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Recycling Christmas Cards

Updated on September 20, 2012

Ok it's that time of year again! The presents are opened the wrapping is trashed and the tree has to come down. In the meantime you have come across dozens of Christmas Cards sent by thoughtful friends and family. It would be a shame to let those lovely cards and sentiment s go to waste wouldn't it? Yes it would! Let's review some creative ways for Recycling Christmas cards!

Make Gift Tags!

The cool thing about Christmas Cards is that they are made out of sturdy card paper. This allows us to make recycling Christmas cards easier by cutting out the designs on the card. Cut the subject matter of the card and use it as a gift tag for next year! Perhaps you have a snowman on your Christmas Card? Cut out the snowman and place a hole in the top. Run some pretty ribbon through it and there you have a gift tag!

Make Christmas Ornaments!

A great idea for kids is to have them help you make ornaments from recycling Christmas Cards.There are two ways to make ornaments. The easiest one to do is to cut out the shapes poke a hole in the top. Use ribbon or raffia to hang it on. No child can resist the lure of glitter glue or just glitter!. Have fun making mess and sparkling up next years Christmas ornaments.

The second way to make an ornament out of Christmas cards is a little more time consuming but worth it. You can make Christmas ball ornaments by following the steps below.

 1.  First take your  Christmas Card and trace several circles on the back of the front of the card.  You may want to use something to trace to make the circles.  Perhaps the trace around a small bottle of spices or a can of fish food. 

2. Cut out circles.

3. Out of Cardboard, cut out a triangle that would fit inside  the small circles.

3. Take the cardboard triangle and place it in the middle of the circle.

4. Fold Ends over triangle.  Use the triangle again until all circle pieces have been folded.

5. Use glue and paperclips to begin gluing the bent circles together until a ball is formed.

Make Christmas Card Basket!

Another great idea for Recycling Christmas Cards is to make Christmas Card Basket. My aunt actually made me one as a kid. You simply take your Christmas cards and crochet them together

Make a Box!

Making a box is a fun way to recycle Christmas Cards. Rip your card in half. Simply take the top of your card and put an X from each corner on the back of it. Then take all four sides and fold them over to the middle of the X. This should leave a fold all of the way around the card. Cut two slits on each opposite end of the card. Fold up the tabs and tape. There you have a box! Follow the same steps for the lid! The video below gives a good example on how to do it. Below that video is another video on how to make a star box!

Paper Gift bags

Make a Puzzle!

Take your card top and cut it into jigsaw pieces.  Your young one will have fun putting it back together over and over again!

Make Gift Bags!

Another great idea is to keep the front of the card and paste it to a plain gift bag or a brown paper bag. There you have a snazzy gift bag!

Make Scrapbook Embellishments!

Recycling Christmas Cards can be helpful if you are a scrapbooker!. Cut out objects from the Christmas Card and use with your Christmas Photos! The cards that are glittery make nice embellishments to your photo album. Get even craftier and put embellishments form your Christmas Cards in your picture frame with your Christmas Family photo.

Make a story book!

I was impressed by the idea presented in the following video! Make a story by using recycled Christmas Cards! What a wonderful idea for you and your children to enjoy!

Don't feel like being creative? Then donate!

Perhaps you do not like to be creative. That is fine, there is another way to recycle Christmas Cards. While researching ideas I came across the St Jude's Ranch. St Jude's Ranch is a residential treatment center for neglected or abused children. They have a Recycled Cards program. The organization takes old Christmas cards and make them new! They Sell their cards for profit to help the program. If you would like to donate your old Christmas Cards please visit the link below!


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    • oceansnsunsets profile image


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Great hub with awesome ideas. I especially loved that if nothing else, people can send their old cards to St. Jude's Ranch for abused children. That is so awesome, and such an easy way to make a difference in the life of people that can really use it. That truly warms my heart, thank you for sharing!

    • theresa22 profile image


      7 years ago from Derby, uk

      Some fantistic ideas, my kids are going to enjoy trying a few.

    • Frugal Nut profile image

      Frugal Nut 

      8 years ago

      Great ideas! I love the ornaments idea and the St. Judes also! Thanks for this hub

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wv

      Hey that's Great Coffeesnob! :)

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      8 years ago

      Fun! I made the box and will try the star later. thanks for the fun hub!

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wv

      Shafiqahmed, I have not tried that! I understand I might need an old blender to use.. Thanks for visiting site.

    • shafiqahmed profile image


      8 years ago

      Its a great idea in the environmental perspective to use old cards for making new things. Have you ever tried to make pulp of the old paper objects and use them for making things? It is creative work that will suite people like you. Nice hub...


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