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Recycled Stationary Project ImageDon't throw away old greeting cards! Use them to make new ones, plus a whole bunch of gift items.

You will need:

  • Brown paper bag
  • Wrapping paper
  • Greeting cards
  • Black marker
  • Paper glue and fabric glue
  • Decorative edge scissors
  • Ruler


  1. Cut designs and patterns, etc from old cards, wrapping paper or fabric with plain or decorative edge scissors then use to decorate the following stationery items you can make from old grocery bags:

    Note-Cards. Trace around a used envelope then draw another line 1/8" inside first line. Cut out along inside line. Fold brown paper in half. Place one long edge of pattern along the fold of paper. Trace and cut out.

    Envelopes. Open up a used envelope, trace around it onto brown paper and cut out. Fold envelope using original one as a guide.

    Ornaments, Gift Tags, or Magnets. Cut out design and glue onto brown paper. Cut out brown paper, leaving a 1/8" to 1/4" border. For magnets, glue one on center back of brown paper. For ornaments or gift tags, punch a hole at center top of design. Insert a string through the hole then knot ends.

  2. To finish, make tiny stitch marks around the design or around the edges of your note card or envelope. Write in your own personal messages. Add tiny ribbon bows, tassels, or charms for a special decoration.


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