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Christmas collage shapes

December 20, 2010

These pretty little things were so fun to make and I have used them as gifts, embellishments on presents, enclosures in Christmas cards, ornaments on the tree and decorations hanging from a mirror.  They are easy and nearly all the supplies I used were furnished via junk mail.  But just to make it interesting, I tossed in pieces of ribbon, foil wrapping paper and recycled Christmas cards.

I cut my underlying shape from a piece of junkmail cardstock, then glued stripes of decorative paper on one side, trimmed, and repeated the process on the other side.

Adding the beaded dangle makes them prettier ornaments, but they are just stinking cute all on their own.

I’m still incubating the idea, but this is likely to become a larger scale collage for our home, perhaps later this year, after I decide on the combination of papers that will harmonize well together and create a visually appealing effect.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2010 3:03 pm

    Saw your project on the Polly Want a Crafter Link Party. Cute Idea & what a great project you could do with your children!! 🙂

  2. December 20, 2010 5:52 pm

    Well, they don’t look like junk mail anymore! Very creative.

  3. December 20, 2010 8:43 pm

    Great idea to do next year! Thanks. They look wonderful. I followed a link from Chrissy Marie to come here.

  4. December 20, 2010 8:47 pm

    I found you through Polly Want a Crafter and I love this! I wanted to invite you to enter my $50 American Express gift card giveaway that ends in a few days! I also have a link party going on this week! Keep up the good blogging! -Dana

  5. December 21, 2010 3:07 pm

    Hello Dear Diane!

    I just wanted to stop by before I head out to work today and get my fill of your magical, creative delights!

    These are simply faaaaabuous!

    What an ingenious way to turn junkmail cardstock into ART!

    Wishing you a terrific Tuesday!

    X to you and C!

  6. December 21, 2010 4:11 pm

    um, i’m fricken loving these!

    and love what you did with that chandelier too! i have been doing that with ugly frames recently.. gotta love me some spray paint.

    happy holidays you crafty genius!

    • December 21, 2010 5:14 pm

      Merry Christmas to you too 🙂 I know what you mean about a coat of spray paint, it’s the equivalent of a wonder-bra to any tired old item in your home.

  7. December 21, 2010 4:40 pm

    We made htese this afternoon with my children, after seeing them on here. They loved the idea – so thank you very much for a lovely few hours’ entertainment!


  8. December 22, 2010 6:33 pm

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one using junk mail! Isn’t it wonderful to have free craft supplies delivered right to your door? These are beautiful ornaments!

    • December 22, 2010 8:37 pm

      Amanda, I SO know what you mean. I scrutinize each piece of junk mail for its possible craft-paper value before tossing it into the recycling bucket.

  9. December 22, 2010 9:47 pm

    What a fabulous way to use that mail. I love these, so simple and perfect for a crafty Christmas:)


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