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Save your used gift cards. Cut the fronts of the cards to make lovely gift tags using fancy edged scissors if desired. Punch a hole in the top of the tag, then thread a colored string (crochet cotton works) through. Package them 20 tags to a cellophane bag, tie with a ribbon, and give out to friends as little 'friendship gifts' before Christmas. You can reuse all occasion cards too by making gift tags and bookmarks!
Source: This recycling idea was passed to me by my mother.
By linn from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Save your cards that are mailed to you year to year. Find all the cute and beautiful cards and cut out the parts you like the best. You can cut anything you want out of the cards and use those as gift tags on your presents. After cutting out the images I like, I might use pinking sheers or scrapbooking scissors or just regular scissors.
Note in the photo how nice it looks. Sometimes I just tape them on. Endless possibilities and it saves you from having to buy package tags!
By Michele from Marysville, Ohio
I save Christmas cards (my own and from friends) and cut out any large shapes on the front (nativity scene, angel, snowman, Santa playing soccer or tennis or football, candy canes, reindeer, etc.). I embellish the cut-out with tiny cotton balls (for snow), candy cane (candy), a star for the nativity scene, etc. I punch a hole on the top of the cutout, thread a ribbon through the hole and add a punched shipping tag (on which I've printed the recipient's name).
By Casey from Plano, TX
While putting away Christmas this year and taking down all my Christmas cards. I decided to cut up the cards and make nice large gift tags for my gifts next year. I did this this year and loved it, because I could write a loving note with plenty of room to write it.
Save your Christmas and Greeting Cards. You can reuse the fronts of the cards by cutting unique gift tag size cards.
Cut the top part of used greeting cards off, then cut this down to whatever size (and shape) you wish, depending on the design. (If it's an angel, just cut her out.) I also like to use hearts or other shapes that perhaps match the occasion for the gift you will use them on.
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How do you make gift tags and ornaments from the front of Christmas cards?
There are so many ways to do this but all you need to do is Google your question and you will see numerous site with lots of ideas and instructions.
I used to make these all the time with zigzag (pinking schears) scissors, ribbon, and a hole punch. I would cut the focal point I wanted centered into a rectangle I cut with shears. Used a hole punch and string the ribbon thru and they were ready to go.
My friend took it a step further and she found a rubber stamp that said to and from and used red ink to stamp on the back.
These are so much fun to make!! Enjoy!!
You can use a cookie cutter to trace a shape on the part you want to cut out. Punch a hole on the top and put a ribbon tie in the hole.
Gift tags are the easy part and many simple ways to make them but making ornaments (as was in your question) will take time and can be frustrating so if ornaments are still on your list of things to do be sure you try to find an easy one to begin with and then go further if you like the results.
I have a set of the craft scissors with different edges like scalloped, zig zag, etc. and cut around the picture on the card or the verse inside to make tags. Sometimes I will add a Christmas sticker to go along with it.
I am not into tossing out old cards. I remove the fronts and cut the images from the front side.
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Don't throw away last year's Christmas cards. Use the pictures on old cards to cut gift tags for this year. Cut out a star, a tree, a manger, or whatever makes a striking image, then punch a hole in it. Thread through some colored twine, and you've got a great gift-tag for this year's gifts.
By Lucy from Oxford, UK
At the end of the holiday season, I pack away all the holiday cards received that year to use as a Christmas card list guide for the next year and also to reminisce. When I unpack my decorations the next year, I re-read the cards, cutting them at the creases and disassembling them for crafty gift tags for this year's gifts!
Cut out a picture from the holiday card and use a hole punch to thread ribbon through. Then write "To:" and "From" on the back of the gift tag and attach to your package! No more scrounging for sticker tags or pricier cardstock/decorative tags. Not only am I recycling the paper, I'm also saving $ and enjoying last year's Christmas cards all over again. To be even greener, be sure to recycle the scraps of cards that you don't use for the gift tags.
By Kelli from Tulsa, OK
Good idea :-) As long as nothing is written on the back of the front side they can be cut in half and used as post cards and then use the back side of the other portion as scratch paper :-) (12/13/2009)
Not wanting to throw them away, for years I have recycled them as gift tags on my Christmas gifts. Select the tag from the front of your card and cut the size needed, tape on package or, using hole punch, can be added to handle on bags.
By Marcia from New Sharon, Maine
Christmas cookie cutters can be used as templates to cut out the tags. (01/04/2008)
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By Betty from NC
This IS a good way to re-use old Christmas cards! Great idea! ...You could also do the same thing with kids birthday cards for birthday gifts!
Another one of my favorite ways to recycle Christmas cards is to Crochet around them to make hanging ornaments for the tree. I just got the idea from here on ThriftyFun from this post from last week: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf35986354.tip.html (12/08/2008)
My daughter and I always enjoy making our own holiday gift tags every year, and they are cherished by the gift recipients. This year I received a gift in November that arrived in a department store gift box with a design of dots in holiday colors. Unfortunately, the gift giver had written on the box so I couldn't re-use it. Instead, I cut it up into gift tag-sized pieces, which my daughter and I are now busy decorating (12/09/2008)
I have made gift tags out of old cards for several years now. I just cut out part of the picture, punch a hole with a hole punch and attach with ribbon. This especially works well since I mostly use (and reuse) gift bags instead of wrapping paper. (12/09/2008)
My mom has done this since the sixties, and we still all do it. Makes really nice packages. I have noticed that people are not sending Christmas cards as much as they used to- I know I don't- I guess due to higher postage rates and the economy in general. My BIL's neighbors were kind enough to send us their cards after the holidays last year when he told them about our using them for gift tags. What a nice gesture. (01/08/2009)
This is a fantastic idea! Thank you (01/09/2009)
Don't throw out your greetings cards once the holiday season is past.
Don't throw out your greetings cards once the holiday season is past.