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DIY Christmas Cards

Posted by Emily Perowne Oxfam supporter, daydreamer and lover of all things sustainable

21st Dec 2012

A friend sent me a touching email the other day, saying that instead of sending out Christmas cards from now on she was going to donate the money she would spend on buying and posting them to a different charity each Christmas. It's such a lovely idea, but I really do enjoy the process of sending cards, and I couldn't imagine not doing it each Christmas! 

So I decided to try and save money by making my own cards! I'd seen a brilliant thing on the Internet a few months ago about how to recycle old paint charts and it gave me this idea for my cards…

I've created a really basic step by step to show you what I did. The cards I used are made from recycled materials and I bought them in a multipack from a craft shop last summer. I also used paper punches that I bought online back in October (as I knew the prices would increase the closer to Christmas it became) and the alphabet stamp set that was a gift for my birthday. It doesn't matter if you don't have any of these things, you can create a template to draw round to achieve the same shapes, and you can hand write instead of stamping. Alternatively you can buy them in all good craft shops or online, safe in the knowledge that you will get many more years of use out of them!

Unfortunately we've missed the last postal date for guaranteed delivery before Christmas now, but there's still plenty of time to deliver your cards by hand to family members and friends. And this year, why not donate the money you would have spent on stamps, to Oxfam instead? Wishing you all, a very Merry Christmas!

Blog post written by Emily Perowne

Oxfam supporter, daydreamer and lover of all things sustainable

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