Upcycling Creativity with Homemade Cards

homemade pumpkin card1 1024x680 Upcycling Creativity with Homemade Cards<<This post was published in Huffington Post here.>>

What I didn’t completely grasp before having kids was that one of the most joyful parts of having children is getting to re-experience (and maybe appreciate that much more) all of the best bits of childhood. Having my son brought me back to the colorful and vibrant world of creativity that I so enjoyed as a child—from drawing for hours on end, to creating my own secret language with my best friend, to taking copious notes in my secret spy journal–documenting all the less-than-exciting conversations I eavesdropped on and entirely mundane observations I had made while perched in my favorite park tree (in my secret language, of course).

Practically from birth, I was waiting for my son to grow big enough to sit with me at my art table in our craft room so that we could work on a project together. One of the first projects we completed was thank you cards addressed to guests who attended his 2nd birthday party (a firetruck themed party: the berries we hot-glued onto the cards were also used as centerpieces at his party).

homemade thank you card2 Upcycling Creativity with Homemade Cardshomemade thank you cards1 And what can be more fun and versatile than homemade cards (not to mention messy if you are not careful—I suggest using shoeboxes to organize various supplies and odds and ends and labeling each box).

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Not only are the possibilities for types of cards endless, but also in particular the possibilities for reusing and recycling odds and ends that call for another life.

The holiday cards we sent out last year we created from upcycling many years of past holiday cards that we received, but I could never throw away. All those years of storage in my closet finally paid off!homemade christmas card1

Some other beloved materials that often make appearances in my homemade cards include dried plants and flowers, washi tape, scrapbooking paper, maps, buttons/ribbons/strings, photos, embossed stamps, hand-sewn flourishes with needles and thread, toys and miniatures, and even candy.

homemade-valentinehomemade-valentineBut the most divine part of working with kids to make homemade cards is that no matter what the result—the cards are always cute–even if an utter disaster. More than a few times my son and I have assembled a birthday card fifteen minutes before leaving for the party: he randomly places stickers on a trimmed piece of construction or scrapbooking paper, I stamp the child’s name and the date, and together we hot-glue on a few crafty elements ranging from string, ribbons, bits of tissue paper or paper scraps to abandoned or never used toys to feathers and mini-banners.

Not only does the recipient (pint-sized or otherwise) appreciate the efforts of a homemade card just as much (if not more) than a store bought card, but inevitably they both end up in the same place (usually at the bottom of a shoebox, a drawer, or a closet).

And, if you’ve ever had the chance to sort through all the cards you’ve received during the last 5, 10, or 15 years like I have (particularly after a series of monumental life events such as graduation, marriage, and/or having children), you most likely have come to the very stark realization that the greeting card business is a very lucrative one–which may provide you with even more motivation to make your own.

homemade pumpkin cards 2Get more inspiration for your own homemade cards here: http://www.pinterest.com/fatveganbaby/cards/


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September 29, 2014 - 2:10 pm

Jessica C - One thing that I would love to learn more about is card making!! Cards are so expensive to buy, there are times I think it might be cheaper just to make my own!

September 29, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Vanessa - Very cute! Seems like a lot of fun!

September 29, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Dawn @ Pin-n-Tell - First of all… your imagery on the site is FAB!! Love all the ideas you have for upcycling when it comes to homemade cards.. I think I just may do this for my Christmas Cards this Seasion :) Thank you for the inspiration!

September 29, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Jessica Beal Harlow - You do beautiful work! I love the photo of your little boy looking up to you. What fun quality time together!

September 29, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Carmen Perez - Your work is beautful! And I am just like you, I loved creating crafts with my dughter when she wa little. NOw we are both mega scrapbookers! LOL!!!

September 29, 2014 - 8:30 pm

lilce51286 - Creativity is a very big part in my life and it opens up other gateways. I find it useful especially in relationships :)) lovely post

September 29, 2014 - 8:44 pm

franna - Oh wow!!! s creative :) I can’t wait until my little guy is big enough for afternoons like this!

September 30, 2014 - 12:04 am

kungphoo - Very creative, I really like the cupcakes! Great work!

September 30, 2014 - 1:46 am

Veronica - I love the idea of home made cards. Great way to get the kiddos involved. Awesome pictures!

September 30, 2014 - 2:56 am

danisdecadentdeals - You have the most adorable photos:) Those crafts look like such fun!

September 30, 2014 - 4:39 am

Dov Shapira - Those cards are supper cute
I the ones with ribbon along the edges

September 30, 2014 - 4:43 am

Bismah Abdelgawad - It is always nice to see upcycled projects. There is nothing more beautiful than homemade cards, especially the ones made by little hands!

September 30, 2014 - 11:07 am

Manu Kalia - Wow, Very creative and unique! If only I have time to make one of this. My daughter would love you!

September 30, 2014 - 2:14 pm

eliz frank - You are very talented and make these home made cards look easy. I’d love to try my hand at it someday.

September 30, 2014 - 10:33 pm

Joanna Sormunen - Wonderful ideas! I just love all of these! And I would love to recive them too!

October 2, 2014 - 7:21 pm

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October 2, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Nicole Keener - I loved this! Very cute,definitely following your blog now! :) <3

October 2, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Nicole Keener - I loved this! Very cute,definitely following your blog now! :) <3

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