If you like to send out Christmas cards, you probably also get a dozen or more of them in the mail each year. What do you do with them after Christmas is over? Instead of adding to the rubbish pile, use those cards to create new ones that you can send out.
How can you do that, you might ask? Most people sign their names or have their Christmas cards personalized each year. But, you can use those cards to create new ones to give out the next year. Here are some ideas that can keep those cards circulating.
1. Cut the front picture off of the card. Most Christmas cards have quite decorative pictures on them. Glue the pictures on the front of a piece of construction paper. Fold it in half or fourths so the card can fit in an envelope.
2. Add more glitter. Some cards already come decorated with glitter but after a season in a box in the attic, some of it will rub off. Dot the front of your card with glue and sprinkle more glitter on the picture.
3. For more grown-up cards, use card stock. You can also matte these pictures for a fancier look. Then, affix them to the front of the card stock. Now you have a one-of-a-kind creation.
4. Create a collage card. Cut out portions of several old cards and put them together on the front of a piece of card stock. Add embellishments like the ones used for scrap booking. Choose ornaments, tiny Christmas trees, small presents and the like to finish decorating the card.
5. Use craft scissors to create decorative edges on your cards. Who says that a card has to have straight edges?
6. Create construction paper cut-outs to add to your cards. Use green, brown, red and white to draw snowflakes, reindeer, Christmas trees and beautiful ribbons. Glue the pictures to the inside and back cover of the cards.
7. Staple an extra sheet of heavy paper inside of an existing card. Glue the edges down so that you won’t see any writing underneath. This becomes the place where you can write your special greeting to a friend or family member.
8. Spray cards with fragrant perfumes or room sprays. This works better for coloured cards so that any fragrance droplets don’t stain the card. Use a fragrance that exemplifies winter: woodsy, pine, cinnamon, pumpkin and the like.
9. Laminate your new creations. Laminating protects your card after you have added stickers, embellishments and things like dried leaves.
10. Add family holiday portraits to the front of old cards. You may have to cut your picture down to fit flush with the edges of the old card.
Trying to save money this Christmas? Use old Christmas cards and these ideas above to create new cards to hand out this year.