Now that the presents have all been opened many houses are covered in torn pieces of wrapping paper, ribbons, and tags. You can gather it all up and toss it in the recycling bin, or reuse it yourself for some recycled craft fun. Recycle your used wrapping paper into thank you cards to let people know how much you loved their gifts. Making handmade cards like these is just one way to create special memories in your family.
- Cardstock (You can find this at most craft stores for only a few dollars)
- Left over pieces of wrapping paper, ribbon, and tags
Take a sheet of cardstock and cut it into a 11 inch by 4 inch rectangle. Fold your sheet of cardstock in half, pressing firmly across the folded edge to create a clean fold. One half of the outside fold will be the front of your card. Decorate this with your pieces of paper and ribbons, gluing them into place. For unique cards create each one from the paper used by the gift giver you are sending it to.
If you don’t feel very creative in designing your own thank you cards look to professional cards for ideas. When in doubt remember that less is more.
Image: andrewds14 at Flickr under Creative Commons
My family has simply been reusing wrapping papers for over two decades. We’ve accumulated a huge stockpile of absolutely beautiful papers and ribbons/bows, to the point where we never reuse a single paper design under the tree anymore — each gift is unique. With 50 gifts under the tree it is quite a beautiful sight.
Jamie Ervin says
What a neat idea!
I think you must be a scrapbooker! Great idea!
Would love to see examples of how these cards look!