I don’t know about you, but I hate to toss out anything that may have a second life as something new. I have even more trouble if it’s something that was given to me as a gift. As I take down the holiday trimmings, I stack together all of the holiday cards I’ve received over the last month. I know I can come up with some great new purposes for them.
I’ve put together a list of ten ideas for you to check out. I have to say that number 1 and number 7 are my favorites. Which one(s) do you like best?
As always, click the link to get the tutorial for making these awesome upcycles.
#1 Themed Mason Jar Lids
Recycle holiday cards for jar lid covers and gift tags for your homemade jams, jellies and other canned goodies. See the tutorial at S.C.R.A.P.
Make Christmas decorations like this darling garland from holiday cards. See the tutorial at Party Planning Center.
#3 Holiday Framed Photos
You can make holiday-themed framed artwork. See the tutorial at Cherry’s Jubilee.
#4 Gift Boxes
You can fold old holiday cards into gift boxes. These work great for Valentine’s Day cards as well. See the tutorial at Kid at Art.
#5 Upcycled Postcards
This one is so obvious, I can’t believe we don’t all do it. Turn your old holiday cards into postcards. Bonus: The stamp is cheaper and you don’t have to lick an envelope! See the tutorial at Making This Home.
#6 Decorative Bowls
These sewn card baskets are pretty cute as well. They’d be great for all those Valentines your kids bring home from school. They could keep their Valentine’s Day candy in it. See the tutorial at Pink & Green Mama.
#7 Memory Frames
You can use holiday cards to create a backdrop or mat for photos from special days. See the tutorial at How to Reuse it Creatively.
You can make a holiday-themed trivet. See the tutorial at Thrifty Fun.
#9 Memory Boxes for Keepsakes
I wish it wasn’t in the back of our storage shed because I’d love to share a photo of one of my personal upcycled card projects. I took an ordinary box with lid and covered it in wrapping paper and cards from my baby shower. I used it to save all those special mementos from my son’s first year of life.
If you aren’t feeling crafty, there is still another way to give your holiday cards new life. You can donate them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. They recycle the old cards to make new cards. The sale of these cards financially supports children and families in need.
If you’re interested in learning how to make your own gorgeous gift cards, look no further than Craftsy’s online classes. Some of my favorite card making classes include Gorgeous Greeting Cards: Stamping & Beyond, Cardmaking Essentials: Thank You Cards, and Create Stunning Birthday Cards.