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Frugal DIY Greeting Cards (from Magazines!)

Hey all!  How are you doing with this whole social distance thing?  Surviving?  I’m just so ready for it to be over but alas, it is what it is right now I guess.

So, considering so many of us are stuck at home and finding ways to get creative and pass the time I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite frugal DIYs.

Now before we start, this project depends on having a stack of old magazines at your disposal.  If you don’t have that you can always get creative in other ways, using construction paper or whatever you may have on hand, but for the sake of my project I’m using old magazines.

Ok, now onward to the craft!  Today folks we’re making DIY greeting cards, which, if you’re on a no spend year like me is great because it means you won’t feel the temptation to spend money on cards.

What you’ll need (and hopefully you already have on hand):

Old magazines
Glue
Scissors
Cardstock or printer paper
Pen/Pencil

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Step 1:  Flip through your magazines looking specifically for pages with large areas of solid colors OR cool looking prints.  Tear out the pages.

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Step 2:  Go through and cut out the solid colors from the pages, attempt to keep the pieces a straight as possible (think rectangles).

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Step 3:  Cut the pieces into small squares

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Step 4:  Now take your glue and cardstock/printer paper or whatever you’re going to use to make the body of the card.  I had a bunch of blank cards I got at Michaels a while back so that’s what I used.  Begin gluing the small squares to the card in whatever pattern you like, going line by line.  Don’t worry about letting parts of the squares overhang the sides, we’ll take care of that on the next step.

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Step 5:  Now that you’re done gluing on the squares flip the card over and trim the edges.

Step 6:  Now is the time to embellish.  You can do this however you’d like.  You can even just keep the card as a plain pattern.  If you want to keep the frugal concepts going you can cut out shapes from other magazine pages or extra printer paper (like I did here).  OR of course you can use stickers, glitter, whatever else you may have on hand.

And there you go, you have some easy frugal greeting cards and (hopefully) didn’t even have to visit a craft store!