Friday, December 28, 2012

How to Reuse Stuff: Holiday Cards

I bet you have a big, beautiful pile of holiday cards from friends and family right about now, just like we do. While most of them may be photo cards, there will probably be a handful that are the good, old fashioned illustrated kind. Before you toss them, set them aside for a low-effort craft that recycles the cards for the next holiday into gift tags. You may be more inclined to just shell out $1.49 for sheets of peel and stick gift tags, and believe me, I have those too. But this little project is something my mom did with me starting when I was around 7 or 8, and now my kids love to do it. Once you get them started, they may want to do it all on their own. If nothing else, you'll feel a little greener for doing it!

The supplies

  • Illustrated holiday cards (not photo cards)
  • Pinking shears to make a decorative edge when you cut. These are optional - a straight edge with standard scissors is fine too.
  • A hole puncher
  • A "To/From" stamp and ink pad. This is optional - you can write in "To" and "From" yourself.
  • Thin ribbon

How to make gift tags recycled from holiday cards:

  1. With pinking shears or regular scissors, cut out a good image area from a card, making sure that the back side is blank.
  2. Punch a hole near the top edge of the tag.
  3. Use your stamp and ink to add "to" and "from" on the back of the tag or just write it yourself.
  4. Tie a length of thin ribbon through the punched hole.
  5. Now you have cute, semi-homemade gift tags!

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