Recycled Paper Cards

Easy to create, these cards are a fun, kid-friendly project and creatively reuse bits of paper you already have on hand.

From: DK Books - Greener

Multicolor Recycled Holiday Cards With Paper Cut-Out Shapes

DIY Recycled Holiday Cards With Fun Cut-Out Shapes

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas View original photo.

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Converting timber into paper is a very energy-intensive process, but recycling conserves resources and saves energy. Recycling all cards after Christmas will save tens of thousands of tons of greenhouse gases each year.

Materials Needed:

  • scissors
  • white card stock
  • X-acto knife
  • recycled images (from last year's Christmas cards, magazines or wrapping paper)

Step 1

Print out attached templates. Place selected template onto a piece of patterned, recycled paper. Draw around the template and cut out the shape.

Cutting Out Star Shapes from Printable Template for DIY Christmas Card

Use Printable Template to Cut Out Stars for DIY Christmas Card

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas View original photo.

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Lightly score down the middle of recycled card stock with an X-acto knife and ruler. Fold card in half and glue the large star shape onto the front.

White Folded Card With Colorful Star Shape On Front

Scored and Folded Recycled Card With Star Shape

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas View original photo.

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Using the smallest star template, cut tiny stars from the recycled paper and glue them onto the card around the large star. Allow to dry.

Recycled Christmas Card With Large Center Star and Tiny Star Cut-Outs

Scatter Tiny Stars Cut-Outs On DIY Recycled Christmas Card

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas View original photo.

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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