Recycle Old Christmas Cards: Craft Ideas and More
Do you have a hard time throwing out old Christmas cards? Instead of letting them sit around your home in boxes, recycle them into craft projects. There are several fun ways to preserve them as well as a number of methods for re-purposing them into brand new items. With projects ranging from wreaths to gift boxes to kid games, there is something here for everyone. Many of these projects are suitable for both kids and adults. Happy crafting!
What can you make with old Christmas cards?
Ideas for Recycled Christmas Cards
Garlands and Pendants
Canning Jar Toppers
Just a few ideas to get you started!
- Three ideas for recycling Christmas cards
Don't throw away those old holiday greeting cards. Instead, save them for future craft projects. There are endless ways to make crafts with Christmas cards. Here are a few great ideas to get you started.
- Christmas Card Projects: Decorative Ways to Recycle Christmas Cards from Better Homes and Gardens
If Christmas cards are piling up and you're running out of ways to display them, start crafting! These creative Christmas card projects are easy-to-make and will put holiday greetings to good use.
- Recycled Christmas Card Crafts - Martha Stewart Holidays
View Marthastewart's Recycled Christmas Card Crafts collection.
I saved Christmas cards for five years before I finally stumbled on a project that I loved. I fall into the category of people who don't want to throw away their cards and loved the idea of turning them into little coffee table books. You can pick up binder rings at any office supply store. In the first post that I link below, I detail a number of tips for including different items in your books, such as Christmas letters and photos.
There are a number of tutorials out there specifically for Christmas card ornaments, but you can customize many different types of tutorials for paper ornaments. As long as the design will work with a thicker paper, it should be just fine for a Christmas card. Many people opt to make 3D ornaments that each feature multiple cards, but of course you don't have to feel limited to this.
Just a few excellent Christmas card ornament tutorials.
Garlands and Pendants
Most of the tutorials that you find for Christmas card garlands are garlands designed to display your Christmas cards. While there are some fabulous display garlands, there are some great recycled Christmas card garlands out there as well.
- Recycled Christmas Card Garland from learning4kids.net. Create a classic pendant garland with a different Christmas card for each pendant.
- Recycled Christmas Card Garland from Cathy Swaney. Cathy made Christmas card ornaments of sorts and then strung them.
In my quest to eliminate expenses for wrapping Christmas presents, I have started to keep my eye open for creative recycled gift tags. Christmas card gift tags are a great option. All you need is a paper punch or pair of scissors, a hole punch, and some ribbon or string. Of course you can have fun decorating your cards, too.
Holiday Crafts from Recycled Paper and Greeting Cards: Gift Tags, Square Quilted Card, Crazy Quilt Bookmarks
Jump on the wreath trend and fashion your old Christmas cards into a new holiday decoration. You'll enjoy getting to re-visit your favorite cards each year when you get it out again. Similar to the garlands, there are a number of tutorials out there for wreaths designed to display Christmas cards. However, there are also a few tutorials for recycled cards.
Are you looking for more paper wreath inspiration? Check this out!
- How to Make Paper Wreaths: Handmade Craft Home Décor Ideas
This article is about how to make paper wreaths. It includes a wide variety of tutorials for handmade craft home décor. The possibilities for paper include scrapbook paper, old books, tissue paper, and much more.
Canning Jar Toppers
Are you planning to give Christmas gifts in canning jars? For example, many people opt to gift cookie and other cooking mixes and baking mixes in canning jars. Why not decorate the jar tops with recycled Christmas cards?
This idea never would have occurred to me, but it is brilliant. The tutorial below details how to create jigsaw puzzles and memory games out of old Christmas cards. Like many of the tutorials in this article, you can customize this concept with any kind of greeting card. Kids may not want to play with Christmas puzzles all year round, but you can create additional games out of birthday cards and much more.
Christmas cards can be transformed into sweet little gift boxes for numerous different kinds of small gifts. They are so pretty that the recipients won't want to throw them away. You never know when you'll see one pop up under the tree again next year.
Recycle Christmas Cards: Mini Boxes
More recycled craft ideas from the author.
- Uses for Wine Corks: Crafts, Home Décor Projects, Garden Ideas, and More
This article is about uses for wine corks. It includes a wide variety of photos, tutorials, and other resources for crafts, home décor projects, garden ideas, and much more. There is something here for everyone.
- Junk Mail Crafts: How to Make Unique Projects With Recycled Paper
This article is about junk mail crafts. There are a wide variety of unique projects to make with recycled paper including stationery products, wall art, jewelry, and home décor. There are lots of photos and resources.
- Recycled Old T-Shirt Craft Ideas: Clothing and Accessory Projects
Do you have old t-shirts lying around at home? Recycle them into clothing and accessories with these craft projects and ideas.
More by this Author
Are you interested in craft ideas with buttons? This article includes 10 ideas for easy button craft projects with lots of photos and resources.
This article is a big round up of coaster tutorials. It includes coaster tutorials for fabric, tile, and more. There are links and photos for all of these tutorials with additional resources for some of them.
This article is a collection of sample interview questions and answers for special education teachers. It also contains a number of tips and considerations for the interview.