Sadly it is that time of year when Christmas is finished, and everybody is taking down their decorations…it is a pretty sad time in our house, as we love our Christmases…though Stuntboy does try and make putting the Xmas Tree away more interesting by “helping” me out
Every year we come across the same dilemma, what to do with the old Christmas Cards that we haves This year, I decided to turn to the blogging community to get some ideas. And they didn’t let me down. Here are some of the great ways that you can use your Christmas Cards from 2015 and beyond…if you are anything like me you probably have a few years to use. I can’t bring yourself to throw any cards away :-D Please visit all these wonderful blogs for full details on how to make the crafts mentioned and shown.
- Wonderful Robins cut out from cards make excellent bunting or ornaments for the tree from Thinly Spread
- The Chaos and the Clutter has some wonderful ornaments made from her Chrismtas Cards
- Teacher Types has a great idea for her cards, bunting; do pop along to her post to see how she does it
- More paper decorative ideas from Party Planning Center
- Crafty Sy has a great Christmas Card Wreath too
- DIY Inspired has another take on Christmas decorations with cards too
- FInally, this Christmas Tree drew my eye somewhat too, though I can’t find the original source :-(
- Raffles and Rain Boots have a wonderful idea for a pull string party cracker
- S.C.R.A.P. blog has a wonderful idea for decorative toppers
- How about some gorgeous bookmarks from The Frugal Girls. Note, picture from The Good Weekly, but the article has been removed from the site now)
- Jenny Harada has a wonderful 3D star decoration, which would look great at the top of any tree.
- Acorns and Crayons have an amazing set of three ideas for younger children to help with learning and motor development, so do check them out
- Childhood 101 has a wonderful, and simple sewing activitivy for improving motor skills and taching little ones an important new skill.
- Little Bins for Little Hands has some great ideas for improving motor skills too, using scissors
- Nuturestore also has ideas for learning activities with cards and scissors.
- Munchkins and Moms has an excellent idea for exploring cutting using Christmas cards, and finally
- For more fine motor fun – why not pop over to Preschool Toolkit too?
Something for next year
- Actually Mummy suggests a couple of ways to use them; both as gift tags and thank you cards. The Educator’s Spin On It also suggested gift tags were a great idea, as well as creating bunting
- 1 plus 1 plus 1 equals 1 has an amazing idea of using them for next year’s batch…visit and see how you can do it
- Time to Craft make these wonderful Advent Calendars, as do Danya Banya
- What about some wee stocking fillers from Hodge Podge Craft?
- Who always wants a bit of a Christmassy placemat, then check out Cut out and Keep?
- Best Toys for toddlers, has some ideas for using old cards to make new ones, both a Night Star Window Card and Bauble cards
If you don’t have the time to do these, which is fair enough given all the challenges that a New Year can bring, why not:
- Buy labels, as suggested by Bug, Bird and Bee to go over sentiments and re-use the cards?
- Cut off the fronts and take these into school, Life as Alice has done this for years, as her mum did too, and the schools are always gratful for the extra free resources
- Muddling Along suggests finding a store like Marks and Spencers that recycles them and gives them to charity, in this company’s case, The Woodland Trust
- If you just want to keep them, but somewhere special so you can remind yourself of Christmas during the year, or save them to craft with next year, then why not use some of the storage ideas on the Beyond Inspiration blog.
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