Birthday and holiday cards pile up throughout the years and people often like to display them or have access to their mementos instead of hiding them away in a box or throwing them away. A vintage card basket project is one way to recycle old greeting cards and keep holiday memories. Original vintage card baskets can become valuable collectibles.
Tear the 14 cards at the fold and save the front with the design from each card. Select the best card to be the bottom of the basket that faces up, and another card for the bottom piece that faces down.
Go online and download a "Christmas basket template" such as the one at AllFreeCrafts.com. Print the template on card stock and cut out the two template pieces with scissors.
Punch out the pre-marked holes in the templates using a 1/8 inch hole puncher.
Take the two pre-selected cards and trace the bottom template onto the backside of the cards, taking care to center the design on the template.
Trace around the holes in the templates to mark the punch holes onto the cards, then cut out the two bottom pieces with scissors.
Punch holes through both bottom pieces, then glue the bottom pieces with the holes lined up and back sides together.
Take the other 12 cards, and trace the side template onto the back of the cards, centering the design within the template.
Trace the holes onto the card pieces, and cut out the side pieces with scissors. Punch holes at the marked dots with the hole puncher on all of the card pieces.
Take two of the side pieces and glue them together with the right side facing out, then pair up and glue the remaining side pieces; set aside.
Thread the tapestry needle with 18 to 20 inches of crochet thread, take the first side pair, put the needle through a hole and tie off the thread end to secure it.
Place another card pair on the first one, so the sides line up and sew through the punched holes along the sides using a blanket stitch, then tie off the thread.
Add on another card pair onto one side of the sewn cards, line up the side holes, and stitch together with crochet thread.
Continue adding side pieces and sewing them together, connecting the last side to the first side piece and sew into a ring.
Add the bottom cards to the bottom of the side pieces, line up the holes and sew together to make a basket.
Sew through the holes around the top of the basket using a blanket stitch to finish the basket, and tie off the crochet thread to secure it.
If the templates do not have premarked holes to punch, punch holes around the outside of the templates 1/4 inch apart and 1/4 inch inside the template edge before tracing onto the cards.