Every year at this time I love to walk down the road to the mailbox.
Inside the box are well-wishes and stories and pictures and catching up all found in Christmas cards.
I read every one.
And wonder what to do with the card after I finish reading it?
Are you with me?
I add the card to a basket full of cards on a table for this Christmas season.
But then what?
Throw them away?
This year I tried something different, I recycled them into four simple projects. No stress-projects. Take an afternoon without any fancy tools, just a pair of scissors and tape and a little imagination and simply create.
And here’s the four projects I made.
1. Merry Banner
This banner could actually say joy or peace or noel.
To make it I simply used a ruler and traced letters onto the Christmas card.
Then I cut them out and clipped them to a ribbon with clothespins and hung them on a basket.
The letters are different sizes (so much easier and less measuring).
They are just the size of the card.
And no curves, only straight lines for easier tracing.
You could also punch a hole in the edge and hang them with jute twine.
2. Holly jolly house
This house was made from two different cards.
For the base I cut out a strip of card and folded it with two short sides and two long sides and taped.
Cards are perfect for this project because they are much stiffer than regular scrapbook paper.
Then I cut out a square for the roof and folded it in half and taped it to the top of the base.
I cut out four tiny rectangles for the chimney and notched two of them to fit over the roof.
I taped them all together and added a puff of “smoke” made from cotton batting.
3. Candy cane tags
This was the easiest project of all.
To make these tags, I used the back of cards.
There’s the cutest little PS on the back of some of the cards that makes the cutest tag.
You could use a tag cutter or paper cutter or you could go all old school with a pair of scissors.
Simply cut a rectangle out of the card with your design in the center.
Clip the corners off of one end to make the tag, punch a hole and add a ribbon.
4. Joy gift card box
I made this tiny box out of one card.
The front made the top and the back made the bottom.
Wouldn’t it be so cute for a gift card present?
Making the box is so much easier than it looks.
I simply cut out two notches on each side and folded the ends under and taped.
Then I repeated the same steps for the bottom of the box.
I kind of forgot how much fun it is to spend an afternoon with Christmas carols and a little creativity.
Do you have a fun project you’ve done with Christmas cards?
I’m off to check the mail box for more supplies. 🙂