5 Ways to Make Eco-Friendly, Cat-Themed Holiday Cards


If you’d like to send a special holiday message to your loved ones, why not go green and make your cat the star of your seasonal greetings? Here are some ideas for eco-friendly holiday cards that are fun to make and fun to share.

1. Care2 Greetings

Make a difference by sending a free Care2 e-card — you’ll be generating donations for worthy causes. For every e-card you send as a Care2 member, you’ll earn Butterfly credits, which can be redeemed for great gifts like safe drinking water for those in need, as well as carbon offsets and help for shelter pets.

Care2 has an assortment of holiday templates to choose from, and you can upload a photo of your cat to personalize your greeting.

2. Get digitally creative

If you’ve got some basic photo editing skills, you can dress your cat up digitally for the holidays. Take a photo of your pet, top her off with a Santa hat, and add a seasonal message.

If you can’t draw a hat, it’s a snap to search for "transparent santa hat png" to find enough Santa hats to dress up a fleet of reindeer. Spread some holiday cheer by emailing your digital artwork to friends and family.

3. Be a merry poet

If being crafty isn’t your thing, express your Christmas creativity by penning a custom carol or Christmas poem to email to your loved ones.

Here are a few lines to get you started:

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the city

Not a creature was stirring, not even the kitty;

[YOUR PET’S NAME] was nestled all snug in his bed,

While visions of [YOUR PET’S FAVORITE THING] danced in his head;

And I in my PJs, with one promise to keep

Am sending you a greeting before I go to sleep

I wanted to wish you some holiday cheer

Along with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

4. Get dressed up for the holidays

Another great idea for a festive e-card is to take a photo of you and your pet dressed up for the holidays. Recruit a friend or family member to act as your photographer. Then glam yourself up in festive colors.

If your cat resists wearing hats or silly clothes, hold a holiday decoration such as an ornament or bow near her when the picture is taken. Just make sure the decoration is out of your cat’s sight so that she doesn’t mistake it for a toy.

5. Make a handmade holiday card

You can transform old Christmas cards, scraps of used wrapping paper, and holiday flyers into your own handmade holiday card.

Use a blank greeting card made from recycled paper as your canvas. You can buy them at craft stores or make your own by cutting an old file folder into a card shape. Then cut shapes out of the old cards, wrapping paper, and flyers to create your own festive scene. Here are detailed instructions on how to make this card of a cat eagerly awaiting the treats inside her stocking.

What suggestions do you have for greening your holiday cards? Let us know in the comments!

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