Confession: I really, really dislike throwing away greeting/holiday cards. I think to myself, “Somebody paid a small fortune for this card for me, and I looked at it for five minutes, displayed it for a week or two and now I’m pitching it.” I feel wasteful throwing them away.
So for the past four Christmases, I’ve kept every single card I’ve received. I always planned on doing something with them, but really didn’t have a specific game plan. I think Christmas cards are mini works of art, and for me, the more glitter the better. They’re too pretty to pitch. So I came up with a little idea.
Here’s what you need:
- Stencils or cookie cutters
- Scissors or pinking shears
- You inner kid for the patience to trace and cut again, or an actual kid who is good with pair of scissors
I used bell and tree-shaped cookie cutters for my tags or just cut along free standing shapes like squares or ovals. I alternated between scissors and pinking shears for the edges of the tags. Sometimes I cut out specific spots on the card that I wanted on the tag, other times I went for words or maybe I just wanted a tag with lots of glitter. Tip: Make sure when you’re tracing the stencils/cookie cutters that the back of the tag is blank so you can write the recipient’s name.
I plan on punching holes in them and threading them with ribbon to attach them to gifts or just use tape to tack ’em on. Yes, I will miss the ease of self-stick kinds of tags, but I think these are much more beautiful and practical. Oh yeah – they didn’t cost me a dime.
There are a few other projects you can create with old cards as well. I made ornaments out of them in elementary school and I recommend for a fun kid project. Martha Stewart has some good directions at this link. WikiHow has a fantastic page with 14 different uses for cards, including making gift boxes, bookmarks, post cards and more.
What do you do with your old cards?