{Re-purposing} Creating gift tags from old greeting cards

Part 1 – Gift Wrapping Station

I love birthday cards to send my thoughts, love and wishes through sentimental messages to my loved ones, family and friends.  Perfect to let them know you are thinking of them even though you may not have spoken for a little while, as we all realise life sometimes just get’s a little busy.

However, in saying that I select who I give cards to as I know not everybody enjoys the sentiments a card gives, some just enjoy the present that is attached (mostly kids) and some think they are a waste of money.  In this case I make tags to accomany the gifts.  I re-purpose the cards we receive by making them into tags.  I keep all the sentimental cards and cards that have a beautiful personal message inside, I can’t bring myself to throw these away.  But be honest if you keep onto all the cards you receive you will have a box full in no time.

When it comes to children’s birthday’s, ie the parties kids are invited to by their school friends, I would prefer to put a home-made tag on their present and add that money I saved into their gift as I know they would appreciate it more.

Here is how I make our birthday tags:

Find an old birthday card

Trim card to remove back, cut to smaller size

Punch hole in top corner

Now I have 2 tags!

I love using rafia to decorate wrapped gifts

Easy…and you have saved yourself a few pennies!

What do you do with the cards you receive??


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Kristy May 19, 2011 - 5:48 AM

Such a great idea!! Maybe my next project should be to sort through all my old cards into ‘keep’ and ‘re-purpose’ someday soon…. I actually have every card I’ve received since I was about 12 (I’m now 27) and yes…. there are about 5 shoeboxes and 2 coffee table drawers full of them… Oops!

Maryanne May 21, 2013 - 12:58 PM

You’ve got a lot of love to be giving! 🙂

June May 19, 2011 - 6:28 AM

I love doing this at christmas time. With all the cards my family of five receive we also have an abundancy of cards and can’t bear to just throw them in the bin so why not re-use them!

Erin May 19, 2011 - 7:59 AM

That’s a good idea 🙂 I like the Christmas gift tag suggestion too – thanks June!

Teegan May 19, 2011 - 8:44 AM

I re-use my cards in a similar way too! I cut the greeting message half of the card off the card (and if it’s a sentimental one I store it away) and use the picture side as a kind of postcard to write on the back! I then address it in the bottom right hand corner and stamp it (like you would a normal postcard) It’s a great way to send thank-you notes to people when you have attended their special occasion (like a dinner party or wedding) without spending too much on a new card and postage – and people appreciate the thought more than anything! I keep at least 10 on hand at a time and keep only my favorite patterns and designs when I get too many… 🙂

Zizzi May 19, 2011 - 2:18 PM

I save the cards I recieve in a “treasure”-box. Mostly the ones for my son. I made him a box, that I shall give him when he moves to his own place (he’s only 3 now). In that box is his birthdaycards, summer-cards, christmascards. And I also date them. It also contains his first birthday candle and other memories.

Jess R May 19, 2011 - 4:17 PM

I have every card since my mum was pregnant with me! Growing up my sister and I would play games testing each other on who had given us the card!! We had hours of fun. i do admit that i am strating to not keep EVERY card i recieve as i am now 30!!!

I have kept all cards for my 2 girls (2 1/2 and 8 months).
I think cards are really special!
My husband hates them lol…so i dont always recieve them!! Unless he is reminded…which kind of defetes the purpose! Oh Well

Julie May 20, 2011 - 1:02 AM

Let me think… cards in our house.. I too like cards
I havent kept every one – I started out just keeping the wedding & birthday ones of the kids, our first christmas, the kids ones from good friends & the really nice cards …I am getting better at being selective..
I quickly lose the Planet Ark Recycle envelope my husband brings home (and the spare my mum also gets me LOL!)
I mostly scrapbook them (but I dont put them too near my photos!!)
Sometimes i make pocket pages to keep them in, other times I have used them to journal what that person did to help celebrate that particular occasion or why they are special to me
Though the last lot of xmas cards were better value on recycling: Half went to kindy for a what-did-you-do-on-the-holidays collage Ms 4 cut the others to shreds for hours while i finished scrapbooking the last few pages of Christmas 2009.

Alicia May 25, 2011 - 10:56 AM

Got some great ideas from this post….love it!
I must confess, Im a card keeper also. BUT, it is on my list of things I need to work on SOON!! =)

Ill be doing same as Kristy suggested.

Kat do you scrap the cards you keep or just box them? Would love to see.

Julie are you scrapbooks lump or not too fat? I was considering pockets also but worried my books would warp with the extra content. Do you make pockets or buy them?

Bebright2 December 10, 2011 - 5:15 PM

What a GREAT idea! I will be using this one I can tell you!

Katrina December 22, 2011 - 12:45 AM

Love repurposing!

Chantelle McLeod May 24, 2012 - 9:58 AM

wow great idea 🙂

Eunice January 6, 2013 - 7:47 AM

If you want to keep the cards for sentimental value but aren’t particularly attached to the card itself you can scan the item, keep a copy electronically and then happily recycle or dispose of the actual card. That way you save on space but still have the card to refer to for sentiment.

Dawn Richter May 21, 2013 - 6:08 AM

I reconfigure them and showcase the signature and message inside and use them as part of my scrapbooks. I have all of my wedding cards, baby showers and sent kid birthday cards along with the pictures.

Terri May 21, 2013 - 6:53 AM

I have been doing this for years with Christmas cards. I hate throwing out those beautiful cards and when I was young and broke, it was a perfect way to make tags for my Christmas cards. I also used to make new cards by cutting out features (i.e., Christmas trees), the painting a scene on cardboard and using the cutouts to embellish (paint a forest scene with watercolours and then pasting the cutout trees to the card). It was a way to make free cards when I couldn’t afford to buy them … especially since I used cardboard that came in my pantyhose. They were so popular with friends and family, that I still make my own cards like this 35 years later.

Anna May 31, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Great ideas! I use my son’s birthday cards to make him a placemat each year using clear contact for the front and coloured contact for the back. I trim down the front of the card, cut out special messages like Great Grandma’s curly writing, overlap the card pieces a bit so they form a rectangular placemat and cover them with the contact. My son loves looking at his old cards at breaky and tells me who gave what card.

Sheila May 31, 2018 - 7:35 PM

That’s a great idea

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 5, 2018 - 9:33 AM

thats such a sweet idea Anna!

Sheila May 31, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Love all the ideas .I too have cards stored for future projects .


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