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01 November 2015

Handmade Thanksgiving Placecards or Christmas Cards

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Christmas is still a ways off, but getting cards out will come upon us quicker than we think! It always sneaks up on me at least...every year without fail. If you cannot think about Christmas QUITE yet, these card ideas also make for pretty Thanksgiving place cards or even "Thanks" cards to send a little earlier in the year and with a little more thought than a rushed Christmas card. Today, I want to show you two super simple options: a metal accent card and a fun plant-able card! Let's start with the high impact, low cost metal accents, shall we?

Handmade Plantable Christmas Cards

Supplies - Metal Accent Cards:

Metal Trees - 2 inch
Metal Stars - assorted sizes
Metal Snowflakes - 1 1/2 inch
Hot Glue
Handmade Plantable Christmas Cards

These cards are incredibly simple, but have such a nice weight and texture thanks to the little rusted tin pieces.  The metal accents are inexpensive and look beautiful against the 'Kraft' natural brown cards.  Start by simply hot gluing your shapes onto the cards in whatever design you choose.  Then you get to add some more detail!  For the tree card, I threaded a large craft needle with baker's twine:

Handmade Plantable Christmas Cards

Then, simply wrap a lit of twine around each tree base.  That tiny bit of texture is perfect for these rustic cards!

Handmade Plantable Christmas Cards
For the stars, I simply added in text with a thin-tipped marker.
Handmade Plantable Christmas Cards
For the snowflake card, I used gold marker to repeat "let it snow"! under the metal accents.
Handmade Plantable Christmas Cards

Supplies - Plant-able Stars:

Scrap Paper
Water
Seeds
Blender
Egg White, Honey and small paint brush
Christmas Card with plantable Marigold seeds by Amy Renea for Crafts Unleashed Ripped Paper
    Let me be honest with you.  This card takes some time and patience and is NOT one you would want to mass produce for lots and lots of family and friends.  (For that, try the metal accent cards above!)  These recycled paper plantable stars are PERFECT for a fun kid's craft or very special card for the gardener in your family.  The supplies are minimal and very cheap!  Start by ripping up some scrap paper and place in a bowl of water.  Blend the "mush" in a blender.  I use a "garden blender" for craft projects, "moss shakes", etc so that I don't dull the blade on my nice blender. You might consider a cheap thrift store blender for projects like this!  If you are using small seeds, add them in now with a SPOON, not your blender.  Once you have pulp, simply pour it onto your star "screen".

Christmas Card with plantable Marigold seeds by Amy Renea for Crafts Unleashed 3

Push the water through the screen and either push straight to the edges, or form star points with your fingers (below).

Christmas Card with plantable Marigold seeds by Amy Renea for Crafts Unleashed 4

Add a layer of egg white and honey to the top of the card if you want to add large seeds to your paper star.  
The egg whites and honey serve as an adhesive.  *****Cards MUST dry at least 24-48 hours!******
Christmas Card with plantable Marigold seeds by Amy Renea for Crafts Unleashed 2
All ingredients are technically edible, but DON'T EAT IT!
Christmas Card with plantable Marigold seeds by Amy Renea for Crafts Unleashed
I like packaging the little stars in a burlap pouch (just sew up three edges), but a regular envelope works too!
Plantable Star Cards and Metal Accents


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