Get Crafty With Your Greeting Cards
With the holidays over, you probably have a stack of greeting cards received from well-wishers near and far. And if you’re like me, you may have multiple stacks that have accumulated over the years. When someone is kind enough to take the time to send a Christmas card, (or birthday or get-well greetings), I tend to want to keep them, knowing the thought and effort that went into delivery of said card. But what to actually DO with them, other than keep them in a box stored away in a closet, basement or attic.
Well, depending on your attachment to the greeting itself, there are a number of options to be had.
- Scan and keep your cards digitally - If the message from the sender is of importance to you, but you just don’t have space to store all those cards, invest in a small at home scanner/printer or head to an office supply store to scan the cards. Store them on your computer, in iCloud or on a drive. Then you can recycle the cards and still be able to enjoy them whenever you like.
- Keep a Scrapbook - If you just can’t part with some of your greetings, paste or tape your favorites into a good, old-fashioned scrapbook, to take out and reminisce whenever you choose.
- Repurpose the images or art - Maybe you’re attachment to the card is the image or artwork on the card. If the message isn’t terribly important, you can recycle that part of the card, and keep the picture. Frame it to hang on a wall, use as a post-card to send to someone else, or even cut out portions to use for gift tags.
- Donate - So you don’t want anything to do with these old cards, but you just can’t bear to throw them away either. See if any local organizations will take them. Many times places such as senior centers, church groups or even local artisans will take the cards to use for craft projects for themselves and their patrons.
Sending greeting cards is an age-old tradition, and while it is waning in the age of texting and other instant messaging, it is a tradition that I believe will continue for years to come. So instead of storing them away in some soon-to-be musty old box, get creative with your cards and you and others will be able to enjoy them for years to come.