Needlepointers.com Logo

Recycle Old Christmas Greeting Cards into a Basket

Today's tutorial is one of my favorite craft ideas for recycling all of those old Christmas greeting cards received and stored away over the years. Recycle Christmas cards into Christmas card baskets creating a project which is genuinely useful.

I am not the inventor of this recycled greeting card idea, but I have modernized it. 

The greeting card basket tutorials found on other websites punch holes in the basket pieces with a sharp scissor, awl or needle (which can be difficult) and use the blanket stitch to frame the pieces. 

Our modernized version of the Christmas card basket punches holes with a hand-held hole punch and crochets around the pieces making the framing process so much easier and faster.  

Recycled Greeting Card Basket Tutorial - fb

The finished recycled Christmas cards basket is fairly sturdy and would look attractive anywhere in the home filled with scented pine cones or potpourri, shiny Christmas ornaments, fruit, newly received Christmas cards or holiday treats. 

These would make a lovely Christmas gift for a hostess, teacher, co-worker or friend filled with bags of homemade cookies, wrapped candy, bagged-up goodies, and/or gift card.

This Christmas Card Basket idea isn’t just for Christmas either. Yes, for this tutorial old Christmas cards were used to make the basket. But you could use birthday cards, other holiday cards, wedding cards, get well cards, really any type of card.

Greeting Card Basket Finished

So, it is time to show you how to make a Christmas card basket that will be treasured year after year by you or the recipient. Learn how to make a recycled Christmas card basket by watching our video Or keep reading this post for written instructions supported with photos.  


Printable PDF Version - Keep reading for a free version of this tutorial. If you would like to purchase an ad free printable version of this tutorial, please visit our Etsy Shop listing for Recycle Old Christmas Greeting Cards into a Basket. For a small fee, you can purchase a PDF downloadable version of this tutorial.


COMPLETE VIDEO TUTORIAL AVAILABLE! The video below is a preview with no audio, to watch the whole video tutorial, click the link Recycle Old Christmas Greeting Cards into a Basket to watch in Youtube.


Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. We make a small commission on sales through the affiliate links, at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance for your purchase and your support! Please see our full Affiliate Statement for more information.

What to do with old greeting cards?

Before we get into the actual Christmas Card basket step-by-step photo tutorial, there are other greeting card crafts that are a fun way to upcycle old greeting cards into new items that will be cherished. 

Upcycle Them!

  • Ornaments
  • Bookmarks
  • Gift Boxes
  • Coasters
  • Placemats
  • New Cards
  • And More

Our Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose and Upcycle Greeting Card page has over 50 craft ideas.

Donate them!  St. Jude's Ranch for Kids accepts the front of cards (Christmas, Birthday, any type) for their Recycled Card Program where the children take used cards and make new ones which they then sell on the St. Jude's Ranch website. 

Besides St. Jude's Ranch, check with local area daycare centers, schools, senior citizen centers and nursing homes to see if they have a use for them.

We are planning to make more greeting card crafts so sign up for our newsletter, that way you will be notified each time we release a new tutorial! 

Greeting Card Basket Finished Christmas Basket

here is how to Create A Christmas Card Basket from holiday cards

This is a really simple, uncomplicated DIY card craft that can even be made while watching TV.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 14 Christmas Greeting Cards
  • Yarn
  • White Craft Glue
  • Single Handheld 1/8" hole punch
  • Crochet Hook - Size D
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Christmas Card Basket Template (template provided below)
  • Computer and Printer

Greeting Card Basket Supplies

written INSTRUCTIONS for greeting card basket

STEP 1: greeting card basket template

Print the free Christmas basket template and cut out the pieces. To get the free template scroll to the product section near the end of this page.

Recycle Christmas Card Basket Template

The paper template pieces are very flimsy.  It is suggested to make a sturdier template by tracing around the paper pattern pieces on the back of two old greeting cards and cutting out these patterns to use as templates.

