Posted on | October 12, 2008 | 2 Comments
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: My mom makes old greeting cards into new ones. First, she buys blank cards and envelopes. Then she crops the “old” art to a size about an inch or two smaller than the covers of the new cards. Finally, she glues the old art to the new cards. That’s it. I’ve seen her create a dozen in an evening.
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: Many years ago I saw directions in a book for how to make wall art from old greeting-less cards. The author cut out nine pieces of wood that were 1 inch thick and the exact dimensions of nine cards. He glued the cards to the wood, varnished them and attached them to the wall in a small grouping. Sadly, I can no longer locate that project, but I found something entirely new instead.
4) Framed Art: Greeting-less cards can also be made into wall art using dollar store picture frames. They will look better if you mat them first with a slice of textured scrapbooking paper.
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. It takes five minutes and you’re done.
6) Gift Tags: Cut a 2″ x 4″ rectangle from an old greeting card. Fold in half. Punch a hole in the upper left hand corner and loop a ribbon through. Unfold an write a message inside.
7) Kitchen Magnets: Cut a 2″ x 2″ square from an old greeting card. Glue onto a magnet sheet bought at a craft store.
8) Ornaments: Cut out two 2″ x 2″ squares from an old greeting card and one 2″ x 2″ square from a slice of felt. Glue the three squares together, with the felt in between the two slices of greeting card. Punch a hole at the top and loop a ribbon through.
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.