Tuesday, January 25, 2011

* Valentine's Day Craft: Recycled Valentine's Day Card Basket

 Once upon a time, before my life was filled with small children,
I had time for collections. 

I collected: Pink Depression Glass, Handkerchiefs,
1950s Head Vases, and Victorian era - 1940s Post Cards. 
I haven't given much time or attention to any of those collections for several years. 

I still use my pink glass dishes, the girls play with more than two-thirds of my 
hankie collection in their on-going stuffed animal and "house" games,
and my head vases are on display in my kitchen
(always get some interesting comments on those!)

When I saw the Vintage Card Basket (see photo below) on Etsy last year
at Artsy Mama's Etsy Shopit was love at first site.
I had been on the look-out for a card basket for several years
but it's hard to find one when you don't spend time 
at flea markets or antique stores anymore!

I ordered it and was over the moon when it arrived.
It has a place of honor in my art studio holding sewing notions on my sewing table. 

Of course, I wanted to try my hand at making our own
so last year, we recycled some of our favorite  
Valentine's Day Cards into a card basket/bowl of our own!

To start, I printed out a template I found here:
I traced it onto a piece of manilla folder (sturdier for multiple tracings).

They also have great directions--
that I should have followed instead of just winging it.

You'll need 14 cards for this project (or kid drawings on card stock!)

You'll trace 12 "side" pieces  and 2 "bottom" pieces.

They used white glue and I didn't --
my life would have been easier if I had tacked mine together with a dab of glue. 

My pieces kept slipping around and that wasn't fun during the sewing part. 

You'll use a hole punch to punch holes evenly
around the edges of each piece and yarn 
(or embroidery thread) with a fat embroidery needle to sew the basket together.

Here's the bottom.
Like I said, should have followed the directions --
this is not the best sewing job!

A handy little bowl to hold your treasures!

Happy Re-Cycled Crafting!

pink and green mama, MaryLea

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