Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Creative and fun ways to recycle your cards

During Christmas you don't just get lots of presents, you will get lots of cards too. There are many fun and creative ways to reuse these cards too. So don't throw away all your lovely cards.

For those of us who celebrate other occasions like Chinese New Year, Deepavalli(Indians), Aidul Fitri(Muslims)etc, do try out these activities as well with the cards you receive!

Greeting Card Box

What You Need:
An old greeting card -- or two or three.
A ruler or straight edge.
A pencil.
A pair of scissors.
Crayons or markers for decorating.

What You Do:
First, get an old greeting card.

Next, rip it in half at the fold.

Using your ruler, make an "X" on the card by drawing two lines that cross at the center of the card.

Fold the edges of all four sides of the paper over to the middle of the cross.

Cut the red lines as shown in the diagram.

Fold the tabs in to create a box and tape the box together.

To create a lid for the box, do the same as above, only instead of folding the edges to the point of the cross, fold them slightly outward so the lid will be larger than the bottom.

Homemade decorations or baby mobile

Cut shapes out of the cards in matching pairs. Hearts work nicely, as do simple Christmas tree shapes and even plain squares and circles. Stick the cards back to back and laminate them, then punch a hole in them and use to make a colourful and child-friendly mobile or “string” to decorate next year. You could add to this every year. As a variation, you could back each shape with a plain-coloured piece of card or construction paper and write on it the date and name of the person who sent the card.


Make some Christmas confetti to use next year. Use either a plain hole punch or a special Christmas one (both together look great) and choose the most colourful areas from each card to cut. Gold and silver looks very effective, especially mixed in with red and green. Small scraps of left-over wrapping paper can be used too. You can keep the children busy with this for hours!

Gift Bags

Make gift bags for next year by saving smart paper bags. Cut a nice shape out of each card and stick it to the front of the bag (covering any shop labels if necessary). Add a little ribbon bow just above the card and wrap your present in tissue paper before putting it into the bag. This looks lovely with brown paper bags and tartan ribbons.

Small Cards

Some designs can be cut and folded into miniature Christmas cards for the kids to give next year, or for decorating the dolls house.

Greeting Card Bookmark

What You Need:

Used Greeting Cards
Posterboard or Cardboard
Crayons, Markers, or Paint

What You Do:

Cut a strip from the posterboard or thin cardboard, about 8-inches x 2-inches. Cut out the picture on the front of a greeting card. Glue the picture at the top of the strip. Allow the glue to dry.

Write an message on the strip if you want. If the bookmark is a gift, you can simply write "to:" and "From:". If your picture is a Christmasy picture, write a Christmas message on your strip.

To make your bookmark more durable, cover it with clear contact paper or laminate it.

Gift Tags

A traditional activity, but one which never fails to amuse the kids, is making gift tags for next year's presents. Use pinking sheers, a hole punch, and leftover ribbon. (Similar to making book marks)

Greeting Card Placemat

What You Need:

Large Sheet of Construction Paper
Used Greeting Cards
Clear Contact Paper or Laminate

What You Do:

greeting cards. You can also cut out specific shapes such as all circles, stars, etc. Arrange your cut-outs on the paper in whatever arrangement you want, and glue them into place. Allow the glue to dry.

Cover both sides of your placemat with clear contact paper, or laminate it. Trim around your placemat and you are all done!

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Jerri said...

good ideas. thanks for posting!

Sammie said...

Great ideas for recycling Christmas cards. Love your blog, as it gives my children many fun projects to create. Keep up the good work!