What do you do with your Christmas cards after 12th night?
I have a few options.
1) My very favourite card I generally use as a book mark. It’s a lovely surprise, when I open a book, to find a card with a loving message, possibly years later! I do have a lot of books!
2) I cut up the cards and use the blank sides to write my endless lists. I keep a bundle of cards in a Bulldog clip. It is so much easier to take my shopping list, on a disposable card, to the supermarket.
3) I cut out the “Greetings” message. Punch a hole in the end. Thread ribbon or string through the hole and Hey Presto next years gift tags.
4) Finally I cut out card shapes on which I wind my embroidery threads. This helps me store them in a purpose made plastic box. It allows me find the correct colour and prevent the threads getting knotted. If I’m very organised I write the make and colour code on the side of the card so that I can purchase more of the same colour if required.
I can honestly say that I make full use of my old cards- I re-use, re-cycle and occasionally re-find!
What do you do with your old Christmas cards?
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Following a request from mammamakesandbakes.wordpress.com I thought you might like to know how to make container candles. (Also take a peek at her blog, it’s good!)
Choose your containers, I use china and/or glass. The finer the china the prettier the candle as you will have a transparent effect as the candle burns down. I have never known the heat to crack the cups so don’t worry. China cups etc have really increased in price since I started but you could miss match cups and saucers if you wish.I use soy wax as it is Eco friendly,burns without soot,and burns slowly. The soy wax burns with a rich cream colour, rather like a magic potion! I use http://www.fullmoons-cauldron.co.uk to supply wax and wicks. They are very efficient and prompt delivery.
You need to position the wicks in the clean container. I re cycle wooden coffee stirrers from a well known coffee shop chain. Fasten two together at either end with elastic bands so that you can grip the wick between the stirrers and balance them across the cup.
Melt the wax in a double boiler. You can use a jug in a pan of boiling water which makes pouring of wax easier. When the wax is melted pour into the container with the wick in the middle. It is best to pour a full candle in one go and avoid droplets of water getting in. Leave to set without moving over night and voila! Candle complete. Good luck!