Cool Ways to Reuse Those Greeting Cards - Christmas, Valentine's, Mother's Day
What to Do With All Those Cards When The Holiday is Over!
Ah, the card tree (or ring or other display option). So lovely and appropriate during a holiday season like Christmas or Easter, but just a pile of paper once the next month hits. Is there life for the greeting card beyond Christmas or Valentine's Day or Mother's Day? You bet! Are those beautiful pieces of art destined to just become trash or shredded recycling? No, I say!
There are tons of crafts you can do that call for greeting cards and - hey! You just happen to have some now! None of these great ideas are unique to me. I've just collected some of the best ones I was able to find to help you out.
So crack out the glue and scissors and let's get started!
Small Gift Boxes & Containers Using Greeting Cards
Great for food, candles or other tiny gifts from holiday cards
Nice small gift boxes are a pain to find. But with these containers, you can make them to just the size you need and beautiful to boot. Perfect for little boxes of candy for teachers' gifts, homemade jewelry or other small item.
Supplies: Cards, glue stick, paper to cover inside over writing, scissors (optional: paper cutter), ruler, double-stick tape
Tiny gift boxes
Supplies: One card, scissors, pencil, glue
Supplies: 14 used holiday or greeting cards, white glue, yarn in complementary colors, computer and printer with paper, printable pattern (found on directions page), scissors, yarn needle, small but sharp-pointed scissors, sharp awl or similar item to poke holes through two cards glued together, optional: crochet hook
I've seen baskets like this for sale on antique websites; the one to the right I found on eBay. Definitely not a new idea! Also don't be afraid to get creative with your size and shape as you cut the cards. I've seen curved ones, ones with lids, buttons added for decoration and more. Check out the vintage greeting card basket group on flickr for some inspiration.
Hexagon box with lid
Supplies: 16 cards 4 1/2" x 6", stick glue or all purpose white glue, small amount glitter yarn, paper punch 1/4" round hole, scissors or cutting mat and rotary cutter, pencil or pen, size G/6 aluminum crochet hook, tapestry needle
Supplies: Four holiday or greeting cards (try picking ones with similar colors or themes), small hole punch, embroidery thread (coordinate the color with your cards) , needle, pin
More on Making Gift Boxes - Should you need bigger boxes or further inspiration
Includes 13 original designs, as well as decorative pages for you to use to start making boxes right away.
Highly detailed instructions and a great source for all the supplies you'd need.
Ornaments & Decorations Using Greeting Cards
Ornaments are one of the more common ways people re-use greeting cards. So here are a few different styles to choose from. Go with a random mix of colors like in the pictures or sort your cards by color to create a more cohesive look. You could even use the written on parts as artistic look by adding more writing or cover it up with wrapping paper.
Supplies: used Christmas cards, pencil, scissors, tacky glue, gold cord or ribbon, round template or large coin as shown in directions, optional: glitter hot glue sticks, glitter or sequins
These might be for Christmas but think about other occasions when you make them. I've seen some especially lovely ones made from wedding cards.
Image by Quiet Here on flickr and used under CC license.
Supplies: tons of cards, scissors, pen, ruler, cardstock to print pattern for body, glue
Supplies: one or two cards for each angel, wooden beads, doll hair or yarn, fine black permanent marker, gold or silver chenille stem or brass wire, glass, saucer or compass and pencil, acrylic flesh colored paint, glue, optional - stapler, optional - ribbon or cord if you wish to attach a hanger, optional - paint, sequins, glitter or additional decorations
Gifts to Make Using Holiday Cards
These are nice things to use just about any kind of greeting card for. Festive birthday cards, wedding wrapping paper - all make great options for making gifts later for others. The more special the occasion the card was for, the more special a handmade gift from it!
Sorry, I don't have pictures to go with most of these.
Directions from craftydaisies.com (which has apparently been infected with malware, so I don't have links to the directions anymore. The image to the right is from there also.)
I love this one because you can use your left-over wrapping paper as well.
Supplies: paper (of all kinds), ruler, yarn, embroidery thread, sewing and embroidery needles, a Popsicle stick, heavy books, buttons, other random crafty bits
Supplies: Used greeting cards, posterboard or cardboard, crayons, markers, or paint, glue
Supplies: Holiday or greeting card, glue, potpourri or essential oils, hole punch, ribbon
There are several ways you could go about this one. But basically, you're making a little pocket with the card(s). Do it with one single card - giving the pocket a plain back - or put two fronts together for more color. Glue the cards or lace them together. Then just put the potpourri or cotton ball with essential oils down inside. Close up the top with glue, lacing or just add a couple of holes to thread some ribbon. Then you can use the ribbon to hang the sachets around the house.
An obvious idea using just the front of the card, which can be cut down to the required size for a postcard. You know what the other side of a postcard is supposed to look like, so draw your line down the middle and you're done. Great way to send thank-yous or even as your holiday cards next year.
Another great way to use the blank side of the front. Save up the cards, then use them to put special recipes on the back side. Add them into a card, gift or package as a little bonus gift. Love this as an idea for a wedding or baby shower gift add on. (Obviously not for a Christmas card, but probably a good way to reuse a birthday card.)
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Other Simple, Quick & Easy Ideas Using Greeting Cards
Supplies: old holiday or greeting cards, popsicle sticks, craft sticks or even plastic straws, white glue, kid-safe scissors, bowl or vase, filler weight for the vase (rice, beans, sand etc.) to support the puppets, Optional: white silk poinsettia flower,
Supplies: Cards, 11x17 paper, scissors, glue, lamination supplies (clear contact paper will do)
This is actually a fun thing to do with your kids. Again, you can pick cards that are kind of random, have a theme or blend together by colors. Nice way to make a holiday tradition. Make new ones every year with cards from the previous year.
Just make a collage with your favorite pictures - random or rows or however you want to arrange them. Glue them to the paper, then laminate them. The weight of the heavier paper of the cards will give it substance, and the contact paper will keep the paper perfect over the years.
Another fun thing to do with the kids. And pretty self-explanatory. Make the confetti with a regular old hole punch or some special Christmas punches of various sizes. The mix would actually be nice; the round punches look like ornaments, then mix them with tree shapes and nice look. Given how long it would take to do the punching, you could keep your kids occupied for hours.
Supplies: Greeting cards, tacky glue, jumbo craft sticks, scissors, Exacto-Knife with sharp blade, tape
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