Keeping all purpose cards on hand is always a great idea. These cards can be used at a moment’s notice for whatever the occasion brings. Sometimes all a person needs is the simplicity and warmth of a card to let them know they matter. In good times and bad, all purpose cards will make an impact on the recipient.
All purpose cards can result in changing the mood or enhancing the energy of another person. The employee who just found out her father is sick can find comfort in the Sunny Hopes and Well Wishes card. The co-worker who just purchased a brand new house can relish in the Contemporary Congratulations card. The Garden Path Painting Greeting card is perfect to inspire a friend who may be at a crossroads in life. Cards are a form of expression that someone can look back at and be reminded that they are not experiencing life alone.
All purpose cards are there for any occasion with always a single purpose: to make a person feel connected to another. I know whether I am feeling alone and sad or happy and excited, it is always nice to know that there is someone else sympathizing or relishing in my feelings. I want the people in my life to feel special which is why I make sure I always take full advantage of all purpose cards.
What can you do with old greeting cards? I bet you are thinking: “make Christmas ornaments!” That’s fine for Christmas cards but what about those all purpose cards and birthday cards received throughout the year? And what can you do with that pile of your children’s birthday cards that are collecting dust in your drawer? It would be such a shame to throw away greeting cards after receiving and reading them, so let their beautiful designs and colors inspire you to use them in creative ways.
One thing that you can do with your children is collect all the birthday cards they receive and make placemats. This would make a great gift for any family member and this activity will spark your children’s creativity, making them use their noggins. It is also a great geometry lesson!
You will need old birthday cards (or really any kind of all purpose cards), scissors (child-safe please!), construction paper, glue, and either a laminator plus laminating paper or clear contact paper.
First, help your children cut out different shapes from the greeting cards. Then have them lay out the shapes on the construction paper so they can measure their picture before gluing (I warned you this would use math!). Once they have decided on the picture they want, glue the different shapes onto the construction paper. If there is room, they can write a message to the person to whom they are giving the placemat or they can just embellish their picture. Finally, either run the placemat through a laminating machine (most office supply stores will laminate for you), or use clear contact paper to cover the placemat so it can be wiped clean.
And there you have it….a great gift for anyone in your child’s life, created by reusing personal birthday cards and all purpose cards! Come to think of it, using old Christmas cards would also make your holiday table look great too!