight up from the snowflake, as shown.

Step 5

  Back side of veneer with twine snowflake design

Thread Dazzle Twine through a large needle (the 4-inch snowflake takes about 60 inches of twine). From the back, start your needle at one of the outside holes. Temporarily tape a few extra inches of thread to the back side of the card; you'll need it to fasten the snowflake at the end. Sew through the middle hole, back out through the next outside hole, and then back through the middle again. Continue until you've completed the entire snowflake, then fasten in the back using the spare thread you taped there earlier.

Step 6

Cut out a square of cardstock slightly smaller than the veneer. Write a greeting on the card and glue the card to the back side of the veneer to hide the tied-off twine.

Christmas Tree Duct-Tape Cards

Step 1

Cut a 6-in x 6-in square of card stock. (You'll create a 6-in x 12-in backer later.) Cut squares and triangles of green duct tape. Fold in half to form wide and narrow triangles. Starting at the bottom arrange the triangles into a tree shape and glue in place.

Step 2

Decorate with small brass washers glued onto the duct tape.

Step 3

  Duct-tape Christmas-tree design on cardstock

For each card, cut a 6-in x 12 in piece of cardstock. Fold in half to create a 6-in x 6-in card. Glue the duct tape art to the front of the card stock. Write a message inside, and send it to a friend.

Snowy Forest Duct-Tape Cards

Step 1

Cut a 6-in x 6-in square of cardstock. (You'll create a 6-in x 12-in backer later.) Fold green duct tape into triangles.

Step 2

Cut a few arches into the lower half of the card for hills. Insert the green tape triangles into the curved cuts and tape in place on the back side of the card.

Step 3

Add some snow to the scene by decorating the sky with drops of glue and covering the tops of the hills with a light coating of glue. Sprinkle the glue with white glitter or wait until it has dried and highlight the "snow" with a little silver or pearlescent paint.

Step 4

  Duct tape winter scene on card

For each card, cut a 6-in x 12 in piece of cardstock. Fold in half to create a 6-in x 6-in card. Glue the duct tape art to the front of the cardstock. Write a message inside, and send it to a friend.

Duct-Tape Cards with a Bow

Step 1

Cut a 6-in x6-in piece of cardstock. (You'll create a 6-in x 12-in backer later.) Cut a 7-in-long piece of duct tape and place down the middle of the card. Cut a centered diagonal slit about 1 inch long in the middle of the tape. Cut completely through the tape and card.

Step 2

Cut an 8-inch piece of duct tape. Fold both ends of the tape back so they meet in the middle. This will create a 4-inch piece of tape that's smooth on both sides. Do the same thing with an 11-inch piece of tape.

Step 3

Cut a 4-inch piece of tape and fold it in half along its length so that the tape strip is about 1-inch wide. (You'll get a cleaner look if you fold it as you did the prior tape, so that both sides meet in the middle.)

Step 4

Loop the 8-in and 11-in folded pieces of duct tape and stack the loops with the shorter one on top. Pinch both in the middle to form a bow shape, then wrap the narrow piece of tape around the middle to form the bow. Adjust until the bow has the look you want.

Step 5

 Card with duct tape bow design

Insert the narrow piece of tape through the angled slit in the card. Add another piece of tape along the back of the card to secure the bow in place.