How To Make A Quarter Fold Card Out of Recycled Paper

Do you like to give cards to people? Personally, I like to save my greeting cards, but I have seen many people toss these in the trash as if these beautiful treasures were worthless. My personal recommendation is to make a scrapbook with all of your cards, which is a great memento that you can look back on in the years to come. However, how can you help the environment when it comes to your card making? Try making a quarter-fold card out of recycled paper, which is a great idea for upcoming holidays such as Mother's Day. Quarter fold cards made out of recycled paper are also great creation for birthdays, and pretty much any other occasion that warrants making a card. Some people like to buy stamps and design their cards that way, but I am into drawing my very own pictures! Follow the steps of this tutorial to see how I made my own center fold card.

Here is the greeting card I made out of recycled paper.
Here is the greeting card I made out of recycled paper.

Step One: Start With A Piece of Used Paper

Start with a piece of already used printer paper.
Start with a piece of already used printer paper.

Every day people print out pages they will probably never use again, but you can give this paper new life! For instance, ever notice how the last page of some articles only have one line? So what are you going to do with that piece of paper that has just one line? Sometimes the last page of an article is filled with gibberish and ads, so go ahead and turn this piece of paper into a card.

Step Two: Fold The Paper In Half

Fold the piece of paper in half.
Fold the piece of paper in half.

If you are making a large card you can just fold the card in half, but I decided to make a smaller card for this project.

Step Three: Fold The Paper In Half Again

Here I have folded the paper into a quarter section.
Here I have folded the paper into a quarter section.
Here is what the card looks like standing up.
Here is what the card looks like standing up.

In the third step fold the card into a quarter section, which means there would be four squares if you opened this card up. Quarter fold cards are an ideal way to fold a piece of paper into a small card. Now it is time to decorate our blank card.

Step Four: Draw The Picture

Here I have drawn a tropical scene.
Here I have drawn a tropical scene.

One of my favorite things to draw are tropical scenes, so that is what I decided to do with this card. Draw a picture that you like, or one that you think a friend would enjoy.

Step Five: Color In The Ocean

Here I used a deco-aqua colored pencil to capture the essence of a Hawaiian ocean.
Here I used a deco-aqua colored pencil to capture the essence of a Hawaiian ocean.

Coloring in the picture is fun because I get to decide what pigments I want to use. When you take a picture you cannot decide what color the sky or the ocean will be, well that is unless you use photo editing software.  However, how can using photo editing software be as fun as drawing?  Coloring in the ocean with a deco-aqua colored pencil came to me because this shade most reminded me of the ocean. The shading of ripples with the number two pencil gives the water a more realistic effect.

Step Six: Color The Trunks of The Palm Trees

Here I have added the grey color to the trunks of the palm trees.
Here I have added the grey color to the trunks of the palm trees.

Here I used a grey colored pencil to add pigment to the trunks of the palm trees. This grey is very soothing and looks nice juxtaposed the deco-aqua color.

Step Seven: Color The Palm Fronds

Here I used two different colors of green for the palm fronds.
Here I used two different colors of green for the palm fronds.

Here I added two different colors of green to the palm fronds, which gives the tree some depth.  I like how the pencil drawing helps the individual fronds stand out.

Step Eight: The Finishing Touches

Here I finished coloring in the sky, the surrounding foliage, and the hills in the background.
Here I finished coloring in the sky, the surrounding foliage, and the hills in the background.

Finish coloring the rest of the card. Here I have added various shades of green to capture the lush foliage of a Hawaiian island. Have fun and do not forget to experiment when creating your own handmade cards. Recycling old computer paper is a great way to give new life to something that would have ended up in the waste heap. Quarter-fold cards also are the perfect size for framing as small pictures, which is what I may just do with this picture here since I like it.

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RooBee 7 years ago from Here

Nice! I love the idea of using recycled paper and making your own - I have spent waaay too much on cards in my lifetime, that's for sure.

Thanks, too, for the idea of putting the cards into a scrapbook. I am so doing that! I have a whole drawer full of meaningful cards that I don't know what to do with but don't want to throw away. This is perfect!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi RooBee,

When I first heard about the scrap booking craze back in 2001 or so I thought it was so not for me because it was about buying overpriced books and supplies to do it with.  However, then I learned your scrapbook can be as simple or as elegant as you want, or as expensive or inexpensive as you like.  My mom even made a scrapbook in girl scouts, which shows it is a project kids can really get into.

The scrapbook I am using at the moment is a basic photo album, but I found a nicer one that my dad found for me at a second hand store.  I hope you have fun thinking of ideas on how to store your cards.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

SweetiePie, nice hub. I just love different fabulous paper to use as cards and for scrapbooking. Usually over the summer months I usually make a big batch of homemade paper which I can then use the rest of the year for all the greeting cards etc.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Zsuzsy Bee,

I have experimented in the past with making paper, but I think I should try it again.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I think people would appreicate hand-made cards better. I kept all of my greeting cards and one of my favorites was from my little sister made out of glitter and hand painted words.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

mayhmong,

I think you are right about people keeping handmade cards because these are just so much more sincere. That is so sweet that you love your little sister's card.


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packerpack 7 years ago from India, Calcutta

Good one! This reminds me of papercutting art that I did in my school days :) This is a good and simple tutorial but to do this I have to take the help of my little cousin because if I try to draw one then it will look anything but a card ;)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I hope you have fun if your try this packerpack.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Not only can you write, produce amazing crafts, you can draw, wow Sweetie is there anything you cannot do?


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Not only can you write, produce amazing crafts, you can draw, wow Sweetie is there anything you cannot do?


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

You are so sweet blondepoet. I think you are a very great poet by the way, hence your name!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Aww thanks SweetiePie that means a lot


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

SweetiePie,

Love it when you reuse the paper. That is great because we need to not waste. It is good that you are promoting it too. Nice card and keep up the great job!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi C.S. Alexis,

I feel we need to recycle as much as possible now with climate change and all that. The weather is so erratic here in Southern California, so I know pollution is definitely taking its toil on our environment. To me recycling paper to make a card is a simple thing we all could do, especially since so many people throw away the store bought ones. I hope maybe people do not as readily throw away the handmade cards.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

that's fantastic, you have a real gift for it!

We never waste paper here, Isaac's drawings all have legal stuff on the other side. He's currently working his way through three copies of a Court of Appeal case I did last year (-:


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi LondonGirl,

I like making cards and paper out of old used paper, so iti s good to hear others do the same thing. Fliers from school are great for this too because I do not know about the UK, but here in the US they are always sending home things with the kids, such as soccer and hockey sign up. I do not see the point of wasting that paper, so my sister has her kids draw on it. The back side of legal paper is fun too because it is larger.


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mega1 7 years ago

Very nice and helpful! People are lucky to get a card from you!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Mega1,

Handmade cards just say love. I appreciate your stopping by.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Nice idea and so eco friendly


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for the nice comment on my card Ethel!


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Like your step by step guide, that's great. I love making my own cards, it's just more personal and thoughtful. Thanks for the good tips here.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoy making cards as well Fluffy77!


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prettydarkhorse 9 months ago from US

That helps item by item point step.


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SweetiePie 9 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

I used to make a lot of step by step hubs, back in the day.

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