Christmas Card Gift Tags: Re-Purposed It! — Buy Nothing New for a Year

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Part of the challenge of our resolution to buy nothing new for a year is being able to see into the future. Much is the case in today’s project of turning our 2012 Christmas cards into 2013 gift tags! While we won’t be needing these for a year, this is the time to reclaim those cards from the recycle bin and put them to some use before December hits again and we’re stuck without some proper tags. Sure, we could use folded wrapping paper like we were taught as children, but these are just so much nicer (not to mention a fantastic way of re-purposing what would otherwise be discarded). You’ve heard the saying “one’s trash is another one’s treasure…” but did you ever think your OWN trash could be treasure? Hopefully this article reaches you before you’re done un-decorating this year…but just in case we’re too late…remember this idea for next year!

Every now and then I get a bright idea of my own, but in all honesty this one is all Melissa. I’m convinced that she lives in a little Pintrest world of her own (and has, long before Pintrest, mind you) where everything serves a purpose except for the purpose it was originally intended to serve. I’ve never seen someone look at things quite the way she does, and I have to admit…three decades of sending and receiving Christmas cards and never once did it dawn on me that they could be re-used quite like this.

Fairly simple and with little instruction needed:

  • Gather your holiday cards
  • Grab a glass of wine (optional) and scissors (mandatory)
  • Cut out shapes and patterns
  • Punch hole a hole in each
  • Repeat

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You really can’t go wrong, here. Besides, if you’re like us, you’ve got a few dozen cards to choose from, so even if you make a “happy little accident” (to quote the legend, Bob Ross) there’s still plenty more left to work with. What’s nice about these tags is that they go WAY beyond the ones you’ll find at a dollar store, or in the dollar section of big box retailers. When finished properly (holes punched, twine or gold/silver yarn or colored ribbon attached) they really do rival the fancy ones you would pay $5+/per dozen for. Best part about it is that each and every one is unique, and they’re something that you made! Many people (not me) enjoy the wrapping of gifts more than anything. I’ve seen some creative stuff out there…from using old McCall’s patterns as wrapping paper to butcher shop paper and bakery string and beyond. This is a great way to dress up and compliment the rest of your holiday creativity, and make sure that each package is as special as the person receiving it.

We sure do HO! HO! HOPE! you like this tip…a great way to save money, re-purpose, get your craft on, and be original all in one. Best of all, you don’t have to feel guilty about tossing your friend’s and family’s cards in the recycling bin after the season is over!

One comment

  1. Samara says:

    What a great idea! I hate throwing cards away but I never know what to do with them!

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