So now that you have your home decorated for Christmas, it is time to get creative and start wrapping and tagging those gifts.
According to Stanford University,” the 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the United States could fill a football field 10 stories high. “
Those numbers are staggering especially when you consider that cards made with glossy or shiny coating or gold foil are not recyclable.
After looking at the numbers, I decided to make a change in how we dealt with the Christmas cards for the last few years.
I decided not to purchase gift tags from the store, to get creative and use up the cards that I had saved.
Every year I pack away the cards we receive to make new tags for our gifts.
yarn, twine or ribbon
When I pull out all the cards from the year before, I will take them apart and save the front of the card. If there is a raised part of the card, I will cut it off and recreate the piece.
Sometimes I will cut off several pieces and re-glue to card stock to make a completely new tag.
Cutting the card down into several different shapes creates a custom tag for each gift under your tree, without much waste.
Using a hole punch or a knife to make a small hole in the new tag and using ribbon, yarnor twine to make a tie for the tag. I have a large supply of these types of items from years past that I am still trying to use up.
I love that this is cutting back on the amount of waste we are contributing to the landfill, while creating something that is beautiful and unique.
This time of year I don’t have a ton of extra time for crafts but always make time for this quick and easy project.
You can make several different tags in just minutes.
Projects as simple as this are great to get your children’s help in making tags.
There are so many beautiful tags you can make out of those cards to make your gifts really stand out this year.
So at the end of the holiday season this year I hope you will save those Christmas cards to make into gift tags next year.
Happy wrapping and crafting!
Till next time