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How to Create a Homemade Holiday Card From Old Greeting Cards

Transform an old Christmas card into a holiday scene of a cat or dog eagerly awaiting the treats inside their stocking. Here’s how to make your own homemade greeting card.

What You’ll Need:

  • A blank greeting card made from recycled paper OR old cardstock OR an old file folder or something similar
  • An old Christmas card
  • Scissors
  • A tiny square of corrugated cardboard
  • Non-toxic glue or tape
  • Scissors
  • Marker or pen

1. Create Your Canvas
Use a blank greeting card made from recycled paper as your creative canvas. I’ve found them at Michael’s. For the card featured here, I used some old cardstock that my mother-in-law was saving for my nieces for arts and crafts projects. You can also make your own card blank by cutting an old file folder into a the shape of a card.

2. Make a Colourful Rug
make homemade greeting cardMeasure the width of your blank card and use this measurement to cut out a trapezoid from an old Christmas card. You can also cut one out of old wrapping paper. Why a trapezoid and not a rectangle? The angle will help to create more movement and interest in your final design.

3. Make a Stocking
A simple sock-shape can be turned into a stocking. Feel free to cut one out freehand or if you’d prefer, draw an outline on the back of the old Christmas card for you to cut out. Just remember that the finished stocking will be a reverse image from what you draw.

4. Make a Pet Silhouette in Duplicate
To create your cat, do an online search for “cat sitting silhouette.” Alternately, if you want to feature fido, search for “dog sitting silhouette.” Trace or print the silhouette onto a sheet of paper and then use this as a pattern to cut out TWO shapes.

I held up the paper to my computer screen and traced the outline using a washable marker. DON’T DO THIS AT HOME unless you are sure that you won’t dent your screen by pressing too hard with the marker AND you’re also sure that the marker will not bleed through the paper onto your screen. If you’re not sure, just print it out.

Use your tracing to draw and cut out TWO identical cat shapes (or dog shapes if you’re making a dog card).

5. Arrange Your Holiday Scene

Before pasting anything down, arrange your shapes on your card so that your cat (or dog) is sitting on the rug and looking at the stocking. Paste down the rug, the stocking and ONE cat (or dog). You should still have one pet outline remaining.

6. Make it Pop Out in 3D

how to make a homemade greeting cardTo create a 3D effect of your cat (or dog) ready to jump off the card, cut out a tiny square of corrugated cardboard. This you can definitely find by raiding your recycling bin. My mother-in-law’s happened to be empty, so I cut a sliver off the inside of the box she used for storing old Christmas cards and you can’t even notice it’s gone. That’s how small this piece should be. You will affix this to the back of the remaining pet silhouette.

Now paste the second cat (or dog) on top of the previous. Place it just a smidge offside of the original to create the 3D effect.

7. Add a Holiday Greeting
Use the marker or pen to add a holiday greeting to the front of card. Lay it out in your mind’s eye first so that there’s enough room to write your entire greeting. Note: Some markers may smudge or not write well on the cardstock. If you think that might be the case, simply skip the greeting on the front of the card and start writing your words of love inside your homemade greeting card.

Eco-Friendly Gifts for Cat Lovers: 15 Gift Ideas Under $15

If you’re looking for gifts for cat lovers who are also tree-huggers, check out our list of green gifts featuring everything from organic cat toys to natural cat treats and more. With 15 gift ideas under $15, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for cat lovers in your life.

Gifts for Cat Lovers: Cat Toys

1. Make Your Own Cat Toys

Gifts for Cat Loversgift for cat loversHere’s the purrfect gift for finicky cats.  If you’ve ever spent a lot of money on a fancy cat toy only to have your cat prefer the bag it came in, this book is for you. Make Your Own Cat Toys shows you how to create new toys from old stuff in minutes.

For less than the price of a premium cat toy, your kitty can enjoy over 50 toys that can be made in minutes from items that would have been thrown out or tossed in the recycling bin. As the author of this book, I’ve heard from so many friends who have delighted in how much their friends enjoyed receiving this book as a gift. Make Your Own Cat Toys >>

2. Cheery Deer Cat Toy

gift idea for catsHere’s a friendly little reindeer cat toy that is sure to delight and inspire cats to prance with joy. Made by West Paw Design, this adorable kitty toy is filled with USDA certified premium organic catnip.

