We all have that stack of beautiful cards and photos at the end of the year that either have be recycled, tossed or stored away for years and years, gathering dust. But what if there were a way to re use or display those cards in a meaningful way? Well, Virginia, there is!
Throw a Leftovers Party!
Invite your friends over for a smorgasbord of leftover holiday goods, have them bring their own and then while they’re at it, have them bring those cards and photos over. From these cards and photos, you’ll create ornaments to hang on your tree or attach several to a wide ribbon on yard thread to create a garland to hang up next year!
All you’ll need are scissors, regular and the fancy edged kind, cardstock, felt, glue gun, ribbon for hangers or garland and little embellishments like rhinestones, ribbon flowers, feathers and sequins!
- Heat up glue gun
- If you don’t have a large circle punch, use a drinking glass, place it over the spot of the Christmas card you want and trace around the spot and cut out.
- Use a piece of felt or cardstock as the backing, but larger than the piece you just cut out to create a border around the edges.
- Mix it up and create sturdier ornaments or pieces with more than one color of felt, cut the same shape of felt, but slightly larger than the original shape and glue those pieces together.
- Apply glue with glue gun to the back of the Christmas card piece. Apply small amount of glue the center and the corners and press down. Be careful not to use too much or it’ll ooze out the sides!
- About 6 inches of ribbon, folded in half is enough for a hanger. Glue down both ends to the back of the ornament.
- Cut a small piece of felt about an inch wide and the same length as the ornament and glue over the spot where the ribbon joins the ornament. This gives not only a finished look, but helps hold the hanger to the ornament.
- Add embellishments! Flowers, jewels, bows or ribbon around the edges.
- If creating garland, follow all of the above steps, but attach the ornaments to the wide ribbon directly, hang on with hangers or use a 4 inch piece of ribbon, attach one end to the back of the ornament and the other end around the yarn or ribbon, tightly, to hold in place.
Since everything being served is leftovers, preparation has never been easier! Reheat, place on plates (keep it simple!) but do add twists. A new dipping sauce, extra spices and creativity are a must!
For example, I had leftover chicken pieces, baked and coated in pecans and panko. There were served with a cranberry Dijon sauce. Instead, I reheated the chicken, but served alongside it a Thai peanut sauce as an alternative. It made the dish brand new again!