Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Don't Toss Those Cards!

  Each year I receive so many beautiful cards (as I'm sure all of you do as well) so rather than put them in a drawer or toss them out, I want to offer some ideas on what to do with them.  One of my new favorites is creating gift boxes to use next year like the one above.  Here's a simple tutorial:
 First cut off the card front (The size you cut will determine the size of your box).  Lay the card front on a coordinating piece of card stock and trace.  Cut out the card stock.
 Then trim 1/8" off of one long side and one short side.
 Now you need to score each side of the card front (Lid) and the card stock (box bottom).  3/4" - 1" is what I usually do on these but you can create a deeper box if you make the score lines larger.
 Fold on the score lines and cut each of the four flaps on top and bottom.
 Use a very sticky, double sided tape (such as Red Liner seen above) on each flap, folding to form the box top and bottom.
 This lovely card is from my blog buddy Diane at Lavender Dreams.  She's a dear, dear gal with a wonderful blog -- can you guess what part of the country she lives in?  I lined the inside of the box with decorative paper and added the little bow in the lid.
 A rhinestone was a perfect embellishment for the lighthouse!
 This one was perfect with a red box bottom.

 I added the glitter band using the red liner tape, sprinkling on ultra fine glitter, rubbing it in and then shaking off the excess.
 This one also got a stamped message inside.
 You can use the sentiment from the outside or inside of the card and put it inside the box for a special message.
 This card had the cute, small picture on the back of the discarded part so I cut it out to use for a tag.
These are addicting but here are some additional suggestions for using your cards from any season:
 

Cut off card fronts and attach to card stock to create new card

Cut off card fronts and make post cards out of them to use as Thank You notes after the holiday



Make gift tags for the following year


Attach to the front of those store bags to cover the store logo on the bag


Place cards in a basket kept handy at dinner time.  Pray for each family/sender throughout the year


Put the cards (especially photo cards) and family update letters in a binder.  This serves as a great little ‘scrapbook’ of family and friends.


I attach the photo cards inside my kitchen cabinets.  It’s a fun way to remember family and friends every day of the year!



And from Pinterest:

Make photo cards into coffee table booklets by punching holes and adding rings (Creative Party Ideas by Cheryl)







Cut into small shapes and hang to twig tree in a pot.  Ask holiday guests to sign backs and/or leave a message. (Martha Stewart)










Jar lids(S.C.R.A.P.) 











Make Christmas coasters (Bella Crafts Quarterly)

 


 So tell me, what do YOU do with your holiday cards?

Linking to these parties this week . . .
The DIY Showoff   http://diyshowoff.com/
Marvelous Mondays http://www.jamscorner.com/
From My Front Porch to Yours http://frommyfrontporchtoyours.blogspot.com/
Under the Table and Dreaming http://www.bystephanielynn.com/














21 comments:

  1. What wonderful ideas. I always keep the prettiest cards...but I accumulate a lot! These are neat ways to use them. I really love the boxes, the way the design carries on to the sides of the box. And the embellishments really add a lot to them. You can never have too much glitter and sparkle! Sweet holiday hugs, Diane

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  2. This is a great idea!! Definitely doing this, thanks!!!

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  3. This is a great idea!! Definitely doing this, thanks!!!

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  4. Merci de nous faire partager vos bonnes idées...

    Gros bisous et tous mes voeux pour 2013.

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  5. Happy Dance ...seeing this and I am saving my cards. I wanna maks some cute stuff like you my sweet friend............... Thanks for the awesome post

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  6. These are wonderful ideas . . . I love anything that is pretty and made from recycling :)
    Happy New Year,
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  7. Love all these great ideas! thanks for sharing them ;-)

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  8. Thank you thank you! I make ornaments and tags but love your other ideas.

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  9. I am so glad I have not thrown out my cards yet!!! I love the tag idea and the post card idea, I have not written my thank you notes yet either! What a great post!!

    Carol

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  10. You're just full of all kinds of creative ideas. Love those boxes and jar lids. I do what my grandmother always did...she would use them as gift tags the following year.
    Happy, happy new year to you!!

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  11. I started saving my cards a couple of years ago. I've used them as gift tags, and had planned to use them as postcards but hadn't thought of doing "thank you" post cards. I love that idea. I traced a puzzle pattern on the backs of a few of them and cut them out and made fun little Christmas puzzles and sent them to my niece. I also let my daughter (5 years old) go through the collection and pick out a few that she liked and we cut out the pictures and/or sayings and she made her own Christmas cards for family members with the pictures and construction paper.

    I'm going to pin this to my Christmas board so I can remember some of these great ideas.

    (Thanks so much for stopping by The Cozy Old Farmhouse and commenting on my "junky" centerpiece.)

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  12. Absolutely fabulous ideas!!! Thank you for the fantastic recycle tips. Pinning!

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  13. We saw that you featured our magazine's project on you blog. You can find the article and free instructions in our Magazine..... Bella Crafts Quarterly which can be found at http://bellacraftsquarterly.com. The magazine is free to download or to read online. Since you have used our photo on your blog, we would love you to provide a link to our website for your readers. Happy NewYear. Carol Heppner

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  14. We saw that you featured our magazine's project on you blog. You can find the article and free instructions in our Magazine..... Bella Crafts Quarterly which can be found at http://bellacraftsquarterly.com. The magazine is free to download or to read online. Since you have used our photo on your blog, we would love you to provide a link to our website for your readers. Happy NewYear. Carol Heppner

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  15. You always come up with fabulous creation out of discarded item and this is no exception. Really appreciate your generous feedback and keep trying my recipes. Wishing you and family a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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  16. What great reuses for cards that normally end up in the trash! Thanks for sharing these at Knick of Time Tuesday!
    Have a blessed New Year!
    ~Angie

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  17. Great idea! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  19. Loved this idea the first time and I love it again. Thanks for sharing with Christmas in July.

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  20. So cute--- I would hand these little boxes on a tree as ornaments or even put advent candies inside. What a beautiful idea for recycling and even getting the kids involved. Love to save! following, A

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