And if that’s not enough to get your cat in a festive mood, there’s also a bell inside to ring in the holiday cheer. Note: West Paw creates limited runs of holiday products so they’re only available while supplies last. Cheery Deer Cat Toy >>

3. Ho Ho Hairball

gift for catIf your cat’s been good this year, maybe Santa will bring a Ho Ho Hair Ball. This cat toy is a purrfect stocking stuffer that will entertain the most finicky of felines for hours.

Filled with USDA certified premium organic catnip and a cheery bell, this merry holiday cat toy will prove to be the best gift ever. Ho Ho Hairball >>

4. Amazing Treat Machine Rollers

gifts for cat loversAmazing Treat Machine Rollers are interactive toys which stimulate your cat’s primal hunting instincts. It’s made from cardboard that contains 30% post-consumer recycled content and once your cat has completely destroyed the roller, you can simply toss it in the recycling bin.

The treat rollers are quite fun to assemble, making them an ideal present for cats and also a great gift for cat lovers. Once you put a small treat or catnip satchel inside, you’ll have even more fun watching your cat try to get it out. Amazing Treat Machine Rollers >>

5. YEOWWW! Catnip Banana Toy

gifts for catsThis bigger than life banana is a tropical haven for cats.  It’s filled with fragrant organic catnip that cats go simply bananas for.  At our home, I tied the banana to a sturdy rope to play tug-of-war with my cat.  Furball loves wrestling with this. YEOWWW! Catnip Banana Toy >>

 Organic Catnip Cigars

YEOWWW! also makes catnip cigar toys.  Each cigar is 7 inches long and it’s stuffed full of organic catnip. No fillers, no cotton fibers – just 100% YEOWWW! brand super-potent organic catnip.

Pick up a trio in blue, pink and brown. It won’t matter if it’s a boy, a girl or even a kitten because these cigars are smokin’ hot. Organic Catnip Cigars >>

6. Happy Baby Carrots

Purrfect Play’s organic cat toys will inspire cats everywhere to be asking for veggies. Each Happy Baby Carrot is just over 3 inches long, and stuffed full of a 1/4 cup of certified organic catnip.  How do they get so much catnip in there?!!!

Available in a bunch of three carrots, these cat toys are lovingly handcrafted in the USA from dye free organic fleece and topped with organic cotton “leaves.” Happy Baby Carrots >>

Gifts for Cat Lovers: Natural Cat Treats

7. TunaTreats Gourmet Dried Bonito Flakes

If you’re looking for a natural treat for fish-loving felines, here’s a savory treat that will be a favorite not just for the holidays, but all year long.  These premium grade bonito flakes contain no additives, preservative or by-products. They’re a high-protein cat treat made from 100% skipjack tuna. TunaTreats Gourmet Bonito Flakes>>

8. Zuke’s Natural Purrz Cat Treats

Even the most discerning cats won’t be able to resist the delectable taste of Natural Purrz cat treats. These moist and meaty morsels of premium salmon and chicken are free of artificial flavors and harsh preservatives and packed with essential vitamins and minerals to help cats stay healthy and happy.

Zukes is so sure that your cat will love their treats that each bag comes with a money-back guarantee. Zuke’s Natural Purrz Cat Treats >>

9. Whole Life Organics Chicken Breast

Here’s a delectable gift for cats who love chicken. Whole Life gently steams USDA certified organic chicken breasts, then slices them up and freeze-dries them to perfection.

