Ah, what to do with old greeting cards? We say just because your birthday, anniversary or whatever-the-occasion is over, it doesn’t mean it’s time to toss your lovely cards to the recycling (regular bins always a no-no, of course). After all, those glorious designs have been thoughtfully illustrated and carefully chosen for you by those you love. They deserve to live on in some other marvellous shape or form.
The thought of cutting up your precious cards might not come so naturally, if you're anything like us. But once you get a taste of the joys of upcycling, you’ll be cutting, folding and sticking ‘til your heart’s content. So to get you on a roll with some ideas, we picked the crafty brains of our in-house design team for a few wonderful ways to keep your Papier cards keep on keeping on.
It’s a fact: everyone needs a paper flower in their life. Just the thing to brighten your desk at home or at work, these papery plants are maintenance free – no water or sunlight required – and very fun to make. A perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon indoors.
What you’ll need
Papier cards, coloured paper, reed sticks, paint, glue, some sequins.
Gather a mix of old greeting cards and coloured paper that compliment or clash, depending on the look you’re going for. Use 1-2 cards and a plain sheet of coloured paper for each flower.
Draw a simple flower shape in varying sizes and cut them out. Once you’ve cut out your shapes, bend the petals inwards at the base and use a pencil to curl them outward.
Arrange the shapes on top of one another in size order, starting with the largest at the back. Stick them together by glueing each one at the centre. Remember to let the glue dry fully each time before adding a new shape.
Add a sequin in the middle of the very front shape or leave it blank to show off the printed card.
Paint diffuser reed sticks in light green and tape one ‘stem’ to the back of each flower.
Why not magic up your old greeting cards into a bunch of miniature boxes? Decorative and practical, these can be used for storing jewellery, pennies and other little trinkets, as well as handy teeny tiny gift boxes for friends and family. A jazzy way to liven up your bookshelf, window sill and desk too.
What you’ll need
Papier cards, glue, a cute, optional surprise to put inside.
Choose a card and cut it in half, putting bottom half to one side for the bottom of your box.
The front of your card will create the top of your box. Cut out a square out from the front of your card, making the part of the design you want to feature on top of your box the centre of your square.
Use a pencil to draw an X on the back of the front of the card, from corner to corner.
Fold one corner to meet the middle of the X. Fold the same corner up and over again, lining up the folded edge with the centre line, then unfold.
Repeat this step for your remaining 3 corners, making neat, crisp creases. Unfold when you’re done.
Fold in your 2 opposing corners so they meet at the middle of the square. This’ll create 2 large triangular shapes, pointing toward the centre.
Hold the card so it’s in a diamond shape, with one point facing towards you and the other pointing away. Make 4 careful incisions along the crease lines that start either side of the diamond point nearest to you and cut up to the edge of each large triangular shape. Turn the card the other way and repeat on the other end.
Fold the two diamond points into the centre. Turn the two little cut flaps up and in, then fold the flat side of the box over the top of the flaps, tucking it inside the box. Repeat for the other side.
To create the bottom of your box, cut the square 1/4 " smaller than the top so they fit together without being too snug.
Repeat the above steps to make the bottom of your box.
Papier Wall Art
When your cards are pretty as a picture, all it takes is a frame to turn them into a piece of wall art. Try repurposing your favourite old cards into little works of art for your bedroom, home office or downstairs loo – anywhere that could do with some Papier cheer. Home is where the art is, right?
What you’ll need
Papier cards, picture frames and mounts.
Collect a few of your favourite Papier card designs. Bold illustrations, pretty repeat patterns and quotes work well together.
Find a frame to suit and fit each design. Snip cards down to fit smaller frames, if need be.
Place a card inside your chosen frame and play around with coloured mounts for added interest.
Mix and match frame styles and sizes to curate a fun arrangement for your wall.
Ready to get upcycling? You’ll need some cards first. Stock up on your next batch here.