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Upcycle Those Holiday Cards!

Hey, I’m Holly, one of the crafty goddesses from The Inspired Home. I’m always on the look out for simple crafts projects to keep my kids who are 2 & 4 years old occupied. My crafts usually involve items you can find in your house, from the local dollar store, the recycling bin, or just down a local park or trail nearby.

This holiday season, I got a plethora of greeting cards from friends and family from around Canada and the United States. I love receiving their greetings and updates on what they have been up to in the past year. Typically I display these cards for the month of December. After that, I like to upcycle them. So here’s a bunch of things you can do with the cards after the holidays have passed:


5 Ways To Upcycle Your Holiday Cards

  1. Use them as holiday tags next year: My mom is famous for this one. She cuts off the sentiment side of the card and adds it to her holiday wrapping pile for next season. You can also cut the full card into wide gift tags.
  2. Globe ornaments: Cut out 20 – 2″ circles and then fold each circle into an equilateral triangle (1.75″ per side). Glue together the folded portions of the triangle.
  3. Create a mini-book: If you’re the senimental type, you might want to keep your cards, that’s ok! Grab a 1-2″ binder ring and a hole punch and punch them all together. You can even make a snazzy cover with your own card that says Christmas 2015.
  4. Mini Gift Boxes: Following a simple square tutorial, you can fold old cards perfectly into a mini gift box that will fit a small trinket like a candy kiss or a few coins.
  5. Weaving: Weave Your Holiday Cards into thank you cards, upcycled Christmas cards for next year, or even super awesome Christmas placements, the sky is the limit.

What do you do what your Christmas card after the season passes? Tell us more in the comments below.

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Comments (3)

  • Love the idea of cutting holiday tags out of old cards — so easy & so cute. Add some twine and some adorable wrapping paper and you’re all set for next year!

  • I will definitely be trying the gift box idea! So much better than throwing them away as I always feel guilty when doing that. My kids will love trying this out! Thanks for sharing!

  • Great ideas!

    Kathy Ioannou

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