Having looked at why sending birthday cards is good for maintaining relationships I thought that it was only natural to look at what we can do with birthday cards once they have been taken down. So I have got my creative hat on and thought of some fun ways that they can be repurposed to give them a second life. Come to think of it, this doesn’t need to be specific to birthday cards, all of the following ideas could be used for any cards that you receive.
- Frame your favourite
- Make gift tags
Ok, so this is an idea that I definitely stole from my mum but it’s a goodie so I wanted to share with you too! Mum would cut up old Christmas cards into a rectangular shape, use a hole punch to cut a hole in one end, thread some ribbon through and voila! Genius!
- Turn old cards into a new card
It’s no secret that I am a fan of art and in particular its benefits so it seems a no brainer to get crafty with old cards. How about cutting out shapes from old cards to create a collage. Look for different colours and textures on the cards and impress your friends and family with a hand made collage card.
This is such a simple one, just cut the front of your cards off and use as postcards to send out to family and friends! A great way to repurpose a card.
- Make garlands
You can make some lovely garlands out of your old cards, just cut them into circles using a template and fix together with double sided tape and string or ribbon to form a garland. You can then hang this over a mantlepiece, along a stair banister or around a picture frame!
So there you have it, my tops tips on how to repurpose cards. If you have any other things that you normally do with your old cards then I would love to know! So just pop a comment in the box below or send me an email. I will definitely share any new ideas that you guys give me.
Lots of love