10 Creative Ways to Reuse Old Playing Cards
Don't Throw Away Old Playing Cards!
Instead of throwing away miscellaneous items found around your home, reuse them for different purposes. For instance, do you see that old deck of playing cards? Don't throw it away! If a few have gone missing, that's okay. Here are ten DIY ideas you can do to upcycle those playing cards.
1. Tiny Journal
The cover of this tiny journal or pocket diary is made from just one playing card! It's pocket-sized, making it perfect for grocery and to-do lists, poems, and any random thoughts that come to mind. You can easily make this to be a great stocking stuffer.
Here are a few items you can use to decorate them:
- Craft gemstones
- Old stamps
- Scrapbook paper
2. Scrapbooking Embellishments
When making a scrapbook page that features a special number such as 5th wedding anniversary, playing cards can certainly complete the page. They add color and style as well as making the number stand out. You can also use them for their symbols: hearts for love or diamonds for wealth for example.
3. Alice in Wonderland Party
Playing cards make a great addition to any Alice in Wonderland-themed party. Since they are an important part of the story, you can pretty much put them anywhere and they will look great as decorations.
- Hang them from the ceiling or tree branches.
- Transform them into tiny men by adding paper heads, arms, and legs!
4. Gift Tags
Turning cards into gift tags is an easy and practical way to reuse playing cards. You can make them as simple or as fancy as you like. Try cutting around the border to create a different shape or add small embellishments. Punch a hole in the center and add ribbon for a finished look!
Playing cards are stiff, so they're a great item to transform into ornaments. You can alter the card as little or as much as you want. Add embellishments and hanging beads for a special effect.
6. Artists Trading Card
Artists trading cards are tiny works of art that measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches. Using a playing card is the perfect way to get started and works great as a base because of the firm paper. Use your creative energy and imagination to turn the ordinary playing card into a miniature masterpiece. Cut, tear, glue, stamp, and paint to make these little cards look fantastic.
7. 52 Reasons Why
If you have a full deck, you can put this project together for a special loved one.
- On each card, write a reason sharing why you love him or her, like "you always make me smile" or "you smell good."
- Punch a hole or two in each card. Make sure they're in the same spot on each card so that everything lines up perfectly.
- Bind the cards together with a ring,
There you have it! Now you have the perfect gift for an anniversary, birthday, Valentine's Day, or any other special occasion.
8. Miniature Art Book
This miniature art book is put together the same way as the "52 Reasons Why" craft. It also features the art aspect of "Artist Trading Cards," where each card is altered. It's a multi-media sketchbook where you can see your ideas and images come together in a small and portable way. Experiment and use your imagination!
This easy-to-make banner would be perfect for a casino-themed party or even an Alice in Wonderland party! Just cut some red string that spans the area you need to cover, and tape (or glue for more permanency) the cards to the front of the string. Make sure to measure out the length so everything's evenly spaced out.
10. Decorative Elements
Cut out different shapes and designs using an Exacto knife or sharp scissors. You now have awesome embellishments you can use for anything: cards, art books, and any other crafts. Layer your designs for a special effect!