STEP 2: Choosing and Cutting Cards

Look through your used greeting card stash and decide which cards to use by theme, such as snowmen, angels, nativity, animals, and so on, or simply make the basket with all different pictures.  Choose 14 greeting cards that will fit the pattern pieces. Recycle Greeting Card Basket Cards

Since the bottom basket pattern piece is larger, it is wise to choose the cards for the bottom first. Upcycle Greeting Card Basket Use template to Cut Out Bottom

Try to center the nicest part of the card picture in the middle of the pattern and use a pencil or pen to trace around it.  Cut along the traced line.  Repeat because two bottom pieces are needed.

Greeting Card Basket Use Template to Cut out sides Next, repeat the process with the basket side pattern pieces; center on the card, trace around it and cut out with a scissor.  Twelve side pieces are needed. Greeting Card Basket Cards Cut Out

STEP 3: Glue the Pieces together

After all of the pieces have been cut out, glue two sides together so the pictures are showing. Greeting Card Basket Glue Cards Together
Repeat with all the sides and bottom pieces.

Let the glue dry. You may want to weigh down the pieces with some books so they don’t curl during drying.

After the glue is dried, a little trimming with a scissor may be necessary.  If the back of the card is showing, trim it off. Greeting Card Basket Trim Cards You should now have six sides and 1 bottom piece.

STEP 4: punching holes around card pieces

Starting with the side pieces, use a handheld 1/8" hole punch to punch holes at each corner about 3/8 inch from the edge.  

The side pieces (counting the corner holes) will have 5 holes at the bottom, 6 holes on each side and 7 holes around the scalloped top. Greeting Card Basket Punch Holes In Cards

To punch the holes, begin by punching holes in each of the four corners.  Then along the bottom edge punch a hole between the two corners and then one right and left of the center hole.

Along the top punch a hole in the middle of the two corners.  Then punch two holes to the right and left of the center hole.

On each side of the side piece, punch the 4 holes between the corners trying to evenly space them apart.

For the hexagon bottom piece, again punch holes at each corner.  

Then punch three holes evenly spaced between the corners. Each side of the hexagon piece has 5 holes.  Try again to space them evenly apart.

Greeting Card Basket Cards Ready

STEP 5: Crochet around the edges of the pieces

Crochet Stitch Guide

ch = Chain Stitch
sc = Single Crochet
slip stitch = Slip Stitch

Crocheting around the edge of each piece gives the basket an attractive appearance. 

Let’s start with the side pieces.  Take the crochet hook and insert it into the middle hole along the bottom edge of the piece, loop the yarn around the hook, pull it through the hole, Greeting Card Basket Stitch Around Card 1 loop both yarns (both the tail end and working yarn) around the hook, Greeting Card Basket Stitch Around Card 2 and pull it through the loop.  This is the anchor stitch. Greeting Card Basket Stitch Around Card 3

After anchoring the yarn, crochet around the edge of the piece by ch2, Greeting Card Basket Stitch Around Card 4 and sc in next hole, Greeting Card Basket Stitch Around Card 5 ch2. In the corner hole, sc, ch1, sc, ch1, sc, ch2. Greeting Card Basket Stitch Around Card 6

Continue working around the entire piece in this manner ending with a ch2 and slip stitch in the top of the anchor stitch. Greeting Card Basket Stitch Around Card 7

Fasten off and weave in the ends. Greeting Card Basket Stitch Around Card 8

NOTE:  When crocheting around the pieces, always start in the middle holes; not the corner holes.

Crochet around the six sides and the one bottom piece.

STEP 6: sewing bottom and sides together

When all the basket pieces are crocheted, use the crochet stitches as a guide to sew all the pieces together.

Greeting Card Basket Cards Laid Out

Thread a tapestry needle with a long piece of yarn. 

Greeting Card Basket Stitch Cards to bottomBegin by sewing all the side pieces to the basket bottom.
Greeting Card Basket Cards Stitched to bottom

Then sew all the side pieces together. Greeting Card Basket Stitch Sides Together

Greeting Card Basket Side StitchedTo finish weave in all the tails. 

