Introduction: Christmas/New Year's Decoration (from Old Calendar and Empty Can)

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It’s the end of the year and old calendars are being thrown away. Here’s an idea how to use them and transform to New Year decoration.


 

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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Here are the materials and tools you will be needed:

1. old calendar,
2. empty can,
3. needle,
4. diagonal cutting pliers
5. needle nose pliers.
6. scissors
7. steel wool

Scissors and steel wool are missing on the picture below but you can see them on step 2. 



 

Step 2: Handling the Can

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Cut out the can (picture 1) and clean the front side of it with the steel wool (picture 2).

Step 3: Making the Stars

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It's time to make some stars. 

Make stencils out of paper in the shapes of a star in different sizes (picture 1), put them on the prepared piece of tin and cut the stars out (picture 2).

Make holes at the two opposite ends of the star using a needle (picture 3).

Step 4: Ring Tags

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Cut out the spiral from the old calendar in order to get ring tags (picture 1). 

Connect the ring tags into a chain taking care that the ends are overlapping so that the chain would be stronger (pictures 2 and 3).

Step 5: Finish

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Hang cut out stars through holes on the chain and you get a Christmas tree decoration (pictures 1 and 2).

Other option 

If you curve the wire from the calendar at the ends (picture 3) and hang star chains on it you can get a wall or shelf decoration (pictures 4 and 5). Here you have to pay attention to making a balance on the wire and fix it with some glue so that the chains wouldn’t slide down.

Now you can enjoy your Christmas/New Years decoration!

Comments

mslaynie (author)2011-03-25

These are lovely, and I love the recycling idea of them. However, I'd be very concerned about the sharp edges on the stars. If one has children (or someone who happens to be as clumsy as I am) in the house, these could be pretty dangerous.

I wonder if there's something you could do to make them less sharp?

ndolas (author)mslaynie2011-03-29

Maybe you can try to make a little bit roundy edges, there is no need to be that sharp. I am glad you like the idea :)

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