Make your own upcycled holiday postcards

I have a stash of blank Xmas cards from various charities that would like my support. I wish they wouldn't waste the paper, and I don't feel right sending the cards as is, since I'm not actually donating to the cause. (Also, these free cards tend to be ugly or sickeningly sweet.)

But instead of letting the cards go to waste, I upcycled them into collaged postcards. Here's how:

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I started by cutting long strips out of the card fronts, then gluing them to blank pieces of paper, like this:
make your own upcycled holiday cards

make your own upcycled holiday cards
I made star templates of different sizes, then I traced them onto the back of the paper with the strips.
make your own upcycled holiday cards
Here's what they look like after I cut them out.
make your own upcycled holiday cards
Next, I glued the stars to a rectangle of red card stock.
make your own upcycled holiday cards
I outlined the stars using a yellow Posca pen and a white gel pen. 

make your own upcycled holiday cards
I cut a rectangle from the inside of the original card and sewed it onto the front. Viola! An Xmas postcard ready to send. 
make your own upcycled holiday cards
You can use the same process to upcycle last year's holiday cards, too! And with the little bits left over after I cut out the stars, I made this mosaic tree card. 

make your own upcycled holiday cards


Comments

  1. So clever of you to take the mail invasion and use it to a good purpose. I love the mosaic Christmas tree. :-0

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  2. What a great idea. I don't get many of those 'free' cards in the mail but I do have a lot of cards after the holidays that could use recycling. I often make gift tags but only need so many of those.

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  3. So clever, and thrifty, too! Thanks for showing this idea off.

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