Gift cards are certainly a practical gift. Since we used most of our gift cards to shop online from Target, Old Navy, American Girl or even iTunes, we ended up with a drawer full of used gift cards. Add to that old hotel keys and discount store cards and you've soon got a pile of plastic. While the money may be gone, the gift cards aren't worthless. They still hold value in the hand of the crafts minded.
Create a clever bookmark from an old gift card.
Old gift card
Piece of ribbon, about 8 inches
Take the hole punch and punch a hole near the center of the top of the card. Loop a stand of ribbon threw and tie a knot. Now your gift card can keep on giving as a durable bookmark.
DIY stencils are perfect for preschoolers.
Old gift cards
Dot to dots are a great pre-writing tool for preschoolers. You can make your own stencil cards for preschoolers in letters, shapes or numbers. Draw on the gift card with the permanent marker and follow the lines to cut out holes with the hole puncher. Now kids can use the stencils to make dots on the paper and connect them together like dot to dot pictures. This is a fun center time activity. Kids love handmade things that are different.
Make a mosaic.
Mosaics are often created with paper or tiles but you can create your own mosaic tiles by cutting up old cards. We tested with a paper cutter but heavy-duty scissors will work, too.
Old gift cards
Paper cutter or heavy scissors
Cardboard background paper or craft project
Cut up old gift cards or credit cards into small shapes and reassemble into a mosaic picture. This is a clever way to cover a picture frame, mirror frame, the inside of a tray, treasure box top or even for a collage for a school project like a book report.
Don't throw away those cut out circles.
When you use a hole-puncher to cut out circles from a finished gift card or even an expired credit card, don't throw away those little circle cut outs. They can be used so many ways. Think eyes and nose for kid's animal crafts, flower centers for handmade cards or let it snow, let it snow with recycled plastic snowballs for winter art.
My favorite reuse for recycled gift cards is to decorate the top edge of a flowerpot with colorful dots cut out of old gift cards. When you save these plastic circles, the ideas will just keep coming round and round.