Christmas can be incredibly expensive.
But one thrifty mum has shared a genius hack that makes her Christmas cards go further every year.
Jessica Jarrett has come up with a brilliant way to create free festive cards – that not only saves money, but helps the environment, too.
The 28-year-old mum-of-two recycles the cards she’s been given by making gift tags out of her old ones.
This means she saves money on new cards and prevents old ones from ending up in the recycling bin.
The creative idea came about when Jessica realised she was being inundated with Christmas cards every year – so she started to think about how to reuse them.
‘My daughter is eight, and every year since being in school has come home with lots of lovely little Christmas cards from all her friends,’ the night care assistant from North Wales tells LatestDeals.co.uk.
‘I too end up having a few Christmas cards from work colleagues and my residents that I care for in the home I work.
‘For the first couple of years I threw them in the recycling but I thought that surely they must have a better use.
‘My daughter and I enjoy doing lots of crafts so I decided to start keeping the cards we had at Christmas and packed them away after the festivities with all our other decorations.
‘Fast forward a year, and I start to cut away at the Christmas cards.’
Jessica decided to cut around the printed design on the old cards to make her own gift tags – with amazing results.
She adds that these homemade, recycled tags are perfect – as sometimes shop-bought ones are too small for a message.
‘I also find with the shop-bought gift tags I don’t get much space to write all our names to say who the gift is from,’ she continues.
‘Cutting my own, I could make them quite large giving me enough space so it doesn’t look squeezed into a tiny box.’
Jessica stresses that it’s also a lovely activity for the whole family to get involved with.
‘It doesn’t cost a penny, even if it is saving a pound, and you can even get the children involved (obviously safety first with scissors),’ she adds.
‘It’s also a nice way to spend an hour or so listening to Christmas songs in the background.’
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