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How to Make Three Greeting Cards with Recycled Materials

comments (8) May 5th, 2009     

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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Some papers from the recycling bin and scraps of thread can make for an awesome custom card!
You can make recycled paper envelopes from grocery bags.
Some ribbon and a button give this card a super-personal, crafty feel!
Some papers from the recycling bin and scraps of thread can make for an awesome custom card!

Some papers from the recycling bin and scraps of thread can make for an awesome custom card!

Photo: Lee Meredith
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Now that you have your card images, you can make your actual cards. You can trim the edges off the printed pages if you want, to make the images bleed to the edges, or trim off any bent corners. Cut pieces of cereal-box-type cardboard to size, as wide as your printed page and twice as tall. Choose if you want to add a little for a border, like mine below, or cut it exactly to size. Then score across the center of the cardboard piece to make a clean crease-mark the exact center on each side, hold the ruler down connecting the marks, and run your scissors blade lightly across. Now when you fold the cardboard, it should crease neatly along the line.

Glue or tape the image centered on the card front.

Next, you'll need to cover up the inside so you can write in your card. Cut a piece of bag paper (or white paper or any other paper you want to use) to size and glue it inside. If you are making a bunch of cards, such as thank-you's for wedding gifts for example, then you could stop here and be done (hand-embroidering every single card would take forever!). Press the glued card(s) under heavy books overnight for security, or you could use two-sided tape instead if you prefer. But if you are making one special card, you can continue along with me and stitch it up! In this case, the glue is just to hold the papers in place while you stitch, so it doesn't need to be pressed and dry.

You could cut the inside paper smaller, and the box picture will create a colored border, if you like.

Next, I stitched borders around each side, both as decoration and to fasten the paper to the cardboard, using a strong needle, regular embroidery floss, and a running stitch. In the image below, the arrows show how I worked around the sides, using only one strand of floss, starting and ending in the same corner so I could tie the ends into a bow.

I used one long strand of floss to avoid unnecessary knots inside the card.


Here you can see how it looks on the inside.


My finished thank-you card!

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Comments (8)

sallywinget writes: wat anice idea ialways thin project as bore bt this help me alot and iam a new user ............ hiii friends
Posted: 7:55 am on November 28th
Lupana writes: This a great idea! I've got a lot of embroidery floss and paper bags stored away. Both printing from the printer or even rubber stamping are great creative ways to send a message! And, it makes it much more personal too! Thank you for sharing! ;)
Posted: 11:54 am on March 28th
clothingeng writes: Such a creative idea! I love to recycle :)
Posted: 6:58 pm on March 25th
0Tree0 writes: I love the envelope idea. I have paper brown bags from Chinese ordering and I always know the right things to keep for later recycling! I have a pen pal and I'm sure she would love this envelope with the origami ones I use.
Posted: 7:34 pm on March 17th
Stile writes: thanks, the tutorial is thorough, and as well as the ideas presented, springboards other ideas for me. Looking forward to making my own cards - much more personal touch.
Posted: 2:17 pm on January 17th
ptquilter writes: Wonderful idea. Only thing I would add is I would take a dry iron to the paper to make it flatter to fit through my printer with more ease. That way it can be printed with any Greeting I can make up.... Wonderful use for that pile of paper bags...
Posted: 9:54 pm on August 12th
littlednme writes: What a great idea! I can't wait to dig threw my recyclables!
Posted: 4:19 am on May 11th
Sweet_Dee writes: Love this idea! The catds are so personal and creative! Good use of old paper!
Posted: 4:29 am on May 6th
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