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Jingle Bell Holiday Card

This card will jingle all the way to your recipient's mailbox.

What You Need

  • Jingle bells
  • Green scrapbooking paper
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Narrow ribbon
  • White card stock
  • Crafts knife
  • Silver paper
  • Double-stick tape
  • Crafts glue

How to Make It

  1. Arrange bells in a circle to determine the size of the finished wreath and draw the circle on the green paper to use as a template.
  2. Hot-glue the bells onto the green paper, covering the drawn circle.
  3. Make a bow from ribbon and hot-glue in place.
  4. To create the basic card, cut a piece of cardstock the desired size and fold in half.
  5. Use a crafts knife to cut a square opening in the front of the card.
  6. Cut a mat from a piece of silver paper to fit inside the card front opening.
  7. Use tape to adhere the silver mat on the back side of the card front.
  8. Tape the green paper with the wreath on the back side of the card front, centering the wreath in the opening.
  9. Create a ribbon frame around the card front window and adhere with glue.

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