Monday, January 28, 2013

Christmas Card Reuse

In our home, we do everything we possibly can to reduce waste, reuse items, and recycle.  We're trying to do our best to keep the trash down in landfills and reuse as much as we can without items having to go through the recycle center which will lead to extra money spent on these items to have them recycled, extra water used, and extra electricity used.

I keep all of our photo cards which ends up being most of our Christmas cards.  I was left with a few decorative Christmas cards. And some of them were so cute, I wanted to find a good use for them instead of putting them in the recycle bin.

The easiest thing I could think of was to make Christmas gift tags out of the cards.  We reuse gift bags as long as possible (keep out of the landfill), but we end up with gift bags with used tags.  When I pull the tag off, I need something new to put on the bag without putting something on that would stick and leave residue.  I pulled out a few of the cards that I thought would be easiest to make tags out of.

I then cut out the pieces that I thought would make great gift tags.

To put on the bag, I just punched a hole in the gift tag, and cut a tiny slit that I could use to slide onto the handle.

This was a very quick, under 5-minute project that helps out the environment.  Next year when January rolls around and you're ready to toss those cards, think of ways that you can reuse them instead.  Do your part to help the environment and leave this planet in the best shape we can for our children.