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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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For my next card, I used recycled cardboard facing the other way, so the inside is blank, ready for writing. So, I cut a scrap of bag paper to cover the back side of the card, and I cut the cardboard exactly to size, with no border. This card is for Mother's Day-I found the image on; vector graphics like this are perfect for printing on recycled bag paper.

The papers are glued down just in the middle, since I'll be stitching it down around the edges.

For this one, I used a hole punch to punch small holes around all the edges, and across the top by punching through front and back layers together.

You could measure and mark dots to be perfectly even, but I just punched mine freehand and messy.

Then I used a yarn needle and thin ribbon to go through all the holes, starting at one top corner and ending at the other, as I show here with the arrows:

I sewed one tiny button onto one of the flowers as a final touch!


Here's what the inside looks like.


My finished Mother's Day card!

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posted in: paper, card, recycle, cardboard, celebration, greeting card, envelope

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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