Thanks to Rhian for this fab recycling, upcycling guest post
It’s one of the most lucrative industries in the UK, but greeting cards aren’t meant solely for special occasions. If you, like most people, have a box of old cards from years past, it’s time to put them back to good use. You can even get your kids in on the fun with these easy craft projects, so don’t be afraid to show your sentimental side with these five ideas for recycling old greeting cards.
Lacing cards. For younger kids who are too little to work with scissors or glue, you can create a simple activity with some old greeting cards and a hole punch. Simply punch holes along the edges of the card and give them a piece of ribbon or yarn to decorate with. Kids can “thread” the yarn through the holes, using two or three colours to make their cards look original.
Decoupage. Greeting cards, when cut out and glued into a collage, make for great decorations. You can use the art of decoupage to re-purpose your greeting cards as decoration for anything, including jewelry boxes, bangle bracelets, and plant pots.
Photo frames. If you have large frames that don’t fit standard sized photos, you can use greeting cards to make them fit. All you have to do is create a “frame within a frame” by cutting out a piece of cardboard that is the same shape and roughly the same size as the picture frame. Then, glue the fronts of greeting cards to the cardboard and cut a hole in the middle that will display your photo. Place both the cardboard frame and the photo inside the picture frame, and you’ll have a unique way to show off your memories.
Photo credit: Renaissance Chambara
Christmas ornaments. Here’s another easy crafts project that the kids can take part in. Greeting cards, because they already have great designs, are easy to turn into Christmas tree ornaments with a little ribbon. Simply use a plastic cup to trace even circles of the same size onto a collection of old greetings cards (the more diverse, the better). Then, cut out the circles and glue them together back-to-back so that the front of each card is showing. Use a hole punch to create a hole that you can loop ribbon through, and you can hang your ornaments on a tree or a mantle.
Pick-me-up wall quotes. Because sometimes the message of a card is just as fun as the artwork, posting them to the wall of your kids’ bedroom is a good way to recycle. Cut out poems, clever quotes, or heartfelt messages from thank you cards, and stick them to contact paper (to preserve them). Then, post them to a wall in a collage or one at a time.
These projects require little more than scissors, glue, and an active imagination, proving that re-purposing your greeting cards into useful decorations is easy to do. If you’re looking for a way to pass the time with the kids, just pull out your old keepsakes and get to work!