Have you ever wondered what to do with Christmas cards after the holidays have passed? I found a very cute and rewarding idea. Many children who are sick and in the hospital need to be cheered up, one way to do that is to have a hand made storybook. Children with infectious diseases need to be able to throw away anything that they touch and a storybook can be thrown away. With the picture storybook, it can be read and played with, they can enjoy the bright and cheerful pictures and then it can be destroyed. Make a child’s day and keep this thought in mind the next time you receive cards.
Another great idea is to cut out pictures from your photo cards and make a plate. This could be a gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, the next Christmas or anything that suits your needs. All you need to do is cut out some pictures and greetings, get the plate you want, a clear one works best. Turn the plate upside down and using decoupage solution, glue the pictures and greetings on the plate in any order you want.
Many times I will look at a Christmas card and truly do not want to get rid of it, another idea to keep the memories from year to year is to make a Christmas place mat. This is a great idea for the kids to have. Cut out the pictures and greetings you want, arrange the pieces on an 11 x 17 piece of paper and glue them down. You can cut the paper before or after you have the pictures in place to give it a pretty edge or you can just leave it alone. When the place mat is finished, remember to have it laminated and with a permanent marker, right information on the back such as a year, names of people in the photos, ages the kids were when the place mat was made, etc. These too make great gifts.
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