One of the easiest thing to do with pretty Christmas cards is to cut out a square or rectangle from the design to use as a gift tag on your presents next year – use pinking shears or cut out a wavy edged template to make them more interesting. Taller strips could be used for bookmarks too.
Christmas cards can be cut up to make a montage or collage for a bare wall or empty picture frame.
They can also be use to make spherical Christmas tree decorations/cat toys!
One for the kids: Use the recycled Christmas cards to make book covers for your school books.
Children, Christmas cards are just the right thickness for loads of craft projects – keep a stash for using throughout the year. Make little boxes to keep little things (like erasers or badges) tidy, for the inside “rings” of pom-poms, or use them to make stencils or templates.
Donate extra Christmas cards to your church, school or a local club that can make good use of them in a craft project.
Information suggests that:
- In 2004, the UK sent 744 million Christmas cards; if they were all recycled, it would have saved 248,000 trees.
- In 2005, only 82 million cards were recycled but it diverted 1,630 tonnes of rubbish from landfill sites.
- In 2001 only 1.2 million of the 7.5 million Christmas tress bought were recycled; the rest created enough rubbish to fill the Albert Hall in London three times.
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