Hi there! It’s time once again for our monthly Thrifty Chick’s challenge, where a select group of bloggers create projects based on a specific item. This month, it’s books. I took pages from a vintage music book and used them as part of my project, along with vintage-inspired scrapbook paper and vintage Christmas cards.
You can replicate this project with a few supplies you might already have on hand, along with my free printable that contains four vintage Christmas cards, including the two that I used for today’s projects. How about we get started making our vintage Christmas card decoration?
I purchased this card and the others on the free printable at the World’s Largest Garage Sale in Warrensburg (NY) this past October. I paid $10 for a very large bag of holiday cards; I’m still going through them all(!).
Be sure to check out each of the other Thrifty Chick’s book-related projects!
Cardboard (8″ x 10″)
Modge Podge or glue stick
The most difficult part of this project is selecting the various colors and patterns of paper that will both coordinate with each other and compliment the image on the card you choose to use. For this wonderful Santa image, I chose gold and red for matting…
…and two different green patterns and the music page for the background.
I also made a similar decoration using a snowman card, and I chose light blue and red to matte it. You can use Modge Podge or a glue stick to create a double-matte for the card.
I chose a navy blue and a light blue piece of scrapbook paper to use as the background, along with the vintage music page.
Glue your first piece of background paper (cut to 8″ x 10″) to your cardboard using Modge Podge or a glue stick.
Next, cut your music page to approximately 7.5″ x 9.5″ and glue it to the center of your page.
Cut your second piece of scrapbook paper to approximately 6″ x 7″ and glue it on top of your music page.
Glue your matted card off-center, on the right side.
Cut a 10″ piece of wide, coordinating ribbon and glue it to your project (down the left hand side). I applied a line of Modge Podge down the center and then covered up the glue line with a piece of thin ribbon that I just lightly tacked in place in the exact spot where I glued my bow.
[Note: On my snowman decoration, I actually used three layers of ribbon.]
The finished product is headed to the Shaker Craft Fair, priced at $15.00.
I have already sold one of these Santa decorations at the fair. Like the snow couple, this one will be available there for $15.00.
Please be sure to visit my fellow Thrifty Chicks to discover their creative, book-related projects. You don’t want to miss them!
1. How to Create a Holiday Vase by Recycling a Bottle by Shoppe No. 5
2. Vintage Christmas Card Decoration + Free Printable by Adirondack Girl @ Heart (you are here!)
3. How to Make an Easy Book Tree by Lora B.’s Create & Ponder
4. DIY Secret Safe by Little Vintage Cottage
5. Book Wreath Made Out of Vintage Mini Books by Thrifty Rebel Vintage
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