Five Creative Ways to use Greeting Cards

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Have you been to the new Hallmark card section of Walmart? I went this past weekend, and I am addicted! It’s like a little Hallmark store inside Walmart with more than just cards.

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They had patio furniture on display right outside the card section, so Nate and the kids sat and people watched while I was sucked into the awesome of all things Hallmark. I just love to read funny cards.  I could probably stay there all day. 

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I found the funniest pet cards on the end cap.  These cards aren’t “for” pets, but feature actual people’s pets with hilarious sayings for birthdays.  They were all so funny, I had a hard time narrowing it down.

Do you know about the Hallmark Card Rewards Program?  If you’re not a member, sign up here.  You can earn rewards for every 5 cards you buy! And, now you can earn rewards when you buy Hallmark cards at Walmart!

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I love greeting cards, but I like to do more with them than just giving them on birthdays and anniversaries.  Here are some quick and easy tutorials for creative ways to use greeting cards:

General Supplies

  • Glue or glue stick (use a permanent bond one)
  • Bone folder
  • pencil
  • scissors/rotary cutter
  • mason jars
  • CD or saucer – for tracing
  • stylus
  • clear contact paper

1.  Cut out circles and put them in the top of the lid of a mason jar for gift giving. This one got a laugh and a big smile when I gave it to one of my kids’ teachers full of homemade cookies.

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2. Cut the card in half and trim it down.  Then insert it into a mason jar as “gift wrapping” around some homemade treats.  (I love this rooster picture, LOL)

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3.  Make a gift box out of the card.

  • 1.  Cut the greeting card in half at the fold.
  • 2.  Take the front of the greeting card and flip it over to the wrong side.  Mark it as shown with a pencil, measuring 0.75 inches from each edge.  (The blue lines are where cuts will be made.)

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  • 3.  Make at a cut at each blue line.
  • 4,  Using a bone folder, fold along each black line edge.
  • 5.  At the square cuts, apply glue to the right side, then fold inward and attach as shown.

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  • 6.  Let dry, then do the exact same thing to the back piece of the card.  Make sure to fold it so that the inside greeting of the card will be IN the box when it’s opened, like the picture.

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  • 7.  Slide the top onto the bottom, and it’s an instant box.  Perfect for small gifts or gift cards!

4. Make a Pillow Box. 

  • 1.  Cut the card in half at the fold and discard the back.
  • 2.  Using a stylus, score the lower edge about 1/2 inch from edge.  Then, score the center (marked from the first scored edge to the top of the card.)
  • 3.  Fold both edges using a bone folder.

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  • 4.  Using a saucer or old CD, score the edge of each side opening.  Make sure to do both front and back of each side (a total of 4 times, since it is folded).  Cut along the scoring.
  • 5.  Now use the CD to score an elliptical edge as shown in picture #2.  Do this a total of 4 times, one for each side.  Crease along each of these scored marks.
  • 6.  Glue the folded edge to the top edge of the card.  Then, fold each elliptical inward to form the box closures.

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5.  Make waterproof coasters. 

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  •  1.  Cut the card at the fold and trim front and back to about a square size.
  • 2.  Optional: Glue the funny message to the picture.
  • 3.  Glue the front to the back with the inside message facing the back, so it can be seen.
  • 4.  Cut 2 pieces of clear contact paper about 1/2 inch larger.  Apply it to both sides, and then trim the edges to about 1/8 inch all the way around.
  • 5.  You’re done! I just love these coasters.  The funny sayings make me giggle every time I use one!

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5 Comments on Five Creative Ways to use Greeting Cards

  1. Christine
    February 28, 2014 at 6:12 pm (8 months ago)

    I especially like that last one! It’s fun and original!

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  2. Emma @ P is for Preschooler
    February 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm (8 months ago)

    What great ideas – I never would have thought of these! As a blogger, I must say you nailed this post! :)

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  3. EMily
    February 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm (8 months ago)

    oh thats fun! I love making a gift box out of the cards! So clever ;o)

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  4. Shannon Gosney
    March 8, 2014 at 8:43 pm (8 months ago)

    These are some really great ideas for ways to use your Hallmark Funny Pets Greeting Cards. I love the selection of Hallmark Cards at Walmart too and could browse for a long time – easily! Thanks for sharing. #client

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  5. Virginia
    March 29, 2014 at 6:43 am (7 months ago)

    These are wonderful… will be showing my visitors this post. You know what? I thought of another idea that maybe you could add to this post… How about making cupcake toppers or cupcake wrappers with the cards? Maybe I will add that idea to my site because it would be easy! Oh, here’s another idea- Bag toppers! Oh, the ideas are just a flowing now! Thank you! Visit my site if you get a chance.

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