Sunday, August 22, 2010

sunday kids' craft: recycling old cards into kids' art

It's been a few weeks since I shared a Sunday kids' craft.  We've been crafting, but mostly with ordinary things . . .

like this

and this

and this

and this

Sometimes it's the simple things . . . crayons, foam stickers, paint markers, glue, scissors . . . that are the most fun.

That last picture is one of my favorite simple kids' crafts . . . cards recycled into art. 

Do you keep the cards that you are given for birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc?  If you don't, you are missing out on a simple and entertaining craft supply.  When we receive cards in our family, I simply cut off the front of the card or cut out any graphics on the inside or back.  Then I tuck these cut-outs into a craft container.  Here's a quick glance at my messy collection:

But this messy container becomes a source of super kid creativity as the girls pick through the cards choosing the ones that will become pictures like this:

My daughter told me that this is a picture of me giving her gifts on her birthday.  (She did an incredible job cutting out those gifts.  And I love how she cut out the solid colored card paper for the pants, shirt and dress which is complete with a contrasting pocket . . . she's a budding designer.  I'm a little surprised that she left me bald.  Maybe she thinks I would look really good bald.) 

And we are holding hands too . . . so cute!

I asked her why she was frowning.  She said, "I forgot how to draw a smile for a second, so I'm just smiling upside down."  I guess that's what a frown is . . . just an upside down smile waiting to be turned right side up! 

So start filing away those cards and your child might just be a budding recycled card artist.

Craft on!

I may link this idea to some of these great parties.


Jill said...

Those are beautiful pictures! You have talented children too! I love all the things that kids manage to recycle into crafts! I only hope I can continue finding uses for all these bits an pieces when the kids grow up!!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Great memories and such good practice for the children...budding artists!!!

The Charm of Home said...

What a cute bunch of little artists!! Great idea too. Very cute.

Alyssa said...

What a GREAT idea to use old cards. I recycle them...not anymore! Thanks for posting!

Kenzie said...

I have a box of cards too! Except I haven't used mine. Love the pictures!

Melissa said...

We save our cards too!!

I find it amazing what details children notice and incorporate into their artwork.

I love her reason for frowning!! Adorable.

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

That is so sweet. I love what she said about smiles. We used to do something similar - the kids would make cards for family every year from the previous year's Christmas cards. It was fun to see what they'd come up with.
And I think you'd look just great bald. ;)

Jocelyn Christensen said...

I thought you'd like this epattern!

Cap Creations said...

Your card art is great! What a wonderful idea! I mostly use my old cards to punch out hang tags for gift giving. Thanks for sharing.

Visiting from All Thingz Related.

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

Super cute! Your girls are dolls!

Traci said...

Great idea! Have you checked out the craft/art ideas on They are having a contest of sorts right now and they often have another in the Fall so you could do these great crafts with your kids and maybe win a prize in the process! I'm not affiliated with them, but I've been using their site for awhile and find lots of great crafty things for my boy. :)

Nancy said...

How cute those pictures are your daughter made. Good idea to keep cards....I seem to collect them but never put them to use. May just use them for scrapbooking or save them for the grandkids.

Robin Ange said...

Adorable! I would love if you would link this project up to my weekly upcycled linky party at or


Maya Kuzman said...

What a great project!!! I'll have to try this with my kids! Thanks for sharing!

Atticmag said...

That's such a sweet project and the children look so happy doing it. Definitely bookmarking!

Good news! We're staring a Friday Giveaway link-up party this Fri. 8/27 plus we are giving away custom backsplash! Please join us. Jane F.

(Single)Mommy said...

What a great idea!! Your kids are adorable!! I'm def gonna start saving all our cards now. I'm a new follower can't wait to start seeing more of your crafts.


Unknown said...

We are so glad you joined us for Anything Related! Come back tomorrow for another great party!

RedTedArt said...


LOVE your toddler cards. WE will have to make some too!

Fancy stopping by at the brand new Kid's Get Crafty every Wednesday at Red Ted Art? Would love to see your lovely craft there!!


Maggy, Red Ted Art

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

Cute pictures! And I make really great supplies!

Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

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