Little dears reindeer card

This is the biggest pizza box card I’ve made to date – stretched out its about 180cm (about 6 foot long).

It all started by deciding to do handprint (and footprint) Christmas cards, we tried lots of fun ideas and then made a pair of reindeer for each child. For the background we did crayon etching – we coloured the entire background in with coloured wax crayon (quite a job) and then coloured a layer of black crayon over that so we could scratch out the stars and message. The reindeer are joined with some gift wrap ribbon.

This one went in the post with the idea it could be displayed on a mantlepiece, sideboard etc.

Cards from dis-cards

I’m always looking for ways to make cards from packaging and recycled materials – and ways to recycle old cards.

Many of my cards are made the night before they’re needed which explains their ‘thrown together’ qualities. I really like making them (there’s nothing like a deadline to give you focus). Many are made from frozen pizza boxes (we tend to have a lot of them), the card is similar to cereal boxes but comes in squares. I often use wood glue (PVA) to glue them together and I like to look for ways to make them 3D and interactive. These large ones are for immediate family so we don’t need to post them. We store them in boot boxes (bigger than shoe boxes) and they’re lovely things to rifle through when you’re feeling sentimental. The biggest impact my card making has had is to inspire my kids to make creative cards themselves – we’ve now quite a collection!

Out of the box

Projects using cardboard boxes.