On my first holiday as a married woman, I was a little surprised to see that my affluent in-laws cut off the front of old greeting cards and used them as gift tags. Flash forward several decades and their frugal Yankee ways are now recognized as “upcycling.” Whatever you call it, that first holiday (and my in-laws) inspired me to find second and even third uses for just about everything, including old holiday cards. Here are five fun ideas to inspire you.
Holiday Card Gift Tags
No craft skills needed to create the cards in our post photo. Just cut the back off old cards and tape or tie the front to packages this year. Of course, if you’re feeling a little craftier, cut the card fronts into different shapes, punch a hole in the top and add a ribbon to the tag. This is a fun project for your children, too!
Holiday Card Place Card
Personalized place markers make great holiday keepsakes for guests. Cut a 2x3-inch piece from a card and fold in half. Add a ribbon for trim and a printed piece of paper with your guest's name. For an extra personalized touch, add a photo of your guest.
Holiday Card Pinecone Ornament
This inspiration comes from Better Homes and Gardens. Use a flower punch to punch flowers from cards of coordinating colors (browns, creams, golds, oranges, and reds and shown here). Trim the punched-out flowers in half, and then in half again so you're left with individual petals. Start at the bottom of a 1-7/8x2-1/2-inch Styrofoam egg and hot glue petals on in rows, overlapping as you move up. Don't worry if the hot-glue melts the foam a bit. It will give the pinecone a natural uneven texture.
About as simple (and special) as it gets. Re-use holiday cards as recipe cards to include with holiday food gifts.
Cut the fronts from old holiday cards send them as postcards. Remember that postcards require less postage than a regular card!
Do you have any holiday recycling tips to share? We’d love to hear (and see) your ideas!
Greenwrite is a prolific writer and avid crafter with an eclectic range of specialties that reflects her curiosity for just about everything. A former advertising creative director, she makes her home in Vermont, but escapes to a sunny beach whenever the opportunity presents itself.