Saturday, December 18, 2010

Vintage Style Recycled CD & Christmas Card Ornaments



Don't you just love Christmas cards?  I do.  I've been saving mine forever.  I've made gift tags out of some of them but I've saved the best for making these vintage style ornaments.








What you will need:

Old CD's
Christmas cards
Fake snow
All purpose glue
Snowflake punch (optional)
Glitter glue or rhinestones (optional)
Hot glue gun
Ribbon or twine
Spray paint



 Paint the unprinted side of the CD.  I used silver.  Let dry.



Choose cards that will work well with the size and shape of the CD.  If the CD overhangs or there is writing on the edge (like mine) don't panic.  The snow will cover it up.



Trace around the CD on the card and cut out.




Using all purpose glue, apply glue in a spiral on the unpainted side of  the CD. 

Apply the card, twisting it around on the CD in order to spread the glue evenly.  I don't bother to let it dry -- I just keep going.



Cut a 4" piece of ribbon or twine, fold in half and using hot glue, glue to the top of the CD making a hanger. 

 If you'll loop your ribbon exactly like mine, the ornament will hang perfectly straight.  If you don't? Well, you can panic now.

Now for the sticky part.  Pour your fake snow into a shallow plastic bowl.  I don't know who invented fake snow but they deserve a Nobel.  Anyway, apply a line of hot glue halfway around the edge of the ornament and quickly press, face down, into the snow and hold it there a moment.



  Do the same to the other half.

And now for the fun part.  Embellish away.
The words and phrases were cut from the inside of the cards and I punched the snowflakes out of the cards as well. 


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59 comments:

  1. What a great idea to reuse the cd's. I need to pick up some scrapbook paper. I can not find my old cards! Love the fake snow.

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  2. I'm a follower and love your blog!

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  3. Thanks so much for this idea. I found some beautiful vintage Christmas cards from the 60's at a flea market and I wasn't sure what to do with them. Looks like I'll have a project next week!

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  4. Lindy, you are so amazing and clever. I can't wait. I've got two weeks off and I'm gonna get crafting. Thanks for this sweet idea. Where do you get fake snow at?? I don't think I've ever seen it here. Craft store? Well have a great Christmas.
    Hugs~ Amanda

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  5. Excellent idea...there are so many lovely cards it is a shame to throw them away. this is very cleaver.(-:

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  6. Very cute idea. The fake snow really gives a cute edge!

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  7. Hi Lindy...

    So happy to see you for the Sunday Favorites party this week, my friend! What a great post to revisit! I love your Christmas ornament craft...what a GRAND idea...I love it! So easy and fairly quick to make as well...and I love that! I think the two little Victorian Christmas girls was my favorite ornament...that's sooo pretty! Thank you so much for sharing your Christmas pretties with us today for Sunday Favorites!

    Wishing you and your sweet family a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy!!!

    Chari @Happy To Design

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  8. I love that idea!

    What a beautiful "Green" project!

    Thank you for sharing.

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  9. I forgot to say great tutorial also!

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  10. How very creative and how very cute! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I hope you will come again.
    Donna

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  11. Everything is so lovely. I love anything vintage, especially at Christmas time!

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  12. Merry Christmas Lindy! Now this is a really beautiful way to make a craft with CDs. Yours turned out beautiful. Thanks so much for making the tutorial. It turned out great too. I've made a copy of it for my files. Now if I would ever get busy and make all these favorites that I save.

    Hugs...Tracy :)

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  13. Lindy,
    Please be sure to bring this THRIFTY idea to NTT...it's so cute...I will try to make some after the holidays are over. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  14. Omg now I know how to recycle my old CD's and cards!! I just love when people recycle!! Your ornaments are delightful!

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  15. Those are really neat ornaments! I'm always wondering what to do with some of those pretty Christmas cards you get!

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  16. Neat idea, I know I have a few old cd's around collecting dust, I like the idea of using scrapbook paper too. Definately will have to save my cards this year.

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  17. this could make gorgeous gift tags as well...i used to work in the music industry so i have 1000s of cds that could be put to good use!

    if you have a moment, please link this up to Creative Juice!

    :)
    nicolette @
    http://momnivoresdilemma.blogspot.com/2010/12/creative-juice-thursday-3.html

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  18. Hi Lindy,
    I've been a follower for a few months now and always love checking out your blog. You post such great ideas and make it all look so easy!!
    Thanks~
    Fondly,
    Ann
    @
    The Tattered Tassel

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  19. Clever and fun! Thanks for the great idea. I have some pretty Christmas cards from the past that I would love to use for this.

