Thursday, November 25, 2010

Crafts Using old Christmas Cards

It seems like once Thanksgiving is over and done with, the mad rush to Christmas ensues. Of course, in the time in between, most of us get a variety of Christmas cards sent to us from friends, colleagues and family. Some of these cards are truly beautiful, and instead of just throwing them away, the following are a crafts that use old Christmas cards.

Once you’ve got a stack of Christmas cards, go through them and carefully cut out Christmas trees, Santas, reindeer and so on. Also cut out words like “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” Keep these cut outs separated by theme. Then you can easily used these images to create new cards. Purchase some card stock from the craft or office supply store, and using a glue stick, carefully arrange a collage of images and words on your new Christmas cards. If you have kids, this is a great craft to keep them busy while you’re baking cookies. Personalize the cards, and send them off!

Another great craft for kids is making place mats. Using heavy weight cardboard cut out rectangular or oval shaped place mats and have the kids glue the cut out card images and words onto the cardboard. Glitter, stickers, markers and crayons can also be used to decorate the place mats. When finished, your local office supply store should be able to laminate the place mats, and the kids can send them as Christmas gifts.

Christmas ornaments can also be made from old cards. Cute card pictures can be jazzed up with a bit of glitter glue and threaded with a bit of colorful yarn or ribbon and hung from the tree to be a cute ornament.

Don’t throw out old Christmas cards. Like old clothing, you can recycle them into fun new crafts!

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