What Can You Make With Old Christmas Cards

What can you make with old Christmas cards? The answer is lots of things! There are plenty of ways to give old Christmas cards a new and useful life, and keep them out of the landfill. 

New Cards
With a few items from the craft store, you can turn old cards into brand new cards to send you everyone on your list. 

Materials:

  • Old Christmas cards
  • Plain card stock in holiday colors, 8 ½ x 11 inches
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Markers or pens
  • Glitter, ribbon and other embellishments

First, cut the sheets of card stock in half, so you have pieces that are 8 ½ x 5 ½ inches. Fold these in half, so that you have folded cards that measure 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches. This will be the base of your cards.

Cut pictures out of the front of the old Christmas cards. Arrange the pictures on the front of your card stock cards. Add glitter, ribbon and embellishments as desired. Glue everything down with a glue stick or paper glue. You can embellish further with markers or pens, adding holiday phrases or greetings.

Ornaments
Old Christmas cards can quickly become pretty ornaments! These are easy enough for even young children to make, and they're durable enough to withstand any curiosity from the family pet.

Materials:

  • Old Christmas cards
  • Card stock in holiday colors
  • Thick cardboard, not corrugated
  • Bias tape
  • Ribbon
  • Craft glue

For each ornament, you will need to cut out one circle each from the card stock and the cardboard, and a picture from the front of one of the Christmas cards. It is important that the three circles be uniform in size, so it's a good idea to use a template.

Glue the card stock to one side of the cardboard circle and the holiday card picture to the other side. Glue bias tape around the outside edge to give your ornament to give it a more "finished" look. Punch a hole in the top, and add a piece of ribbon for hanging.

Holiday Party Coasters
Protect your tabletops at your next holiday party with festive coasters made from old Christmas cards.

Materials:

  • Old Christmas cards
  • Laminating paper
  • Scissors

Cut out round shapes from the colorful fronts of the Christmas cards. Use a round template larger than the size of a glass, such as a mug or small bowl, to make your circles even. Laminate the circles with the laminating paper. If desired, you can put a circle of felt onto the back with a hot glue gun.

Mini Puzzles
Make mini-puzzles from old cards, to keep the kids busy while dinner's cooking. 

Materials:

  • Old Christmas cards
  • Plain card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

Cut off the fronts of the Christmas cards, and glue them onto pieces of card stock cut to the same size at the card front. Allow them to dry, then cut the card into pieces and you'll have your own mini puzzle. If the card starts to curl up as the glue dries, place it under a stack of heavy books to keep it flat.

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