You may have been aware I’ve recently had a birthday. A really big one. My Big Four Oh My Gods! I’ve been banging on about it enough!
I was spoilt absolutely rotten and given lots of lovely gifts and cards. I’ve recycled the gift bags (they make excellent stationery and accessory storage, and square ones make fabulous file folders) but what do I do with all the cards with all their lovely messages? Here’s how I went about recycling greetings cards.
Some of them I’ve popped onto my mood board, just for sheer prettiness value. I’ve framed one absolutely gorgeous vintage image in a suitably rococo frame.
My In Station is looking a little more glamorous these days with this gorgeous vintage burlesque lady – a framed card. How fabulous! Just quietly, the decorated cardboard box has also been recycled from my birthday. It once held an absolutely gorgeously decorated vase, and it’s now living a double life as my Documents That Require Immediate Attention box.
Oh, look! Here’s my pretty vase. Isn’t she lovely? As lovely as the gorgeous couple who gave it to me.
The Welshman and I attended a fundraising event last year as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. My absolute favourite photo of us, with the exception of our wedding photos and the first family photos with baby Boyo, is this series of photobooth images. I’d always had issues with framing them properly, but then inspiration struck. I made a patchwork of some similarly themed bird cards to create the perfect background for the photobooth strip. I am inordinately pleased with how it turned out. Recycling birthday cards FTW!
So pleased in fact I decided to replicate it. I used a very simple frame, but it works beautifully with the ornate birthday card design, don’t you think? I love this photo so much that I have one in my bedroom and one in our lounge room.
Here are some more ideas for recycling birthday cards:
- Cut them up to make gift tags – use a blade, stencils and cutting board to create interesting shapes
- Cut the front of the card into a jigsaw – perfect for rainy days and small people
- Use cardstock to make a new card, using parts of the old card as decoration – embellish with ribbons, stickers, washi tape etc
- Make a notebook using a notepad, the front and back of the card, holepunch and hold together with thread, ribbon or stationery coils
- Create bookmarks using a holepunch, a tassel and a cut out section of card
- Make a memento book of special event cards, such as a baby’s birth, wedding, first birthday et al, by holepunching all the cards and file in an A5 ringbinder or use ribbon to sew them together. You can buy stainless steel clip together rings too – they’d be perfect.
- Create a baby flip book that can be wiped clean using an A5 insert binder. Fill with images to keep your baby entertained, like cute cards, images cut out from magazines, photos, etc. You can add pages that you’ve created yourself – the ones I made for Boyo included numbers, shapes, Maori and Welsh words, etc. You can use clear Contact or packaging tape along the open edges to keep the pages inside the plastic insert pages.
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