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Monday, December 5, 2011

Upcycled Paper Bags and Greeting Cards

I always save nice shopping bags. I'm a bit of a hoarder that way. If they're in good shape and not creased, I like to reuse and repurpose them. It's a shame to throw them out, some of them are very good quality paper, with satin ribbon or rope handles, perfectly reusable.


Same goes for greeting cards. People spend so much money on greeting cards, which get a quick glance, then get forgotten.

So I thought to myself, self, reusing these bags is good for the environment and it helps save money. It's a win win! Since these bags often have a store or company logo though, I thought of reusing greeting cards by cutting the back part of the card and covering the logo with the front part. 
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I try to use a card that is proportionate to the bag's size and compatible in colour.
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Add coordinating tissue paper, a gift tag (these can also be upcycled from cards) and here we are!
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These are perfect for teachers' or hostesses' gifts, or items that are awkward to wrap. Of course, you don't have to just make them at Christmas. You can repurpose birthday and Valentine's day cards and any other occasion.


This is also an easy craft to do with children. Enjoy!




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7 comments:

  1. I hate to throw out a paper bag like these and never thought of using cards to cover up the store logo! Great idea and wonderful re-cycling project! Now I feel less like a 'hoarder' and more like a person concerned with the environment! Right?? :) hugs, Linda

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  2. i admit....
    i too,
    hoard bags!!! hahahaha

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  3. This is a cute idea! I save lots of my cards and I keep them in a cubby in my secretary desk. I also save my xmas cards and then at xmas time, I display them even though they are from years past...I like the idea of making pretty bags out of the less sentimental cards.

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  4. This is a great idea! Love your blog, and I am your newest follower.
    Thank you for your kind comment on Tina's post of yesterday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  5. How pretty! These look lovely all together like that. What a great idea!

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  6. o wow that is def a gr8 idea!! def never thought about that!!

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  7. This is such a great DIY idea!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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