What to do with all those Christmas cards every year? If you are like me, you save them all but they can really add up. How about Christmas cards repurposed? Here’s a way to re-use them and re-treasure them, too.
It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I thought I’d share a holiday themed project today, Christmas cards repurposed.
Let me first clarify that I don’t really consider these “trash” in that way. Although I’m sure there are many who do trash these each year.
And I don’t know about you but I save every single card I get, Christmas, Easter, birthday, whatever!
I’m so sentimental and hate to throw them away, so I don’t. ;)
But after awhile, that amounts to a lot of cards.
So why not repurpose some of them?
And that’s exactly what I did.
I tried to think of the different things I could make with them and 3 things came immediately to mind.
- decorative gift bags
- ornaments or hang tags
Christmas cards are so pretty and some are artwork in themselves, so I thought they’d be perfect for these other uses.
I went through my stash and pulled out the ones I thought would be perfect for these uses.
I then separated the ones that had “scenes” that would look nice on an ornament.
I found some thin wood medallions, bags, ribbon and decorative trim at Michael’s. (most of it was on sale plus I had a 25% off total, too.)
I started by placing the wood oval over top of the area of the scene that would look best on the ornament…..
Then traced it with a marker and cut it out.
What a great way to showcase these pretty cards, don’t you think?
Feeling sentimental about doing this? Write who the cards were from on the backs of the ornaments and the year, if you have it.
This is a great way to have it as a keepsake.
I used decorative trim and ribbon on the edges.
I simply used my hot glue gun to attach the card, trim and ribbon to each wood medallion.
This would be a really fun project with kids, too.
These little frames were buy one, get one free and I thought they’d make cute “ornaments” too.
I got the lacy wood frames from Michael’s also.
I even have one of my Ryder boy’s cards from last year that I repurposed into an ornament.
You’ll notice I painted and added glitter to the frames.
The card on the bottom left above (and bottom right in the photo above this one) got double duty.
You’ll see. ;) ( the rest of the card became bookmarks)
The top card below was falling apart (it was a layered card) so I added a couple of the elements to a gift bag.
The card below that became bookmarks.
I used a paper trimmer/cutter to keep the lines straight. You can see mine in the photos here. (the ones with the grid pattern underneath)
I have had mine for about 20 years and it’s cut a ton of paper in that time. ;)
The one I linked is very similar and will probably be what I replace mine with if it ever needs replacing.
I cut out Mr. Penguin and added him to a gift bag.
And I used these scissors to cut those fun edges on that card above.
And sparkle ribbon tape on the bags.
Aren’t they cute?
I love the bookmarks.
You can also write on the back of them, as well. (who the cards they came from, are from, etc)
What ya think about these Christmas cards repurposed?
Do you save all of your cards too?
Is this something you might try?
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I will be sharing all these pretty Christmas cards repurposed into ornaments on a brand new tree I have this year, later this week.
Be sure to pop on back over and check it out. :) Plus, I’ll also be sharing my family’s favorite holiday traditions along with a bunch of my blogger friends, too!
So that should be fun!
BUT first!! Hop on over and find out what kind of treasures these all became. :)
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Have a great week!
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