Decoupage Christmas Card Balls

Decoupage Christmas Card Balls
Decoupage Christmas Card Balls
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If you're a saver like me, you have plenty of old cards on hand to create some fun decoupage Christmas Card Balls. I took inexpensive paper maché balls and covered them with torn bits from last year's Christmas cards! Display in a bowl, in a basket, on your mantle or on a footed plate as I did in this photo. Accent with holiday greenery.

What you need

Christmas cards
Styrofoam or paper maché balls
Decoupage medium
Paint brush

What you do

First, decide if you would like a theme: a certain color; a subject like angels or nativity; or keepsake pictures from your friend and family's photo cards.

Then, look through your cards to find pictures that can be torn into a small piece, yet still be identifiable. Begin tearing them out in irregular shapes. Keep the pieces in scale with the size of the balls. Use the artwork on the front of the card, as well as verses from inside. Prepare plenty of pieces before beginning to decoupage.

Next, begin applying the paper shapes to the balls using the decoupage. Follow the instructions on the back of your brand of glue, but generally you will coat the back of each torn piece using a brush or sponge, place the paper onto the ball, then brush over the top of that with another 1-2 coats. Overlap as you go, so none of the original ball shows through.

You could also purchase those plain brown assorted paper maché ornaments - they have a hanging loop attached. Decorate them using this same technique.

Note to all Glitter Girls: Select a sparkly theme such as gold or silver and snazz these up with dabs of glitter or tiny shiny beads glued on after decoupaging.


About The Author

Jeanne Winters is a wife, mother of two, designer, and author of Inspirational Home: simple ideas for uplifting decor and craft. This project was reprinted with permission.