Are you one of those people that keeps every greeting card that you have ever received and you keep telling yourself, “someday I will find a use for these cards”? However, you are running out of space and you decide that it is best to get rid of some of those cards; but you really don’t want to throw them away. What else can be done besides throwing them away? The answer is simple: do a crafting project that will give a new life to those old greeting cards. Below is ten crafting ideas for the “pack rat” that cannot bear to throw away the greeting cards that he/she receives.
1. Make place mats
This can be a fun project for you and your kids. It is simple to do and can be used for your own dinner table or presented as a gift to someone. The first thing you do is pick out your favorite greeting cards and cut out the card fronts (the picture on the greeting card). Then you place them onto an 11×17 poster board. You can choose a smaller size if you so desire. Glue the cards onto the poster board either in rows or as a collage. Trim the access poster board down or leave it as a border. Now, you have the option of putting glitter on this poster board or leaving it the way it is. Once the project is completed, have the mat laminated and you are all set. This could be a fun way to have something for every day of the year.
2. Make ornaments
One way to make ornaments for those greeting cards is to get canning jar lids and cut out an object such as an Easter Bunny, flowers, reindeer, or even Santa Clause and glue those pictures to the lid. Another good way is to make a chain to count down till a holiday such as a flower chain to count down how many days until Mother’s Day or pumpkins to count down until Halloween. The possibilities to making ornaments are endless.
Decoupage is simple and fun. Decoupage is basically cutting out a picture from your greeting cards and getting some decoupage glue. Simply use the decoupage glue and glue the pictures on wood, glass, vases, or cardboard. Once that is finished fill in the spaces with glue and let dry. This can come in handy when making your own presents for people. For instance, take a greeting card and decoupage a glass plate. Once that is finished get a clock making kit and make a person a unique and one of a kind clock.
4. Make an art frame
All that is needed for this is a picture frame and your favorite greeting cards. You can have several frames if you so choose. Put the cards in the frames and arrange them on your wall anyway you would like. It creates a focal point and a conversation piece. If that does not work for you then cut the card into strips and place those strips around a favorite picture.
This is a good stocking stuffer for those readers that are in your life. What needs to be done with this is: isolate parts of the card that can be used for a good bookmark. For instance say you got a Halloween card and it has lots of pumpkins on it. Cut out a strip with pumpkins, punch a hole in the top, and add ribbon or yarn for the tassel. Place this bookmark into a book and give it to the person it is intended for.
6. Reuse them
This may sound crazy but there are some people who do this. What they do is take a greeting card and white out the name of the person that sent it to them and then write their name in it’s place. They then send the card out to someone else. If that does not sound like your cup of tea then cut the back and create your own back. This is a simple process. What you do is cut the front from the back of the card but leave at least two inches so you can place your own back on the card. Type out the message using card stock and glue it to the two inches that you have left. Then send it out like you would normally. Saves money but takes a lot of time.
7. Make postcards or thank you notes
Make postcards to a friend or family to let them know you are thinking of them or make thank you notes for gifts that you have received. Simply cut the fronts of the cards from the back and draw a line in the middle. Make sure before you do this that there is no writing on the inside front. Once you have the line drawn, write your message on the left side and the recipient’s name and address on the right side. Place a stamp and send it out. So easy.
8. Make recipe cards
This is done much the same way as the postcards, however, you might have to trim down the greeting cards to fit within your recipe box. You can draw the line down the center and use the left side for the ingredients and the right side for the recipe or you can skip the line. This will give your recipe cards a personal flair and you can make it easier to locate the recipes. For instance, have birthday cakes for the desserts or pumpkins for the fruits and vegetables section.
9. Make gift tags
Save money with making your own gift tags. Cut out a picture and glue some glitter on it. Write on the inside back “to” and “from”. Tape it to the gift and there you go. Simple, yet fun. The best part is that it saves you a ton of money from purchasing the tags.
10. Make gift bags
This crafting project will save you a lot of money for bags. You are going to need to go to your local craft shop and purchase some white or brown bags. Usually they come in packages of 15 or 20. Grab cards that have the same theme, i.e. birthday, Christmas, Halloween, etc. Glue them on the bags. Punch holes on the top of the bags. This is for the handles. Get some ribbon and tie one piece per hole. There should be at least four holes. Tie the separate pieces of ribbon to create the two handles. Glue some ribbon along the top of the bag to hide the ridges. Put your to and from on the bag and you have just created a bag for gifts.
Remember that you don’t have to throw away those old greeting cards. Try one or all of these ideas or come up with your own. Imagination is the limit. Meaning there is nothing you can’t do with a little imagination and some time. Good luck at finding a way to bring new life into those old greeting cards.