The absolutely charming crocheted edge Christmas card basket is complete and ready to use or gift. Greeting Card Basket Christmas Basket Side View

I bet you can't just make one!!!  I couldn't!!!  As you can see below.  After looking through the cards and sorting them by theme, I wanted to create more and more baskets.

Greeting Card Basket Many Finished

I hope this Christmas Card Basket tutorial was helpful and you decided to upcycle some greeting cards.  If you enjoyed this project be sure to pin, bookmark and share. 

more crafts using greeting cards that you may like

Have you enjoyed this post on how to make an upcycled Christmas card basket?  And you still have greeting cards left? Then you may like these ideas.

Greeting Card Basket Finished Christmas

Happy Crafting,
Annette

Printable PDF Version - If you would like to purchase an ad free printable version of this tutorial, please visit our Etsy Shop listing for Recycle Old Christmas Greeting Cards into a Basket. For a small fee, you can purchase a PDF downloadable version of this tutorial.



QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about this project, contact us through the YouTube Video comments or our Contact Us page. We respond to questions in e-mails and YouTube comments regularly.

POPULAR HOLIDAYS DIY CRAFTS

No-Sew Fabric 3D Snowflake

Felt Wreath Ornament

Glitter Ornaments

Supporting Products and links: Some of the links below may be affiliate links. We make a small commission on sales through the affiliate links, at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance for your purchase and your support! Please see our full Affiliate Statement for more information.

Elmer's Glue-All

Elmer's Glue-All #ad

A strong multi-purpose glue that bonds to paper, fabric, wood, ceramics, leather, and more. It is perfect for crafts, repairs and projects. Various size bottles are available to purchase. Affiliate Link to Amazon

Greeting Card Basket Template

Greeting Card Basket Template PDF

Here is the free printable template needed for this project. Needlepointers.com

Hand Held Hole Punch 1/8 inch

Hand Held Hole Punch 1/8 inch #ad

Fiskars Hand Punch offers versatile, comfortable use. It’s great for creating confetti, hanging holes for gift tags and more. Affiliate Link to Amazon

Scissors - Fiskars 8 Inch Softgrip Scissors

Scissors - Fiskars 8 Inch Softgrip Scissors #ad

Ideal for cutting a wide variety of materials including paper, cardboard, tape and much more. Affiliate Link to Amazon.com

Susan Bates Aluminum Crochet Hooks

Susan Bates Aluminum Crochet Hooks #ad

Select a size. Size B to N and everything in between. Affiliate Link to Joann

Susan Bates Steel Yarn Knitting Needle

Susan Bates Steel Yarn Knitting Needle #ad

Measures 2.75 Inch long. Blunt tip point, two in package. Affiliate Link to Sold at Amazon

Tapestry Needle - Blunt Yarn Sewing Needles

Tapestry Needle - Blunt Yarn Sewing Needles #ad

The large eye blunt needles are good for weaving in ends and sewing up seams on your knit and crochet projects.
Easy to handle: extra long eye, blunt tip thick shaft.
Also can be used for needlepoint, cross stitch and decorative stitching.
Package of 9 pieces.
Affiliate Link to Amazon

Yarn - Medium Weight (Worster Weight)

Yarn - Medium Weight (Worster Weight) #ad

Lots and lots of options at Joann's. Affiliate Link to Joann's






Recycled Christmas Card Basket Tutorial - pin

Recycled Greeting Card Basket Tutorial - pin


Profile Photo

Annette & Chris are a mother/daughter team. We've brought you craft projects and tutorials through this web site for over 20 years.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Personal Projects

YouTube Video Topics

Annie OnlineClasses 300x250 Accucut - 250x250

Looking for something you cannot find on our site? Click here to e-mail the Needlepointers Information department.

Copyright ©2003 - 2019 Needlepointers.com. All Rights Reserved. | Powered by w3.css

Secured by RapidSSL