Ever receive such a stunning greetings card you couldn’t bear to throw it away? We don’t blame you! With so many cards lovingly-crafted by hand such as those on Decorque Cards, it’s a real shame that they often end up in the bin. But now they don’t have to!
With a little bit of imagination and a spare half an hour or so, you can turn those pretty greetings cards into something to hang onto long after a special birthday or celebration. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you might even want to re-gift them in some fashion or other. Simply re-imagine the card in your own unique way and save them it from the miserable fate of the recycling bank. To help you, here are three top tips we think you’ll love:
- Make Your Own Cards – Of course, one of the easiest – and more obvious – things you can do with old greetings cards is to simply re-imagine them into your own cards. We love the design seen on this link; it’s creative and eye-catching and it’d be simple to recreate with just a few textures of card and a keen eye for detail. You could also go a step further and add different embellishments not seen here, such as buttons or glitter. The key here is to simply let your creative juices flow and try out a few different designs. After all, if you make a mistake it’s an old card that’s going in the bin – not newly-purchased craft supplies you’ve spent a fortune on. Alternatively, why not think about making gift tags or gift pouches for presents? All you’ll need is a pair of scissors and perhaps a glue stick to add on any bits and pieces you’d like to spruce an old card up with.
- Place Them in a Well-chosen Book – Is a friend a huge Harry Potter fan? Or maybe a relative just loves Dan Brown’s famous books? A great idea for a birthday or other special occasion is to treat him or her to a well-chosen box set. Or if you’ve come into some money, why not locate a first edition? Then you can make your own themed bookmark or two to add inside. It’ll prove a really thoughtful touch that won’t require much effort on your part. Just take a look online for some handy tutorials – and get crafty!
- Make Your Own Coasters or Placemats – Another fairly quick and simple idea is to turn old greetings cards into coasters or placements. You’ll find plenty of how-to guides online which are simple to follow and don’t cost a fortune in terms of supplies, either. Then, simply tie up your stack of coasters with some rustic string, wrap up and gift to a friend or relative. We bet they’ll love this handmade present much more than a shop-bought one, and you can even keep their interiors in mind when creating the coasters, adding the perfect complimentary colours or textures as you go.
A really clever coaster on a card, found here: http://www.decorquecards.com/shop/orange-rose-and-skin-print-coaster-card/
Of course, there’s a whole host of other ideas you can try to ensure those greetings cards can be re-used and recycled. Take a look at photo sharing sites like Pinterest and Instagram, as well as craft blogs, in search of some fun and interesting ideas. All it takes is a quick Internet search and you’ll be able to magically transform old cards to give them a brand new lease of life. Enjoy!