Christmas Crafts, Handmade Holiday Cards & Gifts

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.

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Unique Shape Templates For Holiday Cards 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 StarsEnlarge Photo+Shrink 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.

Scored and Folded Card with Star Shape PlacedEnlarge Photo+Shrink 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.

Scatter Tiny Stars Cut Outs on Card FrontEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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