Recycling Christmas Cards
I’ve got issues with Christmas. I not-so secretly love it. A lot. I’m a completely nostalgic, over the moon, card sending, cocoa sipping, carol singing ninny. I already wrote about the cards I’ve been sending for years. There’s a side effect to that. Because I send cards, I get cards. Lots of them.
Another little fact I love. Except I have a hard time throwing them away. Enter hoarding. Sometimes there’s family pictures or cute notes attached. Always, there’s potential. Crafting potential that I’ve never fully exploited. Because that’s another part of my Holiday Sickness. The overwhelming urge ‘to craft’.
I try to harness this energy into specific projects. Otherwise one could lose their shit with the Pinterest love. Me, I gotta focus. I am neither wildly talented nor remarkably creative. I’m also lacking in much of a crafting supply arsenal. Let’s keep the crafts to grade school level, shall we?
I limit my projects. I make garland for my mantle. Easy. Finite. Right in the middle of my house to be admired (mostly by me). Gratifying. It started with simple paper chains. I’ve done pipe cleaner snow flakes. Last year, we got all fancy with the origami. This year, with my currently brain dead status, I was lacking in inspiration. I was actually tempted to buy garland. (The horror!) Hand-made, reusable, felt garland, but still an expenditure.
Luckily, inspiration struck. In the form of the large stack of those Holiday Cards.
Bunting. Flags. Whatever you want to call it. Easy.
I dug up the supplies from the depth of my desk drawers and the stash of garden materials (for the rope and twine).
This picture omits the all important hole punch I ended up using to string them along.
Instructions are as follows:
Make a template from one card.
Trace it onto the other cards, in interesting ways to take full advantage of the highlights of that particular card.
Cut out your flags.
Hole punch in either corner. This doesn’t have to be all that precise actually.
String. I ended up using the garden twine and alternated, with string on the outside and the inside.
Pretty complex, huh?
No. Maybe not complex. Or sophisticated. Satisfying, yes. I was done in record time. A little over an hour, if that.
Total cost: $0.
Crafting itch, scratched.
Cards leftover for other projects. This part was a little disapointing. I was hoping to blow through the whole stash. No such luck. Now that the creative juices are finally flowing though, I’m thinking of other recycling projects. Gift tags? Further decorations? The sky’s the limit. As long as it doesn’t a) cost money or b) require much skill. So, perhaps not the sky exactly. A distant horizon.
What would you use the cards for? Do you get the crafting urge this time of year? How do you focus your energy?