12 Unique Recycled Christmas Card Crafts You Should Try
Looking for recycled Christmas card crafts to keep those holiday reminders out of the trash (or bin) after the season has ended? Look no further – and if you’ve got kids, let them in on this as it’s going to be a lot of fun to include them too.
Depending on how many cards you may have collected over the years, there is always something special and creative that you can turn them into…and something that is sure to be treasured for next Christmas, or anytime of year! Got cards? We have got ideas!
Turn Them Into a Jigsaw Puzzle
Turn a few of your cards into a fun puzzle! This is a neat way to give a child a way to keep busy and entertained, or just a fun brain teaser idea. Elaborate designed cards in which the illustration covers the whole front of the card work best for this one.
First use a pencil to create the squiggly shapes on the front. These will serve as your guide. You may also want to apply a coat of Mod Podge to protect it long-term. Cut into pieces following the penciled outlines.
If you do this with more than one card be sure to have separate Ziplock bags for the obvious reason of keeping different card pieces organized. Store them in a shoebox for a later date to retrieve again.
Make Them Into Ornaments for the Tree
Usually with most cards, there is a large series of designs. You can cut them out from the card and use them to turn into ornaments – what fun! Something to look forward to for next Christmas right? One way is to take cinnamon sticks and make them into little bundles and secure them with a ribbon.
Use one of the loops as a hanger. Attach small designs from the card in the middle of the cinnamon stick bundle with a dab of glue. They will look cool and smell de-lish too!
You can also create ornaments from styrofoam (the white crafters’ kind), cardboard or poster board and glue the card cutout into the center too. Before attaching be sure to paint or pretty them up with glitter, and pierce a small hole to be able to thread a hanger through. I have some Styrofoam ornaments from way back when that are kinda old but still look pretty cool, and the pictures on them have held up quite well.
Turn Them Into Sachets
A card can become a a sachet easily -glue the sides and bottom edges down or use a pretty color tape to seal the edges. Fill with a little potpourri – punch a hole in the top corner. You can thread a pretty ribbon or cord through it and hang this on the doorknob, closet, or wherever to create a great scent.
Make a Christmas Mobile or Garland
Cut shapes out of the card designs to create a child-friendly mobile. You can attach the cutouts using twine or fishing line secured to a coat hanger. Consider laminating the designs to preserve them well.
OR…take the cutouts and string them all together creating a garland. You can use a hole punch or a thumbtack and punch a small hole to thread them together. What a cool idea to create a tree or banister garland for next Christmas!
Use the Cards in a Decoupage Project
Decoupage is a great niche that you can incorporate older Christmas cards in! By cutting out the main designs and arranging them you can assemble a beautiful assemblage for furniture, wooden storage crates, and other places of application.
Check out my glue recipe for securing your pretty handiwork – and remember you can stir in sparkles or glitter to add more pizazz to it!
Mod Podge Decoupage Starter Kit Bundle, with 3 Pixiss Foam BrushesMod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish for Paper (16-Ounce)Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (8-Ounce), CS11211 Sparkle
Make Gift Tags and Bags
You can turn cards into gift tags easily using scissors and die-cut tools to embellish them. The inside or back of the cards would be perfect for this as they have very little artwork on them. You could also cut out a piece and fold it in half so that the design part would show and be blank on the inside to write the recipient’s name.
You can use Christmas card cutouts to decorate brown paper bags which can be turned into gift bags. Don’t forget to include tape, glitter and bling in addition to make your gift bags extra special!
Incorporate Your Cards Into a Scrapbook!
Considering a holiday-themed scrapbook? Christmas is the perfect occasion as you probably have more than enough happy memories to draw from. If you’ve got all of the right materials you’re already ahead of the game. You can insert cards into plastic sleeves that display the messages on the inside from friends and relatives.
Miniature Christmas Cards
Did you know that Christmas cards can be made into mini Christmas cards by folding them in half, in which case you can turn them into tree ornaments , or perhaps accessories for dollhouses? That’s a unique one you might not have thought of.
Create a Christmas Screensaver
Yet another way to cherish old Christmas cards is by turning your collection into an eye catching screensaver or desktop wallpaper. Create a digital collage by scanning your cards and saving them as a file.
Don’t forget you can also include inner messages as well – if you’ve got lots of cards turn it into a digital slideshow too! (If you’re familiar with something like PowerPoint, this should be second nature) What’s that old saying – take a picture, it will last longer? Well that is definitely true here.
Cut out pictures on larger cards, laminate them as an option to keep their shape, and punch holes around the edges and add a length of yarn or cord to make a nice lacing card for kids.
Turn your most colorful cards into holiday confetti! Emphasis especially on the ones with a lot of gold and glitter in them. Use a die cut tool or hole punch tool (better yet, series of tools with holiday themed shapes)!
This is a no-frills approach to create handmade confetti in a pinch by snipping or punching the designs into little bitty pieces.
Don’t forget if you have some wrapping paper in addition you can confetti-ize it too and mix it in with the card confetti for even better effects!
Well I hope this serves as a great guide to what to do with all those Christmas cards you may have accumulated. Let me know which ones you want to apply to yours!