How to Recycle your Christmas Cards
I have mixed feelings about Christmas Cards. On one hand I love hearing from old friends, but they quickly begin to take over all the surfaces in the house. This year with a bit of blue tac I managed to keep on top of them.
Shortly after Christmas, that urge to de-Christmas my house set in, but what do you do with all the old cards? There are local schemes that recycle them for you, but as we had a few more days off school, I was looking for an activity to entertain my 7 year old.
Over the years we have made Mosaic Placemats with them, Thank you cards and Christmas tags. I had a quick look on Pinterest and came across an idea from Party Planning Center for creating Christmas Garland with them. I have a personal hatred of the store bought shiny garland so this was a perfect solution and it was relatively easy.
The most difficult part was locating a 2″ Circular Craft Punch, like any other time we decide to craft it always results in a trip to the shops as we aren’t well stocked in the craft department. I managed to find one at Hobbycraft.
I think they’re fairly self explanatory but the full instructions can be found at the link below.
How to Make Christmas Decorations with Recycle Paper
Now that we have the circular punch, we thought we’d do a few Thank you cards while we were at it.
What do you do with all your old Christmas Cards? Do you have any other craft activities I can use my punch for?
What on earth can you do with all the left over wrapping paper? It takes you ages to wrap them and about 5 seconds for the kids to tear them apart. If I’m honest we do burn a lot of it but I do hold a small selection back for crafting.
I’ve done this in the past for Birthdays but decided to do it again for Christmas as it’s incredibly easy. I’m a bit of a stickler for Thank you cards as I feel it’s very important but do find them taxing at times.
You will need
- Selection of wrapping paper
- PVA glue
- A4 paper
- Prit Stick
- Wiggly Scissors (Pinking or Scalloped)
- A4 Card – any colour will do.
- Tear the wrapping paper into pieces
- Mix a bit of PVA glue and water
- Cover the A4 paper, the more random the better using the PVA Glue
- Leave to dry
- Cut out a random selection of shapes. We chose hearts as it as for Thank you cards, but you could be a bit more creative and cut out a big T and Y for Thank you.
- Cut the A4 card in half and then fold to make A5 cards.
- Use the Prit Stick to Glue the shapes on the front of the cards
- You can use the wiggly scissors to cut the edges of the card.
Voila you’re done!
If you decide to have a go I’d love to see the results! I’d also love more ideas for using up some of this paper.
I hope you’ve had a fabulous Christmas!
I find it fascinating what they can make with recycled products. Did you know they can make Fleece Jackets out of Plastic Bottles? I actually Googled how they do it.
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