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Repurposing Christmas Cards

As I got out all of our Christmas decorations this year, I found a stack of Christmas cards that for some reason my pack rat self has saved for the last 10 years.  Since I’ve saved them this long, I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away.  Instead we got creative and put them to use in other ways.

Here are some of the top ways you can put old greeting and Christmas cards to use:

If you want to save them:

  • Get rings from the local office supply store or craft store or use ribbon to bind your cards into a book.  Hole punch each card in two places, we did our holes exactly 2.5 inches apart. Now you have turned them into their own little scrapbook.  I did this for the baby cards that were sent for each girl when they were born and some of the sweet cards we got when my husband and I were married.  You don’t have to save all of them, but now the special ones are all together and easy to flip through.
  • You can also go the low clutter method and scan the cards into the computer.  Put all the scanned images into a file together so you can find them in the future.

If you don’t want to save them:

  • Turn them into postcards or recipe cards.  As long as the inside cover of the card is still blank, you can cut the front of the card off and give it a new life!
  • Turn them into place-mats.  This can also be a great way to help your kids learn to pray for others, each night have them pray for someone on their place-mat that night.  Here are detailed instructions to get started.

  • Cut out images to make gift tags for future presents.
  • Use the card fronts as pretty scrapbook embellishments, or make bookmarks from them.

Donate them:

Yep, you can give your cards a new life and help out others.  Tons of groups around the country use greeting cards in craft projects.  One place is the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.  They re-purpose cards into new cards as a fundraiser!

Do you have something you love to do with cards rather than throwing them away??

    • ElaineHN

      Use them as the TO: FROM: tags for future gifts! You can hand cut out part of the picture from the front, or use a crafting tool to punch out a shape. Hole punch a corner and put a loop of ribbon through … write the To & From info on the back and then attach the tag to the gift bag or the bow of a wrapped gift. This works especially well with children’s birthday party invitations … since they are usually small you can cut off the front part of the invitation and use it whole … and just use a solid color gift bag or wrap and your gift automatically matches the party theme!

      • bbtdwhite

        My last year’s Christmas cards are my this year’s Christmas gift tags :) I’ve been going this for years!

        • bbtdwhite

          * doing :)

    • Lisa G

      I make mini boxes out of them that I then load into a table top sleigh or give as gifts with a small piece of candy like a truffle or Hershey’s kiss or something. The link below has a demo

      http://www.funology.com/greeting-card-boxes/

    • Audrey

      This past year we used cut-outs from old Christmas cards in our Advent calendar. We also have a scrapbook for all the photo Christmas cards and birth announcements we get.

    • http://www.facebook.com/angieville13 Angie Turbeville

      You can always use them as matting for christmas pictures in yoir scrapbook or embellishments!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Cookie4589 Patty Brown

      I used them as gift boxes for the next year, fold the into little boxes using the front as the top, turned out really cute.

    • BD

      Along with the gift tag idea, we also use them to decorate the outside of boxes that we are shipping at Christmas. It makes the postal package much cheerier than just plain brown wrapping!!

    • newbie

      I make martha stewart’s ornament craft from old christmas cards: http://www.marthastewart.com/273222/holiday-card-ornaments
      not only are they so pretty, but they make beautiful gifts! I was able to give one to every child in our Christmas Pageant with their name, the part they played and the year written on it – something they could remember everytime they put it on their Christmas tree!

    • Melissa

      My family has been using them for my neice to draw on.

    • Laura

      my aunt has a huge family. She is from a family of 10 kids and her father came from a family of 15 kids. So they take their cards, the mountain of them and put them in a rubbermaid. When it is time to send a card, my 11 cousins can go through the rubbermaid and cut them up to paste onto card stock to make a new card.

    • Kristen

      I pack them away with Holiday wrapping paper- and next year I’ll use them as tags for gifts-just cut off the back of the card and use a hole punch in the corner and attach to gift with a ribbon.

    • Deb

      After about 30 years of collecting xmas cards, I separated them by the family that sent them to us, I cut out a little bit from each card they sent to us, even where they signed their name or the year, put the cut out on card stock and laminated the card. A special memory of years past sent to our special friends and family…I received so many phone calls that year from friends and family…

    • Stephanie

      The daycare my son goes to collects the fronts off non-religious Christmas Cards and other holiday cards for the kids to use in craft projects.

    • Jules

      You can also discard the back of the card….glue two ‘fronts’ together and then bind them with rings or ribbon and use them in your Operation Christmas child shoe box gifts! They make wonderful picture books….the kids LOVE the color! Any kind of card will work…no only Christmas! Happy picture book making for the kids! Blessings guaranteed!!

    • JrCouponator

      I use the whole front of the card & glue over the “ad” on handled gift bags.