My sister’s friend Cate lives out in Chicago and sent in this great project that the Chicago Children’s Museum provided instructions for. Here’s her note:
I saw this on the news – they are doing a “Holiday Ecology” program to recycle used greeting cards at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Of course I have plenty of cards that I am not super attached to and especially with the recent gift card swap (which took place at my parents house Christmas Eve!), this seems like a perfect solution for recycling and packaging a small gift.
The directions are simple:
Cut the card in half (I had a card with three pages so I didn’t have to use the signed portion – also, I think a substitute of plain cardstock for the bottom would suffice if you don’t want to include the signed page).
Then make an X on the inside of each by drawing across from corner to corner. On the page that will become the top, make a small (a few cm) box around the center of the X. Fold the edges in to meet the center (or the sides of the box around the X).
Cut the long folds of the corner so you can fold them in to meet each other and then fold the taller end over the top (I can’t better explain this, but see the picture below!).
Tape it all in place and you’ll have a top that fits perfectly over the bottom.
I love this! What a great way to recycle greeting cards. I will definitely be using this in the future for small gifts and gift cards. Thanks for sharing with us, Cate!