This process removes moisture while concentrating flavor, aroma and nutrition to create a soft, but crisp treat that can be broken into bite size pieces or crumbled over your cat’s food bowl for an extra special holiday dinner. Whole Life Organics Chicken Breast >>

10. Sojos Organic Catnip

gifts for catsRather than simply handing over a bag of organic catnip, here’s a stylish way to give premium certified organic catnip as a gift to cat lovers.  Sojo’s beautiful tin makes a great gift and contains hand-harvested catnip grown in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State.  Think of it as the caviar of catnips. Sojos Organic Catnip >>

11. Pet Greens Garden Wheat Grass Self-Grow Kit

gifts for catsHere’s an all-in-one green gift that’s literally green. The Pet Greens Garden Wheat Grass Self-Grow Kit is a self-contained pouch of easy to grow wheat grass.  Just open up the package, add water and 100% certified organic wheat seed will be sprouting up tender green grass for your kitty to nibble on. Wheat Grass Kit >>

Gifts for Cat Lovers: Home

12. Catty Stacks

gift for catsHere’s a stylish alternative to stacking your living room with ugly cardboard boxes. Catty Stacks are modular building blocks that you can join together to create your own custom kitty climbing gym.

Made in America from industrial-strength cardboard, Catty Stacks are recycled, recyclable, and durable, able to support cats up to 20 pounds in weight. Start with one and add as many as you’d like. Catty Stacks >>

13. Cat Silhouette Bamboo Cutting Board

gifts for cat loversHere’s a fun and fanciful cutting board made out of eco-friendly bamboo.  Shaped like a cat silhouette, this thin and lightweight board is a perfect gift for cat lovers for holiday entertaining.  It’s one of eight pet-shaped cutting boards from APetProject, so if you’re shopping for gifts for cat lovers and dog lovers, this will make the cut too. Cat Silhouette Bamboo Cutting Board >>

14. Joe Jacket Pet Couture Coffee Cup Sleeve

Looking for a gift for cat lovers on the go?  Look no further than the Joe Jacket Pet Couture collection of beverage insulators.  Featuring cute and whimsical feline and
paw print designs, these neoprene insulators keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Because Joe Jackets are reusable, they help save our landfills from billions of pounds of trash from traditional throwaway paper cup sleeves. Joe Jacket Coffee Cup Sleeve >>

15. Rechargeable Black Cat Flashlight

gifts for cat loversWatch someone’s eyes light up when you give them this adorable black cat rechargeable LED flashlight.  With this gift, you won’t have to run out and buy extra batteries because it all you need to do is squeeze the hand crank to generate light. The cat’s eyes consist of two LED lights, which are the perfect combination of energy efficiency and ultra bright light. Rechargeable Black Cat Flashlight >>

After checking out our top 15 green gifts for cat lovers, we hope you’ll find some pawsome inspiration to delight the cats and cat lovers in your life. Now, what’s on your wishlist?

Feline Pine Clumping Cat Litter Review and How to Get a Box for Free

Feline Pine Clumping Cat Litter ReviewIf you’ve been thinking of trying Feline Pine Clumping Cat Litter, here’s a review of the litter as well as instructions on how to get a box for free.

In June of this year, Feline Pine launched a new and improved clumping formula. They’ve been actively promoting the new product and even sent a comp box for us to try at the Green Little Cat household. Since Furball was already using Feline Pine’s pellet cat litter, we took them up on the offer as I’m always on the prowl for the ultimate eco-friendly cat litter.

Overall, I’d give it an 8/10 for an eco-friendly litter and here are the pros and cons for my review.

Pros

  • It’s much better than most natural cat litters in terms of odor control.
  • My cat is finally burying his poop. Furball seems to be really enjoying the texture.
  • Feline Pine Clumping Cat Litter seems to last forever. The crumbly texture easily passes through the scoop so that I don’t toss out new litter when cleaning the box.

Cons

  • With regards to the clumping factor, I’d give it a 6/10. The litter sticks together like tempura batter to fish. Pee makes it come together, but it doesn’t hold tightly. A slight shake of the scoop causes the clump to break up.
  • It’s a bit pricey, but it seems to last a really long time.
  • The pellet version of Feline Pine does a better job of odor control.

How to Get Feline Pine Clumping Cat Litter for Free

Visit their website for a rebate form. It’s good for any purchase of the 9 lb or 14 lb box (up to $14.99 value) from December 15, 2011 until December 31, 2012. To claim your rebate on Feline Pine Clumping Cat Litter, you do need to get the form and have it in the mail by January 15, 2013.


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