    Cheryl

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  20. What a clever idea! So pretty. Thank you for sharing.

    Dropping by from Met Monday.
    Allison
    Atticmag

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  21. These are great what a wonderful way to use old Christmas cards and cd's.

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  22. how clever! what a great way to recycle.

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  23. What a great idea using the CD. I will be trying this with some of my old cards. Thanks!

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  24. Adorable and what a great to recycle!!!

    Tania

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  25. Such a fun re-use project, Lindy...love the snow, too!

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  26. Hi Lindy! Oh, I love these. You are so creative and I really like the vintage looking ones you've made.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  27. Talk about a great upcycling project! Love it!

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  28. Great idea! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

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  29. So it's people like you hoarding all the old Christmas cards! :p I wanted to find some for MY Christmas ornaments this year, but never stumbled across any!

    Anyway, love you idea! Way cheaper than buying the wooden blanks, which is what I usually do! :D

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  30. What a cute and clever project. I am bookmarking this to try next year. Thank you for sharing.
    CAS

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  31. I've saved my cards for years, too. I can't wait to get some olden cds and make some of these. Just beautiful. I am so not crafty and usually hurt myself with that ole glue gun but it's worth a little pain to have these pretty ornaments. :)))

    A winner yet of the two stockings?

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  32. Lindy...you are a very clever girl! I love this idea and those ornaments are gorgeous!

    CHRISTmas Blessings!
    Gail

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  33. I am so in love with this project! This looks like so much fun for crafting in January for next year's tree (and maybe some pretties for Valentine's Day?)

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  34. That's a great idea! I always wondered what to do with the cards and we always have scratched up CDs around. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

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  35. I found your blog today and so excited about being your new follower. LOVE the CD ornament!

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  36. i LOVE recycled crafts! what a great idea! come on over and link up to MMM :)

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  37. What a fantastic idea!!! And I love that they are recycled! :)

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  38. CUTE CUTE CUTE ORNAMENTS. Love the recycle factor!

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  39. I found you through cottage Hill and I love this! I wanted to invite you to enter my $50 American Express gift card giveaway that is going on for a few more days, and I also have a linky party happening! Keep up the good blogging! -Dana

    http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/12/50-american-express-giveaway-ends.html

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  40. What a great idea. Too late to do them now but I put this idea into my craft file for next year. Thanks for the easy directions too.

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  41. I love these ornaments--what a great idea, thanks!

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  42. Another cute idea, Lindy! I have YET to get that snow, I've been wanting some.

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  43. What a great idea. I am so excited to try this. I have been saving Christmas cards for years. This will be a great way to still enjoy them.

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  44. Fabulous idea! come link up to my Sew Crafty Party!

    http://wildflowersandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2010/12/startin-early-for-orphaned-no-more.html

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  45. What a wonderful idea! I love all the recycle possibilities! These would make great gifts too!

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  46. I love this idea, it's so festive! I going to have to try this one. Have a Merry Christmas! Mary

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  47. Oh that's so great Lindy. just so simple and a very cute ornament you have... very fun and creative idea... very lovely
    Wish you a very Happy Christmas …
    I would love if you come to visit me at
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

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  48. thanks for linking up this project as well...

    your newest follower,
    nicolette

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  49. Lindy, such another great idea. You are so creative and crafty. I'm not very crafty at all. Thanks again for joining.

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  50. What a great idea! I love projects where you can upcycle things! :)

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  51. How pretty, I will have to try this. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  52. This is such a fabulous idea! And I was just going to throw away my old CD's! I can't wait to share this with my daughter and her girls. They need ornaments and this is such a fun craft project to do. Thanks for sharing
    and have a Merry Christmas!

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  53. What a fabulous idea!!!! So many other possibilities too!!! Thank you so much for sharing your idea!!!

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  54. What a fun and clever idea! I need to make a list of everything I'd like to get done for next Christmas. And maybe if I start in January, I'll actually accomplish some of it! LOL Merry Christmas, Lindy. ~Sue

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  55. so pretty! love the vintage ones especially.
    Mary

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  56. Oh My Gosh! I love this. You can bet I'm saving all my Christmas cards for this craft and I must have a ton of old cd's!

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  57. Wow, what a cute way to recycle old cards! I love them.

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  58. Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! Love this idea. The faux snow is perfect! Right up there with the punched reindeer recycled Christmas cards mixed in garland by BHG a while back! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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