Sunday, 6 January 2008

Recycle 2008: Idea 1

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:
Idea 1
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.

From Christmas cards to bird collage
[click photo to view in full size on flickr]

Of course I still have lots of cards left so I need some more ideas to use them up, any thoughts?


Livecreations said...


good idea for a resolution, look forward to hearing about what you the bird :)

sarah said...

You could take two cards of the same size and open them up and lay them flat, one on top of the other, so that the folds align. Then, you punch holes down both of the outer sides. Then, you pick up the cards and align them, pretty side out, to form a box of sorts. Stitch them together using the punched holes and place over a candle or little light. Voila! pretty votive decorations!

The World's Dresser said...

Wonderful idea!

Christine said...

Thanks everyone :)
Thanks sarah for the idea, very pretty!

Rein said...

This is wonderful.

Lucy R. E. said...

i just happen to have a little shadow box sitting at home wanting something pretty inside it. and that little bird seems just perfect. Thanks for sharing! :)

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