What can I do with my greeting card collection?

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I have every greeting card I have been given. Approximately 1300. Any ideas besides making scrapbooks, or albums, to display them?
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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Feb 21, 2017
    Organizing them into cute hanging booklets can look really great!
    http://www.hometalk.com/665451/how-to-decorate-with-greeting-cards
  • Kenna Kenna on Feb 21, 2017
    Use a cookie cutter to trace a pattern on the decorative portion of the card. Cut out and glue to fine rope . Use as a folliday garland. Turns out great.

    donate to a child care center or school for their arts and crafts program
  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 21, 2017
    Wow! You can decoupage them to a blank wall and have a memory wall!
  • Tawnee Jenzen Tawnee Jenzen on Feb 21, 2017
    Hmmmm I like that idea. I want to save the inside of the greeting card as well, since that holds a lot of sentiment from people who are no longer alive, I'n not so sure that part would look good...
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    • Tawnee Jenzen Tawnee Jenzen on Feb 22, 2017
      I'm sorry. You seem a bit offended. I really like parts of the ideas, and think I will incorporate a little of each. I'm not trying to turn down anyone's idea-just trying to give a little more input into what I need to do so that maybe everyone brainstorming would better understand what I am looking to do. I never meant to offend anyone.
  • Zest it Up Zest it Up on Feb 21, 2017
    Being in the event industry, we get a lot of "Thank you!" cards from clients, vendors, and even employees!! Here's a nifty idea we used to display our cards: http://zestitup.com/sheet-metal-magnetic-board/
    We hope you're feeling inspired! Can't wait to see what you do!!
  • Tawnee Jenzen Tawnee Jenzen on Feb 22, 2017
    Thank you everyone for all the ideas! I have gotten some really good feedback and think I might incorporate a little of each into a display wall in my craft room.
    I am currently in the process of building a home, so when I am able, I will post pictures of the final project. Thanks again.
  • Tawnee Jenzen Tawnee Jenzen on Feb 22, 2017
    Perfect. Exactly what will work for my collection. I didn't want just scrapbooks or albums, and I didn't want to lose any part of the card. This idea adds to the home décor, and allows for display and organized storage of the cards at the same time. Wonderful! Thank you!
  • Cyn17651197 Cyn17651197 on Feb 23, 2017
    I found scrapbooks get too bulky with greeting cards. I have put the greeting cards for each family member on a metal ring. You can get them at Office Depot, Staples, or Walmart. I get a paper puncher and punch a hole in the upper left top corner of all of the cards and put them on a ring. Somewhere on the card I put the date, event (birthday, Easter, Christmas, Halloween, or other holiday); or even the age if it's a birthday card.
  • Dfm Dfm on Feb 24, 2017
    I"ve been known to frame special cards, and use them in a wall collage.
  • Ruby Corder Ruby Corder on Feb 24, 2017
    I have made super cute little baskets using old cards. Using Christmas cards, I make the baskets and put little gifts inside for the ladies in my Sunday School class. Just google it. They really are fun and pretty!!
  • 9530106 9530106 on Feb 24, 2017
    You could photo copy some of the special sentiments that you want to see for sure, and then use in frames, shadow boxes, or whatever you decide to do. Display the sentiment beside the card maybe along with a photo of said person!
  • Ella Frierson Bond Ella Frierson Bond on Feb 25, 2017
    I save very little. But, if they are precious to you, you should scan them onto your computer and save on external device. I always think about HOME FIRE !! I have scanned hundreds of photos, children's artwork, important papers, etc. I use Carbonite, because I know they will be safe. Can't recommend Carbonite enough. Just $60 a year. Just download it - then everything you put on your computer is saved automatically. so easy
    • Juli Capo Juli Capo on Feb 25, 2017
      I have done the same thing, years later printing out a child's drawing for the now adult as gift wrap, frame for a cute powder room accent, make placemats from prints of the old birthday cards for a party, same with Christmas, it is a fun surprise for everyone.
  • Teresa Teresa on Feb 26, 2017
    I agree with making baskets. Two beautiful souls that lived near me when first married used to make bowls, ornaments, and an entire Christmas village out of greeting cards. They pierced the edges and embroidered or sewed them together. Hopefully there is some instructions somewhere that shows how they were done.
  • Lillian Tremblay Lillian Tremblay on Feb 26, 2017
    You can also make labels for Christmas presents or bookmarks or use any blank sides to write on ie make grocery lists, paint or if you do paint, you can paint over the picture. I have kept all my wedding cards for 45 years. For those that I do have pictures from my wedding I put them side by side in an album some pictures are on the inside of the card.
  • Judy Judy on Mar 02, 2017
    You can give them to a nursing home, for they can make a basket from them, by saving the main pic., and then putting string thru the sides of pic., they will turn out great, and lots of homes collect them. All seasons can, for Easter cards, Mothers day cards, and so forth, as Christmas. Enjoy your self, and keep on saving cards, they are too beautiful to throw away. We save the front of the card, and reuse the card, per yr., for we can't afford a new card, each yr. Just paste the front of the card, to construction paper, and reuse. Be sure to send it to a diff person, than the signature said on the inside tho, ok? Enjoy!!
  • F0xldy F0xldy on Mar 03, 2017
    I have cut cards up to make my own "to/from" tags for presents...cut the outside 1" or so to keep in tact for a framed picture border, if not embossed I cut the back folded side off and reused them as post cards, use it as another greeting / to-from card to slip inside a present, put 4 cards of same size side by side - punch holes down the edges and weave yarn thru to connect them to make a colorful square or rectangle planter cover. keep thinking!
  • Nancy Nancy on Mar 03, 2017
    Scan them, sentiments included. Have a fabulous poster and frame it for your new craft room. Many online poster-making sites can do this for you. I worked in our local museum and scanned everything imaginable. I often made collages of items when space was at a premium.
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