Isn’t it crazy how many plastic gift cards you can collect after a period of time? Even though the cards can be reloaded they often aren’t, and instead, just get thrown away or tossed in the bottom of an old purse. Whether you’ve stopped using your credit cards, or you’ve come by quite a collectioun of old gift cards, you can easily recycle them into cool refrigerator magnets for the kitchen.
One quick craft lets you make a unique picture frame from an old credit or gift card. Simply cut two identical pieces of felt or fabric to begin. The material pieces should be slightly longer and a little wider than the actual card itself. Position the card on top of one of the fabric pieces making sure the right side of the material is facing the table. Cut a square or circle out of the second piece of fabric to display a photo. Glue the photo directly to the center of the credit card then lay the other piece of material over the card, trapping the credit card as well as the photo between the two pieces. Glue along the edges of the fabric and keep the glue really close to the edges of the card. After the glue has dried trim away excess fabric. Place a piece of adhesive magnetic sheeting on the back so you can hang it.
Make a number of different flower basket magnets by starting with a credit or gift card. Glue whatever you want to the front to make the theme. Some choices include toothpicks with the tips cut off, tiny pom-poms, fake jewels, twigs, small rocks, broken glass or dish pieces, little buttons or even glitter glue. After covering the card glue a button magnet to the backside, right in the middle. If you want the flower basket to be more dimensional stack two of the magnets together. Now begin gluing small flowers, leaves, vines and sprigs to create the design you want. You can even make a tiny sign that sticks up out of the garden. It’s a cute craft that puts that credit card to go use.
You don’t absolutely have to turn the cards into something for the refrigerator. Cut up assorted plastic cards and use them as mosaic pieces. Paint them first or use them as-is. Hot glue the pieces onto things like picture frames, mirrors, purses, baskets, drawer knobs, lampshades and many other things. Create different looks by the sizes you cut the pieces, whether or not the colors are all the same or different, and the background of the piece on which the mosaic pieces are placed.
In the past few years many people have cut up their credit cards and are now using cash. And, lots of people have given out plastic gift cards for all sorts of occasions. If you find you no longer need that Christmas tree, reindeer or Santa card you’ll know what to do with them. Turn them into cool things for your house but just don’t take ’em to the store!