Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, and Upcycle Greeting Cards

Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose, and Upcycle Those Greeting Cards!

If you get those cute, fun, lovely, and beautiful cards sent to you in December and don’t want to toss them after the holidays, we have great ideas for you to recycle the Christmas cards.

Our family loves to receive Christmas cards.

Not just “enjoys” or “likes” but LOVES!!

When the first card of the season arrives, my daughters fight over who gets to open it.  It’s like that all season long.

Even my husband likes to have a chance to open them, so I hide away a card every few days until he arrives home from work.

Once the cards for the day are opened, they stay in a special pile for everyone in the family to read before they are taped up on the large pantry doors in our kitchen.

In January, after all of the Christmas decorations are put away and safely stored until next year, the final solitary decoration of the holiday, our card covered pantry doors, is the last to go.

Before I started keeping these cards for crafts, it was painful to take down the cards and throw them away.

Lacing Cards

On this page you will find a great collection of crafts that will help you repurpose your Christmas cards.

And don’t forget about the hodge-podge of leftover cards you have from the boxes of cards you’ve sent over the past years!

With those leftover identical cards, you can make some very nicely coordinated ornaments and other crafts.

We have a link to the directions for a lovely pine cone shaped ornament using themed and same-colored cards.

You have to check that one out!  I was very excited when I found that classy ornament to make. So very pretty!

Many of you might remember that once popular hexagon basket made by lacing together Christmas cards but don’t have the instructions to recreate it.

Never fear; we found a great site with the directions for you.

I kid you not, when we were going through old storage boxes, we found a hexagon basket laced together with bright red yarn that my husband had made when he was in the fourth grade!

It was a bit nostalgic to see the (very) old style of Christmas cards that were popular at the time it was made.

Many of the ideas we have for you can be done with children, making them a great resource for teachers or parents who want a family-friendly project.

You’ll find ideas for a wide variety of ornaments, Christmas garlands, wreaths, and even a tutorial on making gift card boxes!

Recycled Greeting Card Snowman Wreath

If you find that you don't have the time and energy after all to get crafty with your old cards, keep in mind that St. Jude's Ranch for Children Card Recycle program at accepts the fronts of recycled cards in an effort to provide teens with life and work skills.

It's a worthy cause and great place for repurposed cards.

Now, if you are ready to make something new out of something old, check out the links below!

Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, and Upcycle  Greeting Cards

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3-D Geometric Christmas Ornament

Here is a fun way to recycle old Christmas cards. What's Up Fagan?


How to make homemade bookmarks from cards. The Frugal Girls

Box - Greeting Card Box

Recycle old Christmas or other greeting cards into small boxes. Family Crafts

Box - Greeting Card Box

Learn how to make a box with an old greeting card. WikiHow

Card Ornament

This easy holiday ornament project is a great way to recycle, upcycle, or reuse your favorite seasonal greetings into decorations Holidappy

Card Paper Chain

Another easy kid-friendly recycling craft with greeting cards! Creative Family Fun

Christmas Card Garland

Kid-friendly craft! An inexpensive and fun way for kids to bring color into the holiday. Learning 4 Kids

Christmas Card Projects

Decorative ideas and projects for recycling Christmas cards. Better Homes and Garden

Christmas Card Rubiks Cube

Turn a generic Rubiks cube into a unique holiday decoration with old greeting cards. If I Had a Million Hours

Christmas Card Tree Garland

With a circle punch make your collection of greeting cards into tree garland. Make To Day Creative

Christmas Cards

Ideas on using bits and pieces from old Christmas cards you’ve collected to create brand new cards! Happy Strong Home

Christmas Coasters

Christmas Coasters

DIY Christmas coasters with old cards are cute and quite simple to make. Ann's Entitled Life

Christmas Crate DIY

Repurpose two things;old Christmas cards and clementine/mandarin orange crates. Decoupage a wonderful box to store new Christmas cards, show off ornaments, and so much more. Pink Fortitude

Christmas Garland

Repurpose old Christmas cards into a colorful garland decoration. Party Planning Center

Coaster - Christmas Card Coaster

Recycle greeting cards into coasters. Christmas Cards 4 Less

Gift Bag

Gift Bag

Make a holiday gift bag with this free tutorial.

Gift Tags

Gift Tags

How to make gift tags by recycling greeting cards.

Greeting Card Recycling

Ideas for recycling greeting cards. Great projects for kids and adults. Granny 2 Shoes

Greeting Card Recycling

Things you can do with old greeting cards. Make-Stuff

Greeting Card Wreath

Greeting Card Wreath

Christmas cards are an inexpensive way to decorate your home during the holiday season. Staff

Greeting Cards

Recycle old greeting cards into new greeting cards. Aunt Annie

Lacing Cards

Lacing Cards

How to make lacing cards from greeting cards.
Lacing cards are an excellent activity which will strengthen a toddler’s fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. And keep them busy.

New Greeting Cards from Old Cards

Ideas for turning old greeting cards into new cards. Sum of Their Stories

Placemat - Christmas Card Placemat

A project even children can do - Recycle greeting cards. Free Kids Crafts

Placemat - Christmas Card Placemat

Recycle any greeting cards into placemats. A great kids craft idea. Christmas Cards 4 Less

Placemats - Christmas Card Placemats

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Recycling Cards for English Paper Piecing

Don’t bin those greetings cards. Re-purpose them for English paper piecing. Design Matters

Shadowbox Ornament

Turn old Christmas card and mason jar lid into a tree ornament. Serendipity Refined

Snowflake Ornament

Making these snowflake ornaments with old greeting cards is a fun and easy kid-friendly craft. DIY Inspired

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