Monday, 6 January 2014

A Simple Christmas Cards Upcycle

Got lots of Christmas Cards that were nice this Year?

I did so I had an idea!

Today is the first Monday of the new year, 
      first weekday after our son has returned to his home after Christmas with us, 
          first full day that my husband is back to work after the Christmas break. 

 So today is "Back to Normal Day" for me.

I both like this day and dread this day.

Like it because I get my house back in order (it just never is completely tidy or in any sort of routine over the Christmas Holidays).

Dread it because I have to be the one to get it back in order.

Like it because it means all the decorations get put away until next year and I am really ready for that after 3/4 weeks

Dread it because it means all the decorations having to be taken down and wrapped up and put away mostly by me.

Just some of the Lounge decorations this year

Like it because I can get back to the normal activities of the week like washing and ironing and housework when I would normally schedule them.

Dread it because I don't particularly enjoy the washing, ironing and housework.

Like it because it is the start of the year and I feel like making changes and promising myself I will keep all the household things up to date.

Dread it because to get things up to date is a tall order after the slack time of the holiday and I think of all the things that I am always saying I must get round to doing but don't do them.

I bought this TUIT for my husband years ago because he is just as bad as me

Like it because we are back to normal meals again without leftovers and feeling obliged to eat the last of the cakes we baked.

Dread it because I enjoy Christmas leftovers and cakes

Our son baked this cinnamon & clove cake with vanilla butter icing to his own recipe and it was really nice

Like it because I can sort out the Christmas cards, cut out parts of the cards I want to keep or take pics of the cards I think I might want to use as illustrations and make a list of who I should be contacting by phone, email or letter from notes and letters that came with the cards.

Dread it because then that list either has to be worked through and I am hopeless on the phone etc. or it will eventually be abandoned and I will feel bad about that.

But then I had an idea that brightened up the day.

Something I could do with the cards I really liked, because normally I just cut off the picture part and put them away thinking I will use them someday.

So today I did something different

I cut off the pictures I liked and laminated them and then put some magnets on the back and now I can use them as Christmas magnets to decorate the large fridge freezer next year.  That was after I had taken photos of them because you never know when those would come in handy.

The new Christmas Card Magnets

If I had been willing to spend more time I could have cut them into different shapes or placed them on different coloured card slightly larger than them to make a sort of surround or frame effect but I just took the easier and quickest option.  

Maybe some day I will hunt out the pictures I have kept from Christmas cards in previous years and make better magnets with them.

Only problem with all that is it means   -    MORE DECORATIONS!

AND  I didn't get everything done that I should have!

What have you done with your Christmas Cards this year?
I would love to hear more ideas.

Do you have a back to normal day like this?


  1. Lol, I love this post. So much here that I could relate to and which made me smile!
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

    1. Hi again Mel, Glad to make you smile and glad someone else is like me.

  2. Did I write this post, lol??? My son and his wife returned to their home, my husband went back to work, and I am the one to put the decorations away and clean up the house. Thanks for sharing it over at WholeHearted Home.

    1. Hi again Judith, I think we have quite a lot in common from reading your blog too.

  3. Oh my... this sounds just like me! Round TUIT is perfect. My goal is to have Christmas put away by Friday and I can tell it won't start to happen until Friday. LOL

    1. Hi again Deb, yes I'm like that so during last year I decided that when I wanted to have something done by a certain date I would put it in my planner for several days earlier and then instead of starting when I had hoped to finish I had more chance of doing it on time.

  4. What a fun post and Round Tuit is perfect! Thanks for sharing.
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    1. Hi again Connie, that round tuit was supposed to be a coaster but my husband now laughs at me as I won't let him use it as a coaster because I don't want it to get destroyed.

  5. I can definitely relate to the Like It Dread It feelings after the holidays. I need a round tuit -- except there is a very long list of to do's waiting and that is a "Dread It" thing!

    1. Know what you mean Charlene, the todo lists never seem to end.

  6. I don't do anything special with old Christmas cards, except to re-read them. I was thinking of using the pictures to make mini notepads for stocking stuffers this year.