Christmas is over and you have a pile of cards. Take the road down memory lane and recycle those cards while remembering the people who sent them. Take the road alone or with children.
Materials: used cards, scissors, pen, and stamps.
Most people use email these days, but there are times for snail mail such as announcements and invitations. Rather than purchasing next year’s party invitations, make them now with used Christmas cards. Peruse your cards and set aside those without writing on the backs of the pictures. Cut away the picture half. Divide the card back in half by drawing an ink line from top to bottom. Set aside. Next year, write the invitation on the left side and add the address on the right. Stamp and mail.
Materials: used cards, patterned scissors/plain scissors, glue sticks, hole punch, and blank cardstock.
With scissors, cut favorite pictures from used cards into different shapes - circles, squares, triangles, or random cuts. Fold a piece of cardstock slightly bigger than the picture. Use the same scissors and cut away three sides, leaving the fold uncut. Glue the picture to the cardstock. Punch a hole in one corner of the tag near the fold. It is ready for a note to next year’s gift recipient.
Materials: cardstock or blank note cards, used cards, glue sticks, envelopes, scissors and stamps.
The art of sending thank you cards seems to have vanished with email. Some people still expect a handwritten thank you. Make your own. Cut folded cardstock to fit inside a small envelope. Cut a favorite picture from used cards and glue to cardstock. Write a thank you note inside. Place in the envelope and mail. If you have blank note cards, cut a picture to fit the front and glue it in place. Write a message inside the decorated card, address, and mail.
Materials: used cards, scissors, and envelopes.
Choose a favorite used card picture. Cut the picture half away from the verse. Slice the picture in as many pieces as desired. Place in an envelope for storing. When children are bored, hand out envelopes with puzzles inside for them to put together. Ask the children to return the pieces to the envelopes and exchange for more fun.
Materials: used cards, construction paper or poster board, scissors, glue sticks, laminate paper, and ribbon.
From used cards, choose favorite pictures of the same theme, such as religious, fun, snowmen, animals, Santas, birds. Glue haphazardly onto poster board slightly overlapping edges. Laminate. Make a frame from ribbon or other decorations. Hang by ribbon.
Materials: used cards, tag or poster board, glue, scissors, and laminate paper.
Choose favorite verses and pictures from used cards. Randomly glue each to a piece of tag or poster board approximately 17” by 12.” Laminate both sides of the board. Let children choose their placemat.
Count The Days Until Christmas Calendar
Materials: old cards, cardboard, tag board or felt, scissors, red ribbon or red yarn, small candy canes, glue, and scotch tape.
Cover a piece of cardboard with red, green, or blue felt, or use a piece of colored poster board. Cut pictures from old Christmas cards to make a collage on the top half of the felt. On the bottom, glue or tie 25 pieces of red ribbon or yarn in rows. Tie each ribbon around a small candy cane. To count the last 25 days until Christmas, let the child decide a task to do each day in preparation for Christmas. After the task is completed, the child may take a candy cane.
Another way to make the above calendar is to choose from old Christmas cards 25 pictures that tell the Christmas story – animals, Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Wiseman, shepherds, crib, stars, angels, etc. Roll strips of scotch tape and place on the back of each picture. Make a banner out of felt, poster or tag board. Hang on a child’s bedroom door. Cut a piece of black felt in the outline of a town. Glue it to the top half of the banner. Each day stick one of the pictures on top of the outline to create a scene that illustrates the Christmas story. The last picture should be the Baby Jesus on Christmas Day.