3 Things You Could Do with Old BINGO Cards

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3 Things You Could Do with Old BINGO Cards

One of the biggest reasons why people get into arts and crafts is because they’ve got some stuff lying around that they’re about to throw out, but realize that there’s a way to “upcycle” them into something new. It’s easy to find new ways to use even the most seemingly useless items, and even that old bingo set you have in your attic could see new life!

Bingo has come a long way, originating in a game called Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia in the 1500s. What was once a lottery game has now become one of the most recognizable card games on the planet, with a booming industry worth $557 million in the UK alone. In fact, the industry is so strong in the UK, Gala Bingo, one of the more renowned bingo operators, has also managed to branch out into online and mobile bingo, in addition to having over 100 bingo clubs according to This is Money.

Still, there’s no denying that the game has fallen from its heyday back in the 50s and 60s. Reports by the Independent say that “the people's love affair with the bingo ticket and the dabber pen appears to be on the wane, with visits down from 80 million in 2005, to 43 million today,” as reported by the Independent. Many people now choose to play the game at home on occasion, whether online, or with actual bingo cards.

If you or someone in your family had once been a fan of bingo, there’s a chance that you’d played the game at home too, buying one of the many different kinds of bingo sets available on the market, and then forgetting about it after the family get-together. If you’ve got one of these bingo sets and are wondering what you can do with those cards and chips, here are some quick crafts you can make!

Bingo Card Notepads
If you’re looking for a nice, simple project, you can take your bingo cards and use them as covers for custom-made notepads! Punch holes through the top of the card and through the sheets of paper you’d like to use, then thread some string or yarn through the holes to bind the notebook.

Bingo Card Collage
Because bingo cards often have that vintage look, they make perfect backdrops for collages. Use a variety of images to create cards for just about any occasion, be they Halloween, Christmas, or birthdays!

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Bingo Card Bag Tags
Simple and easy to make, these bag tags really only require a bit of patience as you cut up old bingo cards and thread string through them. You can create them in any shape, and use stickers and other pictures to make them more unique. Stick several bingo cards together to make a tougher tag.