How to Recycle Christmas Cards

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

You will need

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

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.

Step 2 Cut into gift tags Cut them up into gift tags. This is an easy craft that kids enjoy.

Step 3 Create napkin rings Create cute napkin rings just by cutting the cards into strips, rolling them up, and taping or gluing them.

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.

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.

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.