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Green Holiday Idea #1: Make Your Own Cards

By It's My Life on December 10, 2009 5:12 PM | No TrackBacks

Did you know that there are enough greeting cards sold in the United States each year to fill a building as long as a football field and at least 10 stories high! That's a lot of paper, and most of it does NOT go into the recycling bin!

We're feeling very green over here at IML, mostly because our brand new section on Green Living is now live! We hope you come check it out, get some good tips, and post your own ideas on our Green Living You Said It page. In honor of that, we thought we'd post a few suggestions that fit with the season.

homemade_card.jpgThere's no better way to save paper (and money!) during the holidays than to make your own cards for family, friends, teachers, and others in your community you want to show some love this season. Start with some plain solid-colored notecards or cardstock and try these ideas with items you probably already have in your house (and are just waiting to get used!):

  • Cut out images from wrapping paper, magazines, personal photos, and even last year's cards (if your family saved them) to make collages.
  • Dig into your stock of stickers for funny images and accents.
  • Fabric, ribbons, and buttons add a great artsy look.
  • Check the kitchen for aluminum foil and cupcake sprinkles.
  • If there's already a stock of craft supplies in your home, look for beads, glitter, pipe cleaners, sequins, felt, yarn, etc.
  • Make a design on the computer and print it out, then glue onto the card.
  • Go old school -- get some markers or crayons and DRAW!

Now you might be thinking, "Well duh, but I never know what to do with this stuff." Using these materials, you could make a:

  • Peace sign
  • Christmas tree
  • Cross
  • Picture of yourself
  • Home
  • Snowflake
  • Snowman
  • Santa
  • Menorah
  • The numbers "2010"
  • Or anything you think your card recipient might like...

Besides helping the planet, remember this: If you don't have the cash to buy someone a gift, a homemade card created from the heart is a great substitute (and often even better!).

If you make a holiday card you're super proud of, scan it and email it to us so we can post it on this blog!


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