Do you have a drawer stuffed full of old holiday cards and birthday cards? Instead of leaving these cards in storage where nobody can see them, consider taking them out and transforming them into new projects. By repurposing them, you’ll be creating unique works of art. Check out these special ways to transform your old cards:
1. Make magnets
Post your favorite cards up on your fridge using magnets. Simply cut out a part of the card, whether it’s a design, a word or a drawing, and glue it to a magnet. This way, you can admire the magnets every time you go into your kitchen and be reminded of the event that inspired the card.
2. Use them for scrapbooking
If you’re crafty and love to scrapbook, don’t get rid of any of your old cards. They can be cut up and repurposed to decorate each page in your scrapbook. Use the whole card as a colorful background, or utilize only part of one to create a border.
3. Create gift tags
When the holidays come around, there’s one thing that you can never seem to have enough of: gift tags. It’s so easy to run out of these as you wrap presents for friends and family. But if you run out, don’t head to the store just yet. Take that stack of old cards and use them to create brand new gift tags. Simple cut them into festive squares or rectangles, punch a hole in them and attach them to your gifts.
4. Put together a book
Can’t bear to part with your cards by cutting them up? Then put them all in a book where you can look back on them fondly. Consider creating differently themed books – one for birthday cards, another for anniversaries, and a third book for holiday stationery.
5. Make luminaries
If you’re looking for a creative way to light your home, consider transforming any old cards you have lying around into luminaries. They cast a soft, warm glow throughout your home, and the decorative design on the card adds character and color to any room. Choose four different cards with similar color schemes, and use a small hole punch to create holes down the side of each card. Use embroidery thread to string the four cards together and place a tealight candle in the center of the luminary.