Painting with packaging

I’m always looking for new ideas for making cards from what I have – and this is the latest.

I took whatever bits of cardboard packaging I had in the recycling bin and cut up packages to make the card bases. Then I peeled colour off the rest to make a torn collage. It was strangely liberating to be gluing lots of bits on here and there. I just made it up as I went along.

I was pleased that there were so many bright colours and textures. There were also some shiny silver from a toothpaste tube box and gold on a chocolate box. I’m looking forward to whatever colour palettes happen to be in my recycling bin next time I need to send a card.

Recycled and Recyclable.

Materials and base

Fun stuff

Out of the box

Projects using cardboard boxes.

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!