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Recycle Christmas Cards: 8 Fun Craft and Decor Ideas

You can recycle Christmas cards with these creative holiday crafts and easy home decor ideas. Reuse the cards to make upcycled coasters, ornaments and more.

After the holidays, what will you do with all the cute cards you got in the mail from family and friends this season? Today we’re sharing 8 ways you can easily recycle Christmas cards to make creative holiday crafts and home decor. Ideas include how to reuse the cards to make upcycled coasters, ornaments and more!

8 creative and fun ideas to recycle Christmas cards

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is receiving cards from family and friends in the mail. I always hang Christmas cards on the front of our kitchen cabinets and enjoy looking at them all month long. While there are many different ways you can display Christmas cards throughout the season, what do you do with them in January when the holidays are done?

Most years, I recycle Christmas cards by sending them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. However, you can’t send them certain card brands, ones that have writing on the inside of the card cover or personal photo cards. I usually bundle up the really special cards with ribbon and store them away as keepsakes. I started to wonder though how else could you creatively recycle Christmas cards into something useful or fun?

8 Ideas to Recycle Christmas Cards for Crafts and Decor

After doing a little research, I found these 8 ideas to upcycle or recycle Christmas cards into crafts or home decor. To get full tutorials for each one, just click through the links to visit the original blogs. You should also pin individual ideas from the original source as well. You’ll find a large collage image at the end of the blog post if you want to pin or share the entire collection for later.

Idea 1: Create Display Books with Christmas Cards

Turn the Christmas cards into a little photo book that you can look at throughout the year. A youth pastor I know actually uses this method as a way to pray for his friends and family.

Christmas Card Display Bundle – Delineate Your Dwelling

Christmas Card Display Bundle – Delineate Your Dwelling featured on Kenarry.com

Idea 2: Fold Christmas Cards into Keepsake Ornaments

How cute is this idea to creatively transform the Christmas cards into special ornaments to hang on the tree next year? I think this would also be a fun gift idea for grandparents or other loved ones.

Turn Holiday Cards Into Keepsake Ornaments – Practically Functional

Turn Holiday Cards Into Keepsake Ornaments – Practically Functional featured on Kenarry.com

Idea 3: Upcycle Christmas Cards into Magnets

Creating magnets from old Christmas cards is a great way to enjoy them all year round. Or store them away with your Christmas decorations and bring them out to stick to the side of the fridge next year.

Wood Slice Vintage Christmas Card Magnets – Mod Podge Rocks

Wood Slice Vintage Christmas Card Magnets – Mod Podge Rocks featured on Kenarry.com

Idea 4: Recycle Christmas Cards as a Winter Banner or Bunting

I love this idea as a way to enjoy the holiday cards for a few extra months beyond the holiday season.

Upcycle Christmas Cards Into Winter Bunting – Average But Inspired

Upcycle Christmas Cards Into Winter Bunting - Average But Inspired featured on Kenarry.com

Idea 5: Make Coasters from Christmas Cards

Upcycle Christmas cards by turning them into beautiful coasters to stylishly protect your end tables.

What to Do With All Those Christmas Cards? DIY Coasters – Kraft & Mint

What to Do With All Those Christmas Cards? DIY Coasters - Kraft & Mint featured on Kenarry.com

Idea 6: Recycle Christmas Cards into Framed Wall Art

Reuse the prettiest greeting cards you received by framing them to display on your walls next Christmas.

Upcycled Christmas Cards to Framed Wall Art – The Southern Couture

Upcycled Christmas Cards to Framed Wall Art - The Southern Couture featured on Kenarry.com

Idea 7: Upcycle Christmas Cards into Holiday Placemats

This idea is so simple but so fun. You can save the placemats to reuse at the holidays or enjoy them now for everyday dining.

How to Recycle Old Christmas Cards Into Festive Placemats – Adventures of Mel

How to Recycle Old Christmas Cards Into Festive Placemats - Adventures of Mel featured on Kenarry.com

Idea 8: Reuse Christmas Cards as Holiday Gift Tags

You’ll be all set for gifting next Christmas if you turn the old cards into cute holiday gift tags.

Upcycling Holiday Gift Tags – Home Work

Upcycling Holiday Gift Tags - Home Work featured on Kenarry.com

You can use any of these 8 ideas to upcycle your holiday cards and continue to enjoy them long after the season is over. What other fun ways would you recycle Christmas cards to use for crafts and decor? Please comment below and share. We’re always looking for new ideas!

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What fun ways to recycle Christmas cards to use for crafts and decor! Use any of these 8 ideas to upcycle your holiday cards and continue to enjoy them long after the season is over.

Updated November 2019.

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