This week I have a few easy craft projects to share with you. Today I’m starting with a super simple way to reuse your holiday cards.
Since we have moved to Michigan, we have been recycling more than ever. When we lived in NYC it was mandatory that you place recycling outside of your building. The Department of Sanitation would fine the building owner and this was incentive for all of us to separate our garbage.
However, when we moved to Chicago, they have a much more lax recycling program. Unfortunately, this made recycling far less convenient for us and I am sorry to say that we got a bit out of the habit.
Interestingly enough, recycling isn’t mandatory up here in Michigan. But our local recycling center makes it so incredibly easy, that we now recycle more than ever. All you need to do is pull up to the building and bring everything in. They have bins labeled to help you separate materials. The employees will also come out to your car and help carry everything in and separate it for you. We now have far less garbage to put out every week.
Now that we recycle more, I try to think of ways to reuse things we have around our house. One fun thing we have discovered is making gift tags for next year out of the holiday cards we received from family and friends. This is also a great project that you can involve your kids with on a cold winter day.
We have dozens of these cards each year. I have a rack that we set out to display cards and this year Mary had a blast looking at the pictures and hanging the cards up. However, once the holiday season is over, the cards often just get tossed into the garbage at some point.
Most holiday cards are made of nice material and come in many fun colors and adornments. Instead of tossing the cards out, try taking some of your favorites and cutting them into tags to use for next year’s gifts. This creates less garbage and also saves you money when you purchase gift wrap next year. You can even do this as a family and spend time looking at each card one more time. Mary finds this to be a fun way to name each person she knows.
Take a look at your cards and find fun prints or pictures and then simply cut into shapes. Mix up the sizes and styles of your cut. You can even get creative and use different types of scissors with various borders. Use a hole punch to make a space for string. Or leave alone and tape onto packages next year! Don’t forget to look on the back of the cards. This is where you usually can find some really nice designs.
Do you day any family crafts when the weather gets really cold?