I found this last night when looking for ways to recycle old cards.... Making a ball out of old cards at ThriftyFun.com I should have been more specific in my search....lol... I was looking for what to do with all these decks of playing cards my sister brought to me! This project idea popped up, and I thought "wow, just make this from those cards!". Well, I made the templates and chose the face cards from the deck along with a few diamonds and hearts, and cut the circles out with pinking shears. But once I took a second look, I decided to use the golden yellow backs of the deck. I have to be honest here, I was sloppy in cutting the circles after I carefully drew them out with the template. And I was sloppy folding the circles...all this made for a lop-sided ball! It was harder to make the smaller circles fold like I wanted them to with the playing cards. I think because they were pretty stiff. But I got the hang of it. This is easy enough for an older child, I really would recomment the paper clips to hold them til they dry. I couldn't find paper clips but I did have plenty of bobby pins :D and they worked great. So with all the cards I have, I think I'm going to make 3 more nice and neat ones to hang from the ceiling over the coffee table for Christmas.
A deck discarded from Imperial Palace casino
The card ball put together. I used a piece of cotton crochet thread to hang it, only because I found it before I found the fishing line :D I'm lazy like that! The new ones will have fishing line and be much much neater!!