Playing cards like to lose themselves. Playing cards tend to get bent or creased in mysterious ways. Dogs occasionally munch on playing cards, and red wine spills on them, and, yes, if a kid gets a hold of your playing cards, you might as well kiss your full deck goodbye.
When your deck loses its spades, however, there’s no need to toss it. Instead, inspire yourself with these five craft projects that turn upcycled playing cards into fabulous new creations, and pick a starting point for your own half-used deck.
1. House of Cards
You don’t need to have nerves of steel to build the best house of cards that you’ve ever seen. With a stack of beat-up playing cards and plenty of hot glue as your secret ingredient, you can try out any one of these house of cards and other 3D structures made from upcycled playing cards.