Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Christmas Cards to Thank You Cards: Re-cycling Craft

Don't know about you, but I always find it a little depressing taking down Christmas decorations on the first week of January. Anyone that knows me will know I find it hard chucking stuff away. Particularly if I think that I can use it again in some craft or activity. This year, I'm trying to be less of a clutter bug and was about to put all the lovely Christmas cards in the re-cycling. But then I had an idea - why not re-use them by incorporating them into our 'Thank You' cards? I did this with the kids. The needed a bit of supervision and guidance but otherwise it's a kiddy friendly activity.

What you'll need:

  • a selection of Christmas cards
  • Plain/coloured A4 card
  • Scissors
  • Glue/double sided tape
  • printed 'thank you' labels (optional)

First, cut the card and fold the the size you'd like your thank you card to be. I made ours A5 as that was the size envelopes I had.

With a chosen card, cut the back (with the writing on) off then cut each picture into strips (you can make these as wide or as narrow as you want - just make sure that the size you choose is consistent with all of the cards you cut up.

Poor Mr Snowman...

Next, choose a card to cut strips into horizontally towards the crease of the card.

Then choose the strips of card you want to weave with. This part the kids needed a lot of support with as they are quite young, but for older children it would be easier to do independently.

The strips will go over and under the second cards strips.You repeat this until you've woven the whole length of the card.

We then trimmed any strips of card that was poking out so it made a tidier square shape and then used double sided tape to stick it onto the blank card.

After doing this, I printed off little 'thank you' tags using Microsoft Word which the kids traced and decorated. But, at this stage you could use alphabet stickers or cut out the lettering from other sources such as magazines or newspapers to make up the wording on the front.

There you have it...  Christmas Cards re-cycled to make Thank you Cards! 

1 comment:

  1. Fab idea, printing off the thank yous would also help their fine motor skills as the try to keep neatly in the lines of the letters x