Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christmas Cards Recycled

I am a big collector of stuff. You know. Stuff that others might consider trash. For instance, when I was organizing my new file cabinets, I discovered just bookoos of Christmas cards I have received through the years. It was quite entertaining just looking through them. I discovered some dated back to 1994. Some came from couples with one child, then later years' cards revealed 2, 3 and 4 children. Some of the cards were from folks who are no longer with us. "Grand daddy and Joy" in his crooked script. Ahhh...Memory Lane brings about nostalgia.

So, besides throwing them in a file drawer, what does one do with these things? I don't know how I came up with this, but it's working. What I did is this. I took the paper cutter and I cut the back side off all of the cards (the side with the personalized part). As long as there isn't writing on the back side of the front of the card, this idea works. The front of the card, with it's cute picture and possibly some writing, now serves as the front of my Primitiques Party invitation. On the back, I pasted a little printed card, indicating time, place, etc. (Actually, Mom and Snakelover did the pasting. Thanks, y'all!)

I know. This isn't rock-your-world amazing. It's by no means fancy or classy. What it is, is a part of my effort to reuse and recycle stuff. And in the process, I am reducing stuff I have been holding onto for unknown reasons.

By the way, you know I saved a few of the back sides with handwritten notes. I can't just let everything go in one day!


  1. If you put them all out every year like I do, it looks like you have a lot of friends and family. Tn'T

  2. I think that's a great idea! Way to reuse - recycle!


  3. Good thinking. I saved all my cards one year thinking that the next year I'd let my kids make their own cards from the pictures, but I forgot. Somewhere about 18 months after I'd recieved the cards, I threw them out. Maybe I'll try again.

  4. Ahhh...Something else that I did years ago, when I had more time on my hands...I affixed the front of the card to a brown paper gift sack. Then embellished with colored rick rack and glue and stuff. ~Mindy

  5. It is amazingly simple and simply amazing! I love the idea of using them as an invitation. I keep the front of all my cards and use them as gift tags the next Christmas. I write the "To:" and "From:" right on the card. If I'm using ribbon, I punch a hole in one corner of the card and attach it to the gift. Otherwise, I just use tape.


  6. Re-using and de-cluttering at the same time! How cool is that?! Kudos, baby!


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