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6 Ways to reuse and recycle old Christmas cards

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Christmas cards aren’t cheap to buy and mail, so throwing them out at the end of the holiday season is a waste. Instead of tossing them out or storing them for a rainy day project that never seems to come to fruition, look at these six ideas for craft projects you can do right now and have them ready to use for next Christmas, for both decorating and gift-giving. Most are very simple to make and would make a great family project, or for school, day care, and Sunday school kids as well.

1 – This colorful holiday wreath is a lot simpler to make than it looks. Cut leaf shapes from Christmas cards using a simple template, then attach to a pre-made wreath form for a beautiful creation to display in your own home or to give as a gift.

2 – Christmas cards can be turned into tiny boxes that are the perfect size for the small items that you can never find a box for. You could even go so far as to make a box to hold the gift of the person who sent you the card.

3 – Gift bags are great to use for the items that are difficult to wrap, and are much easier to recycle and reuse than wrapping paper. Keep a stock of plain bags on hand to use for all gift-giving occasions throughout the year, then customize them for the current occasion using Christmas or other holiday cards that are appropriate for that specific event. (This blog is written in Norwegian, but you should be able to translate it easily enough with an option on your browser. The photos are easy enough to figure out without translation, however).

4 – Making gift tags from old Christmas cards isn’t anything new, but there are products and tools available today that can make them even prettier and easier to make. Here are three examples of easy ways to recycle Christmas cards into gift tags.

5 – Do you like giving homemade gifts in canning or other decorative jars? Make the gift even more special by putting a fancy top on the jar made from recycled Christmas cards.

6 – Want to turn your Christmas cards into a gift? It’s easy to make bookmarks using the pictures from holiday cards of all types. Make the gift of a bookmark even more special by giving the card back to the person who gave it to you, but this time recycled into a homemade bookmark.

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