Instead of throwing out those old wedding invitations that pile in the mail in summer, I repurpose the religious ones into new cards for Indian holidays like Diwali. Here are some that I have done, cutting up bits and pieces of several cards to make new ones.
1.) Pay attention to weight. You don’t want to make your cards too heavy and end up paying more than standard postage for them. I bought a box of A2 envelopes and keep all my cards small enough to fit in there. The size limitation helps limit the card’s weight as well.
2.) I try to use as much of the original card as possible. You can break apart envelopes and remove the decorative lining. And in cards with a lot of writing on them, you can always cut around the words to get nice borders.
3.) I glue cards together, written side facing in, to get a blank surface to work on. Occasionally this isn’t possible so I use cardstock instead.
4.) If you’re reusing the thinner invitations that feel pulpy, Elmer’s glue will show through most of them, and sometimes soak through the thin paper too.
And with Diwali just a few weeks away, here are some more of my Diwali related posts:
How to make Lakshmi, Ganpati, Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Ravan, Parvati, Shiva and Kartikeya out of felt
Upcycling old wedding invitations into greeting cards
Indian themed card table fort
Indian play food
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