If you are looking for a way to reduce waste, save money, help reduce the number of trees we use for paper and make a thoughtful art gift, why not consider making your own gift cards? It’s an easy and creative process that will be sure to impress your friends and relatives. It can be a great green activity to do along with your kids which they will sure to love.
1. Spend a week or two saving the paper you would normally place in the recycling. Try to save white as well as the colored paper that may come as flyers to your mailbox.
2. Once you have a hefty stack, hand-shred or use a machine to shred the paper into thin strips.
3. In a paint-roller tray, soak the paper in water until it is soft and on the fibres are loosened.
4. In an older blender or food processor, simply, well, blend until the paper reaches a paste consistency.
5. Fold any additional decor you would like into the paste. You may want to fold in fresh or dried flowers, or a kids’ favourite like sparkles or glitter.
6. With a roll pin, roll the paste out on a firm surface or, if you would like to avoid messy countertops, in an old cookie tray.
7. Place the paper in a sunny spot to dry. This may take a day or two depending on the humidity in your environment.
8. Once the paste is dry, you will have a nice, thick, artisan paper you can cut into card size. Consider using scalloped scissors here for extra effect.
9. You can keep the cards elegantly simple, or let your kids draw and write their own special messages.
10. Make sure to write “paper and design by” on the back, so the receiver knows just how much love you put into the creation!