So here's my new project for 2008. I'm going to attempt to come up with a way of recycling/reusing something from my household recycling box every month and share it with you here.
Maybe predictably, my first idea is around recycling Christmas cards. I would normally put them in a collection box in the Supermarket or my normal recycling bin but this year I thought I'd try and think of some other ways of using them.
Before I jump into idea 1 of Recycle 2008, here are some ways other people have recycled Christmas cards:
My mantlepiece is looking a bit empty now all the decorations and Christmas candles have gone so I thought this would help liven it up a bit. The same could be said for any walls, book shelves or other such surfaces in your house. But I thought that as I had a spare shadow frame, it would look good standing on the mantlepiece.
All I did for this was use a hole punch to punch holes in a card, the multi coloured circles were then stuck to the shape of a bird I'd already cut out from the other half of the card. Then I cut out a tree shape from yet another bit of Christmas card. I put it all together using little sticky foam pads, put it in a frame and there you go. A pretty piece of art for the mantlepiece.
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Of course I still have lots of cards left so I need some more ideas to use them up, any thoughts?