Before you start taking down all the holiday stuff, I needed to get in this post on what to do with some of the Christmas Cards you have. There are some interesting ideas on the internet, including one of ornaments made of circles folded this way and that, angels made by cutting out a pattern, and other things, but all that was a bit complicated for right now. Maybe I can save some cards out and try those later, but for today, I wanted to show some quick ideas that don’t need a lot of prep.
First, do you have any gift bags around with store names on them?
Use a cut-out from a Christmas card to cover the logo. Now you have gift bag you can re-use.
Then I had this tri-fold card. I cut the middle into strips, and I’ll use the front on a gift bag.
I cut a long, thin strip with the candies, then put it through the embosser to give it some interesting texture. It took two runs to get all of the strip embossed.
Mounting the strip on a white background, I have a lovely bookmark to add to a book gift next year. Or to use myself now. I usually have multiple books going at once, and there are lots of recipes in cookbooks I bookmark to make later.
I stamped the word ‘friendship’ on the back. You could put any sentiment you like there.
The next card was narrow and wide, so I cut out the motif in the middle.
It was wide enough for two bookmarks, this time with ‘Thank You’ on the back.
This card had a beautiful sentiment inside, so I carefully cut it out leaving space all around.
Punch a hole in the upper left corner and thread a pretty ribbon through. Now you have a gorgeous gift tag for a special gift next year, with plenty of space for a To and From.
This card had a lot of potential, so I challenged myself to get the most out of it.
Begin with cutting the front side of the card away from the back side. Then keep cutting bookmark and gift tag shapes.
Ten bookmarks and gift tags from one card! The inside had a nice green border which I turned into an accent stripe. Stamping flowers on some means I have gift tags for birthdays or other gifts. I mounted the sentiment inside on a piece of cardstock, which will make a nice bookmark for DH. I punched holes in the gift tags to add ribbons.
For the Smile bookmark, I stamped the word on the beige section then punched a hole in the center top. I threaded a ribbon through the hole as it made it a bit fancier.
With this next card, I saw a lot of opportunities to use my punches.
The trees, deer, and snowflakes made cute elements for a hand crafted card next year. Using the ornament punch, I centered a snowflake, punched out the shape, then mounted it on a bit of solid red cut from another card for a place card. Using the scalloped circle punch, pretty elements of pine boughs will dress up a hand made card next year.
And lastly, sometimes you get a card that is just so cute, it needs to be a permanent addition to the decor. In that case, frame it. These dogs are just precious in their Christmas pageant.
Somewhere I have one of Airedale dogs singing into microphones with Christmas sweaters on. It is beyond cute, and I am absolutely certain I would never throw it away. I really need to find that before all the Christmas decoration boxes are packed up, and frame it so I don’t lose it.
So, don’t throw away those cards! Recycle them into other projects. And know that you can recycle any kind of card, so keep the birthday and anniversary cards, Easter and Halloween, and any other card you receive. Bookmarks, gift tags, place cards and new cards can be quickly made from recycled cards.
Have you recycled cards into other projects?