Tools + Supplies Playing Card Stencils via Bare Branch Blooming

Published on August 4th, 2014 | by Julie Finn

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Spotted: Playing Card Stencils from Bare Branch Blooming

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Playing Card Stencils via Bare Branch Blooming

Got an old deck of playing cards that’s missing a card or two (who doesn’t?!?)?

Don’t throw it out!

Instead, check out the brilliant project that Bare Branch Blooming creates using old playing cards: she turns them into re-usable stencils.

I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE this project–store-bought re-usable stencils tend to be made from super-gross, highly-polluting plastic, and my usual DIY methods of jiggering my own stencils (freezer paper, contact paper, cardboard, etc.) are not re-usable.

The only limit to what you can do with this project is the size of the playing cards, but even that’s got me thinking now… how about re-usable stencils made from yard signs? Old plastic bin lids? Game boards?

And if you’re curious about what to do with the leftover playing cards, after you’ve had a fabulous time making all the re-usable stencils that you could ever possibly want, check out these awesome playing card project tutes:

1. 3D structuresThis is a great rainy day project for kids–they’ll think it’s a real treat to build this way!

2. business cardsCreative business cards are a good match for a creative business.

3. matching gamePut your own art on the front; the backs are already identical!

4. photo playing cardsYou’ve got to have a complete deck for this project, but the result is pretty special.

5. Phylo backingUse playing cards as a base for any of tons of awesome, printable, DIY card games out there.

6. playing card bagLaminate playing cards make a quite sturdy bag.

7. playing card bookHole punch the cards and embellish them, then put them together with book rings.

8. polyhedraExercise your math skills and make yourself a kick-ass decoration.

9. restaurant review logI used playing cards to hold restaurant information and library pockets to store them.

Playing Card Stencils image via Bare Branch Blooming.

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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://fruitinseason.blogspot.com Christine- Fruit in Season

    Hi Julie! Thanks for including my post! Love your blog – right down to the Zombie Preparedness Planner title. ;) I homeschool as well. Great connecting with you!

  • Tina

    Never thought of using playing cards for stencils! We have made them into the grammar cards- you know, verbs, nouns, etc. on different cards and you shuffle them up and make sentences. Ours all had pictures of horses on them. Of course.

    • http://www.craftknife.blogspot.com Julie Finn

      Ooh, that’s a cool idea! I want to see a blog post!

      • Tina

        I thought I had mentioned it in one of my blog posts, but I can’t find it. I will look some more and if I still can’t find it, I will write one just for you. Though, the cards are nothing fancy :0)

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