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Creative Ways to Recycle Your Old Christmas Cards!

15 Creative Ways to Recycle Christmas Cards

by Rachel Keller


Every year people spend millions of dollars buying and sending Christmas cards. While you can save significant money by purchasing cards after Christmas, what do you do with all the cards you received from family and friends each year? More...



While itís easier just to throw your old Christmas cards out when the holidays are over, consider trying one of these creative ideas instead:  

bulletWhen we first receive our cards, we like to hang them around doorways for a very festive look. I know others who hang cards on stairway railings.

bulletOnce the Christmas season is over, we place our Christmas cards into a basket. Throughout the year, we like to review Christmas cards and letters and pray for that family on that day. (You could place the cards into a notebook instead of a basket.)

bulletSome Christmas cards have sentimental value. Place these in a family scrap book.

bulletMany Christmas cards make great ornaments. Cut out various scenes and decorate with raffia, glitter, buttons, etc. You can make an ornament with a single card or glue two cards back-to-back. Cut into different shapes for variety.

bulletTry making some aluminum pie tin ornaments from meat pie or dessert pie tins. Cut a Christmas card to fit the inside of the tin. Glue the card into the center. Punch a hole on top and thread some string through to hang on the tree. (I made these ornaments when I was little and still have one that is 30 years old!)

bulletSome cards make beautiful pictures when framed. I currently have a couple framed cards hanging in my house. No one realizes that they are recycled Christmas cards.

bulletUse a pretty Christmas card as a bookmarker.

bulletCards make great craft ideas. My six-year old son took a picture from a card. He made a popsicle frame for it and glued buttons and other decorations on the popsicle sticks. His craft won a ribbon at our local fair.

bulletHave your children make their own Christmas cards by cutting apart pictures and even the words from inside the card.

bulletCut apart the cards to use for gift tags. Use decorative scissors for more flair.  (Editor's Note: Large cookie cutters make great shapes for gift tags too!)

bulletSome Christmas cards make wonderful postcards. Write a message on the back and attach a postcard stamp. You save money on the card and postage!  

bulletMake festive Christmas magnets with Christmas cards and stick-on magnets. These make great gifts, too!

bulletDesign Christmas placemats. Cover with contact paper. Just wipe with a damp sponge or cloth when dirty.

bulletCreate a coaster with a CD and Christmas card. You might want to shellac the coaster to protect it.

bulletMake a Christmas wreath or Christmas collage with your cards.

bulletRecycle scraps or cards you canít use instead of tossing in the trash.


Readers' Tips...

How do you reuse your Christmas cards? We would love to hear from you!  Contact us...

"I save the fronts from all the cards and tape them onto the next year's packages, writing messages over the picture as frugal gift cards." -  Julia H. D.

"Hi there. I take old Christmas cards and make them into book markers. I punch a hole on them and add a ribbon.  People like getting them for Christmas." - Teresa

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