Naturally Crafty: Upcycled Cards and Gift Tags

Ever go to the card store and find yourself thinking,”Man, cards are really expensive!?” Ever go to the craft store and find yourself thinking, “Man, paper is really expensive!?” Yes? Excellent! I think you are going to like this upcycled solution.

tissue boxes

I started noticing some really nice designs on tissue boxes after watching a few of Jennibellie’s videos on YouTube.  Definitely, check her channel out for inspiration.  She creates truly beautiful projects and often incorporates pre-used materials into her designs.

I picked up a few punches from Michael’s and began making some creations of my own (which I would have photographed more of if I had known I was going to write this post. )  Punches are a good investment.  They save you time, as well as wear and tear on your scissors… and your hands!

tissue hearts

It’s a lot of fun making your own cards because they can be as simple or complex as you want or have time to make.  You can add hinges made from ribbon or brads.  You can also personalize them to suit your gift recipient by adding their name, embellishments and using their favorite colors.  You’re only limited by your imagination!

Use what you already have whenever you can!

Use what you already have whenever you can!

Once you start doing these types of upcycled projects, you develop an eagle for materials that can be made over like these old name tags from work.  Why not? The card stock is good quality.  They would only end up in the trash.  Why not flip them over and give them a second life?

punched out name

Before you know it, you’ve created a pretty little, thoughtful gift decoration and it cost you practically nothing!  You didn’t have to go to a store.  You got away from electronics for a little while.  You have exercised your creative muscles.  You have made choices that are kinder to Mama Earth.

Heart pearlmonogram pearl

Do you make your own cards and gift tags? Leave me a reply in the comments section and let me know.  I would love to hear from you.

Many blessings to all,

Cynthia

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6 thoughts on “Naturally Crafty: Upcycled Cards and Gift Tags

  1. Andrea

    What a fun idea! One of my daughters recently upcycled a cardboard box that some massive bulk item we bought at Costco came in and turned it into a little city for her toys! So creative – and I would have just tossed it. Gonna have to check out Michael’s for some punches!

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  2. sylvia

    I don’t make anything but I must admit you make everything seem so easy to make. You make me want to try it at least. I don’t feel very creative at times but I think it look easy enough. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Cynthia Lenz Post author

      I used to get hung up about whether I was talented or artistic enough. Then I decided it didn’t matter. I would just rach toward what called to me and do the best I can. Maybe this type of thing isn’t calling you but maybe something else is… like singing more?

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