Paper playing card sculpture (4 of 5)

Published on August 15th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

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Five Projects to Craft with Upcycled Playing Cards

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upcycled playing card house of cardsYou don’t have to have kids to ruin a deck of playing cards (although it sure helps!).

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.

upcycled playing card house of cards

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.

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



  • http://chasingfabrics.blogspot.com/ Wiola

    Such a fun idea!

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