DIY wreath for the Holidays

Ever wondered what to do with those beautiful, heartfelt Christmas cards when the festive season is over? PaperShaker, a design-led luxury cards company who personalise the memorable moments in life, has the perfect crafty solution to give your cards a second life.

PaperShaker shows us how to upcycle Christmas cards and turn them into celebratory New Year wreaths – a fun and easy paper craft tutorial you can whip up in one afternoon. If you still haven’t got this year’s decorations up, dig out last year’s cards and get crafting!

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - step 7

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - materials

You will need:

• 1 large dinner plate
• 1 smaller tea plate
•  1 square scrap of card
• Glue
• Scissors
• Craft knife
• Pencil
• Marker pen
• Christmas or birthday cards and some coloured envelopes

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - step 1

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - step 1b

Step 1
Take your large dinner plate and draw round it. Then centre the smaller plate within the space and draw around this too.

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - step 2

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - step 2b

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - step 2c

Step 2
Cut around the outside and the middle creating your wreath base layer.

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - step 3

Step 3
Next, draw a holly shape. This will be your template to use on all your cards and envelopes.

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - step 4

Step 4
Cut it out!

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - step 5

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - step 5.

Step 5
Collect your cards and envelopes and draw around the holly template with a pencil on the back of your mementos! Then, cut them out.

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - step 6

Step 6
Once you have cut out your holly leaves, start to arrange and glue them around the cardboard base alternating the colours for pretty effect. Top tip: Fold the holly leaves in half to mimic the look of real holly.

DIY wreath - Upcycle Christmas cards for a New Year wreath - step 7

Step 7
Hang your beautiful, unique wreath in your home or if you use this year’s cards, save it for 2015’s Christmas festivities!

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