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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published January 5th 2013
Creative recycling

Now Christmas is over and the decorations are coming down, you find yourself piled high with a myriad of Christmas cards. Instead of just throwing them away, why not be creative and have some fun with them? Not only will you help keep the waste down and be making something practical, you can save money for next year too. These crafty activities are things I used to do with my mum as a child, so it would be a fun family activity and a great way to spend time together.

Christmas Tags

Instead of spending money on labels and tags for next year, make your own. It's very simple to do.

1. Take your collection of cards and pick out the ones that would make the best tags. These will be ones that have a nice picture, are not too big can be cut into circular or rectangular shapes, and don't have any writing or images obscuring the back (otherwise you wont be able to write who your presents are addressed to).

2. Get a pair of scissors and cut out the pictures from the cards.

3. Use a hole punch to create a small hole in the corner of each tag.

4. Find pieces of spare ribbon, thread, string, or even rubber bands and tie a loop through the hole. You now have tags to stick onto your presents next year.

Christmas Collage

Collages have no practical use, but they are fun to make and you end up with something pretty to hang on the wall.

1. Find a piece of cardboard or card; it can be any size depending on how many cards you have or how big you want your collage to be. My mum and I used to use white A3 card, but here I made use of a left over piece of brown A4 cardboard.

2. Select the cards you want to use. Unlike Christmas cards, you want a range of different size pictures. You need big pictures for the base, and smaller ones for layering and filling in the gaps. Unusual shapes will also make the collage more interesting.

3. Get a pair of scissors and cut out the pictures from the cards.

4. Before you start sticking, it is a good idea to arrange your cards on the board first to get a sense of where you want everything to go. You can always change this later.

5. Get some PVA glue and use a brush to spread the glue over the board and cards.

6. Get sticking and have fun.

7. Brush a layer of glue over the collage to give it a glossy effect.

8. Once dry, you can either hang it up by a string or put it in a frame.


You can do the same thing with calendars at the end of the year. Cut out the pictures and make collage. My mum framed hers and we now have a portrait of tigers in our hall.
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