Circle garlands from greeting cards

I love displaying all the pretty holiday cards, until the day after Christmas.  I'm one of those people that likes to decorate early and take down immediately after the holiday.  When all the holiday cards come down with all their glittery goodness I hate to throw them in the trash.  To top it off we have birthdays right before and right after Christmas so my pile of cards gets very tall.

So instead of hitting the trash, I attack them with my paper punch!  I have two that I absolutely love- a 2.5 inch scalloped circle that I looked FOREVER for by Marvy Uchida, and a 2 inch circle by Fiskars (I LOVE Fiskars!).

I collect all the punched out circles in a drawer until they start to overflow then ask myself if I'm ever going to do anything with them.  So I thought I would share some ideas of what to do with them. So here is my pile....

And here are my plans....

  • Make a super cute garland like the one shown to left from Parents Magazine, May 2009.  Punch a hole in each circle then string with a piece of yarn or ribbon, perfect project for my 2 1/2 year old!  If you use a small punch and a thick string they will hold their space and no need to secure them down. 
  • Jot a quick thank you and include in my etsy packages.
  • Use as gift tags strung with a ribbon.
  • Run them trough the sewing machine to make a quick garland.  Lots of them hanging straight down would be very cute and a quick party decoration!
  • Fold five (or more) of them in half then glue haves together in a circle, string with a fish line for a quick paper pom. 
  • Lunch box love notes
  • Use as an embellishment on a new card!
  • Give them to your kids to play with, free scrapbooking embellishments for the young scrapbooker. 
That's just what I've come up with so far, I'm sure there are lots of creative minds out there who have a ton more ideas!  Can you think of anything?
** Added 1/22/09**
When I originally wrote this post I had a picture in my head that I had seen out there in cyber space but could not find it for the life of me.  Well today I found it!  So I had to come back and share it.  If you click over to Pearl Bee, where the photo came from, you can see her tutorial on using felt to create it! 


  1. I've been holding onto Christmas, birthday, thank you and everything else cards - for more years than I care to acknowledge! I jsut got my craft punch too - but I'm going to make a patterned collage and glue them to a huge canvas and then hang it on my wall! Something light starry night! I didn't want to do the garland and trash it a few years later. (or a few months). I love fiskars too! k

  2. Awesome idea, I too have a stack of cards for every occasion (13 years worth). I love your ideas.