I admit that I'm not usually sentimental when it comes to greeting cards. In the past, I haven't been the type to hang on to them for more than a year. (OK, three days.) But lately I've felt more sentimental. I actually didn't want to throw away my cards this year! So I thought about it for a while, got some inspiration by some ideas I saw online, and Paige and I sat down this afternoon and recycled our Christmas cards. It was really fun! And it felt great to be able to say I didn't throw them away.
We didn't get too fancy today, 'cause, you know, she's four. But we did make some gift tags for next year's presents and some little ornaments for Paige's pink Christmas tree. Wanna see the before and afters? Of course you do!
And since our card recycling was-let's face it-a little on the pathetic side, here are some pretty cool ideas that you can use for your own card recycling!
(All images are linked to source.)
Martha Stewart has some really cool ideas, here.
My favorites are these ornaments:
This circle garland!
(I had this idea too! But was too lazy to cut that many circles, haha.)
And these monograms.
Better Homes and Gardens has some great ideas, too!
Here's a cute Christmas card advent from Crafty Nest:
A stunning (but surely time-consuming!) wreath from Good Housekeeping.
A cute little card wreath:
But I think the coolest idea is this:
Cards on rings! To save for every year. :o) Especially good for the photo cards, which you definitely don't want to throw away! Here's a cute version from Close 2 My Heart:
And of course you can always paste the front of your old card to new cardstock. Or at least donate them to St. Jude's, who take all types of used greeting cards!
Well? Are you guys excited that the holidays are over? I have to confess that I'm still in the "slightly-depressed-that-Christmas-is-actually-over" stage. Paige asked me today, "how many days until next Christmas?" and all I could do was stick out my bottom lip.
I LOVE Christmas. :O)
I hope you all enjoyed some time off with family and a yummy cookies or two! ;o)
Have a lovely day!