How to Recycle Christmas Cards

Don’t throw out those beautiful holiday cards you received! Recycle them into something useful.

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You Will Need

  • Christmas cards
  • Scissors or a paper cutter
  • Glue, regular and decoupage
  • Cardboard
  • Ribbon or string
  • Potpourri

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use them as postcards

    Cut off any picture side that doesn’t have writing on the back, and save them to send next year as Christmas postcards.

  2. Step 2

    Cut into gift tags

    Cut them up into gift tags. This is an easy craft that kids enjoy.

  3. Step 3

    Create napkin rings

    Create cute napkin rings just by cutting the cards into strips, rolling them up, and taping or gluing them.

  4. Step 4

    Construct holiday coasters

    Cut pieces of cardboard and Christmas card covers into matching shapes for coasters and glue them together. Then varnish with a decoupage glue, which can be found in craft stores.

  5. Step 5

    Devise a sign

    Fashion a Merry Christmas or Season’s Greetings sign by cutting each card into a separate letter that spells out the message. Affix your message to a door or window, or hang them from ribbon.

  6. If you’re giving books as holiday gifts, cut a colorful card into strips and tuck one in each as a bookmark.

  7. Step 6

    Make a sachet

    Make a sachet simply by gluing the bottom and sides of a holiday card, inserting some potpourri, punching two holes in the top edges, and tying with ribbon. Hang it on your Christmas tree or over a doorknob.

  8. Twenty-eight percent of people buy holiday cards but never get around to sending them.

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