How can I reuse or recycle bashed up playing cards?
We’ve had an email from Josh:
Hi, I’ve got one for you, playing cards. I play a lot of poker with my buddies and our cards get bashed up pretty quickly, the edges bent over primarily so we can’t play with them anymore. They’re plastic (?) coated so can’t be recycled with cardboard, right?
Just because you can’t play with them any more though doesn’t mean that they’re at the end of their useful life.
Yes, you’re right that they can’t be recycled as paper if they’re plastic coated – but they’d make fun bookmarks, the non-face cards could be used for shopping lists and if some still have strong edges, you could drag them between keyboard keys to pull out the stupid amount of cat hair and sesame seeds collected in the gaps (maybe that’s just my keyboard).
Any other reuses?
They can also be included in a number of crafts/decoration projects – for example, they could cheer up dull storage boxes, and could also be used as a fun way to differentiate the boxes or label them if they need to be in sequence. Some brilliant people have turned them into business card wallets, MP3 players/iPod cases, or even a fantastic bag. They can also be used for any type of small scale papercrafts that require a light card.
Any other suggestions on what to make from them?
- Pass them on: Even if they’re too damaged for high stakes poker, they might still be fine for other card games – solitaire or snap – so add them to the kids’ toy box. Alternately, teachers and other educators sometimes use cards in lessons – for assigning roles or randomising groups – and might welcome supplies.
- Reuse: They can be used for numerous craft/home decoration projects, for example, cover photo frames, notebooks or even tabletops with them, then varnish them to give a protective finish. Or they can be used for any small scale paper crafts that use a light card.
- See the comments below for more suggestions and ideas
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