Ever since I was small, I’ve kept all the birthday and Christmas cards given to me by friends and family. I used to make new cards out of them when I was a kid; cutting out the cool ‘Happy’s’ and awesome ‘Birthday’s’ and sticking them onto folded colour paper to give to my parents on their special days. After all, kids don’t really buy cards, they make them, and I seemed to enjoy recycling from a young age.
They have all been sitting in a bag now for some years, so I decided to take them out and try to minimized the space they take up. A post by someone under the ‘art’ tag showed how she puts post-cards on a key-ring, and that’s what I decided to do. I cut the cards in half, glued the backs together (so that on one side the front of the card is showing, and on the back the card’s message is showing) and then hole punch the corners and put them on one ring. The cards do take up less room despite still being the same amount of cardboard simply because they can no longer open, though some cards where the person has written their message on the left hand side are even easier to minimize.
Throwing them away is too hard now that it’s been 10+ years for some of them.
Here are some of my favourites.
People don’t often give cards these days, which I don’t mind so much because it’s better for the environment, but I do love these old ones. And the rare ones given in adulthood are just as treasured.