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Monday, 23 December 2013

Star Chain - Christmas Card Recycling

You have been inundated with Christmas cards, every surface is 6 cards deep & yes they are very nice but it seems a shame to just bin them as soon as Christmas is over. Sound familiar? This really easy & pretty alternative to paper chains could be the answer to your problems.
This is actually a really pretty Christmas decoration & kept my foster brother - who has been known to use every scrap of wrapping paper in the house making paper chains - busy for hours. Plus it taught him the basics of sewing, recycling & focus....this is a magic project.
So, what you need is:

  • a star shaped hole punch
  • a bunch of left over cards
  • a large needle (like a yarn needle)
  • some twine
Once you've got your stuff together, this is really simple.
  1. Punch out as many stars from each card as possible
  2. Cut a length of twine as long as you want the star chain to be & tie a knot in one end.
  3. Thread the needle onto the other end of the twine.
  4. Sew the stars onto the twine by stabbing it through the star on one side & then pulling it through in a hole on the other side - if you are doing this with younger children it may be best if you make the holes with a sharp needle before they start sewing & give them a blunt needle to thread them with.
  5. Once you are close to the end of the twine or the stars you have, unthread the needle, tie a knot in the twine & enjoy!

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