1.01.2010

{got cards?}

I thought I'd change things up a bit and share a simple "project" I've been doing every year since I was able to use scissors. (:

If you still have all of the Christmas cards you received this year - well, here's what you can do with them.

Step 1. Gather cards. {easy}


Step 2. Cut out shapes from the cards (I like circles). rectangles. squares. whatever.
...I use my circle-cutter. But, you can use a larger-sized paper punch or just cut w/ scissors. {pretty easy}


...you can usually get a good number of shapes from each card - vary the sizes of the shapes to get the most out of each card.


So - now you're going to have a bunch of circles (or stars, or squares, or ovals, or rectangles, or octagons...) Have you figured out what we're making yet?

Yep. We're making gift tags. Nothing fancy. But, they will come in handy next year!
...so, just make sure there isn't any writing on the backs of the tags - so you can write the "to & from" later.


Step 3. Punch a hole at the top. {easy}
...I used a 1/8" hole punch

{if you're wondering what that monstrous hole-punch is - well, it's more than a hole punch!}

So - that's pretty much it!! Done.

You've just found a way to "dispose" of all those cards - without feeling bad about pitching them in the trash.

Or, you could let your kids make tags out of the Christmas cards - just have them use wavy/zig-zag/"fancy" scissors to cut-up the cards.





34 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I wish I could keep my cards, my 5 yr. old daughter takes them and draws/writes on them. Then she 'resends' them to all of us.

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  2. What a clever idea, we already threw ours away, oops! Maybe next year, or I could do that with birthday cards this year.
    xoxo~Meg

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  3. Those are the cutest things! Thank you so much for the great idea!!

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  4. What a cute idea! I was just looking at all my holiday cards wondering what I will do with them! Thanks! Happy New Years!

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  5. Love it heaps, Happy New Year to you too.

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  6. GREAT idea!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. What a great idea! I love it! Do you mind if I post it on my blog?

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  8. Maybe next year, or I could do that with birthday cards this year.

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  9. This is an amazing idea and is a very welcomed change from the pieces of wrapping paper that I normally scrawl names on! Thanks :-)

    What a lovely touch!

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  10. That's such a wonderful idea!! I have so many cards from years past and I can't bring myself to throw them away, but I'm frustrated because they are taking up so much precious space!!

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  11. I've been doing this for years. I always get comments on how unique my gift tags are. I often will try and make gift tags for people using the same Christmas card that they send to us.

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  12. Oh my goodness, I wish I'd seen this earlier today, the kids seriously needed something fun and easy to do! I know what they'll be doing tomorrow! Thanx for the great idea! Heather

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  13. Such a fun idea! I already threw most of mine away but I will remember this for other cards I receive as well! Thanks.

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  14. Awesome idea - and great use of the Cropadile! I recognized it immediately!

    Happy New Year!!

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  15. What a great idea but 99% of my cards are photocards. I don't think my friends would to see their pictures (or mostly their kids picture) on a gift tag. If I do that I probably won't get anymore cards from them. lol.

    Love the idea though!

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  16. Great idea! I save everything so this will be handy for all occasions. Thanks.

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  17. I had forgotten how much fun this is! thank you for reminding me! smiles.

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  19. This is so cute!! What a great and clever idea! Love your blog!

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    Thanks for the idea!

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  22. Oooh this is a fantastic idea, thanks!

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  25. Love this idea! I still have my pile sitting on my scrap desk! Thx!

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  26. I finally did mine. Come see them here http://capcreations.blogspot.com/2010/02/christmas-cards-recycled.html

    Thanks for the idea!

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