10 Crafty Ways To Recycle Greeting Cards
I was trolling the newsgroups today and I saw a discussion on ways to use old greeting cards. The discussion never got too far, but it did get me thinking. Here are some of the ways to recycle old greeting cards that I’ve read about, tried out, or heard about over the years.
1) New Greeting Cards: Make old greeting cards into new ones. First, buy blank cards and envelopes. Then cut the old cards into designs. Finally, glue the old art to the new cards.
2) Sewing Cards: Glue the front and back covers of the card together. Punch holes around the edges. Make a knot in a new shoelace and show your child how to sew.
3) Wall Art: Greeting cards can be made into attractive wall art. First glue the cards onto small pieces of foam core board for height. Then glue the individual cards to one large sheet.
4) Framed Art: Greeting-less cards can also be made into wall art using dollar store picture frames.
5) Bookmarks: I used to make bookmarks out of old greeting cards. First, use a strip of paper or old bookmark to draw a pattern on the card. Second, use a paper cutter, fancy scrapbooking scissors or plain scissors to cut out the pattern. Third, punch a hole in the top, attach a ribbon, yarn or skein of x-stitch thread. If you want to get fancy, stitch the edges.
6) Gift Tags: Cut a 2″ x 4″ rectangle from an old greeting card. Punch a hole in the upper left hand corner and loop a ribbon through. Unfold an write a message inside.
7) Kitchen Magnets: Cut old greeting cards to fit clear gems. Cover the back of the gems with magnet tape.
8) Garland: Punch medium circles from old greeting. Sew together with a machine.
9) Origami: Recycled greeting cards are perfect for origami. Tiny boxes are easy and fun to make.
10) Kids Toys: An old greeting card can be passed on to the kids to play with. Collage, make-believe or decoupage projects are some of the things kids can use them for.