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The Recycled-Card Star

A quilt by Clarissa Dodge Marschalk in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum was the inspiration for this project, found in the Colonial Williamsburg book “The Art-Full Tree: Ornaments to Make.”

What you will need:


  1. Using the star template, cut out three stars from the greeting cards. Think about color combinations when placing the template. Using the circle template, cut out three foam circles from the foam tray. Alternately, you can use a 1-1/4 -inch hole punch to cut the circles; the punch is especially handy if you are planning to make several stars. Using the circle template, cut out a circle from the aluminum pie pan.
  2. To create the star: Layer star, foam circle, star, foam circle, star, foam circle, foil circle and button. Stagger the arms of the stars. Stitch together using the needle and floss through the holes of the button.
  3. To create a hanger: Insert a needle with quilting thread into the tip of one arm, and tie off at the desired length for hanging.

Note: You may wish to use a dab of glue between each layer to hold the layers in place while you stitch. To ditch the sewing altogether, glue or use mounting tape throughout.

Download a star and circle template.