How to Turn Unwanted Greeting Cards into Colourful Bunting
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="320"] For inexpensive quirky bunting have a go at making this, by recycling some unwanted greeting cards. We show you how[/caption]I had a pile of greeting cards that we had discontinued, and since I hate waste of any sort, I thought I'd recycle them into a colourful length of bunting. Here's what I did: I roughly tore the cards into triangle shapes aiming to get a rough edge along the torn edges
The rough edges will soak up water nicely; mix up some colour in water. Using what I had to hand I used ink for one colour and dilute watercolour for the rest. But you could use anything that is water soluble - experiment with acrylic or even food dye.
Dip the torn edges into the dilute colour so that the colour can be taken up by the paper:
And hang the triangles up to dry; I used a clothes airer and some pegs as they were both handy:
Once you have a nice stack of colourful triangles it's time to chose your ribbon. I decided on this simple green and white gingham ribbon from Jane Means Ribbons. I think it looks fab with these colours and brings the whole together.
Collect together all that you will need to assemble your bunting. White pva glue is perfect, and I use either bulldog clips or clothers pegs to hold the ribbon in place while the glue is drying.
And then you're ready to party, or decorate your room. The bunting is one sided, since the greeting card design will be on the back, but hey, it just feels so good to create something fun out of all those old cards (especially all those Christmas cards from previous years)
How have you recycled old cards in the past? I'd love to hear your creative ideas.