If you’re like us, you probably have a few Christmas cards you’re trying to figure out what to do with since Christmas is over. These are just a few ways we’ve reused cards over the years. I’d love to hear your ideas, too!
Five ways to recycle Christmas cards:
1) Save the cards to create simple crafts next December.
Search for recycled Christmas card crafts, and you can find a plethora of ideas for using the fronts of old cards. We made this Nativity ornament. You could also make:
Also, Martha Stewart has a great photo gallery of ideas for recycling Christmas cards.
2) Make a “Wall-of-Fame” with the photos you’ve received.
I have a special bulletin board in my office where I hang the pictures I’ve received. It’s nothing fancy–I just cut-out the photos and tack them in place. I enjoy seeing photos of family and friends and remembering them throughout the year. When Christmas rolls around next year, I’ll take down the old photos and replace them with new ones. You could also make a nicer display with a fabric-covered board, photo frame, etc.
3) Send them to St. Jude’s Recycled Card Program.
St. Jude’s accepts used, all-occasion greeting cards and uses the front of them to make “new” cards. Children and volunteers create these cards which are then sold to support St. Jude’s programs and services. You can find out more details about the St. Jude’s Recycled Card Program here.
4) Create a “Stay-in-Touch” Basket
Place all the cards in a basket. Each week, you can pick a card and do something special for the chosen family or person. Send a handwritten note, make some cookie, call, or visit them. The ideas are limitless!
5) Create a Prayer Basket
Just like in the idea above, put all the cards in a basket. Each week, pick a card and pray specifically for that family or person.
What do you do with your old Christmas cards?