I’m an incurable crafter. So much so that I’ve kept several years’ Christmas cards in bags and boxes in my basement, thinking I’ll “do something with them.”
Thank heavens it’s Christmas in July at The Gracious Posse, or else I’d still be looking at them every time I did laundry. I got down to business this week with the cards to make Match Box Covers, Gift Tags and Wrapping Embellishments. If this seems too crafty for you, think of it as a green activity, reducing your contribution to the local landfill.
Match Box Covers
Last Christmas at aMl‘s annual card party, lPp showed up bearing the most adorable homemade hostess gift I’d ever seen.
She had taken A’s old Christmas cards and covered small boxes of matches with them. An aunt in her family started the tradition, which L had continued. Overcome with such a simple and personal gift idea, I had to take a phot, and resolved to do this one day. As I sifted through my cards, I found one (with permission from the Moore family) that would work well on a large box of matches.
After cutting the card to size, I used Mod Podge (matte) to adhere the card to the box. To make a nice finish, I brushed a coat of Mod Podge on top of each card. Next up was a small box of matches using one of my old cards.
As I looked through my old cards, I found several “collage” style cards that had a photo the exact size of the small box of matches, making for swift work of the cutting.
Much has been made of recycling old cards into gift tags; this is not my original idea. However, it was such fun for me to look at each card with a new eye, wondering how my paper cutter, scissors, stencils and ribbon could breath new life into an old card. See what I found.
I discovered several cards with single initials. Personalized tags? Now I was really on fire!
My favorite paper was a thick, hot pink stock that had been engraved in white ink. I dug out my white Gelly Roll pen and was pleased as punch with its use on this card.
Some of my cards had larger designs that weren’t suitable for tags, so using my Fiskar’s stencils, I cut larger pieces and used them on boxes.
If you stashed away your cards, unwilling to discard them, why not repurpose them into new Christmas tags, gifts and embellishments? Given the state of my work table right now, I assure you this crafty activity should not be delayed until the holidays because you will want plenty of time and space to sort through your cards and the fond memories they behold.
July 29, 2013