Turn Old Christmas Cards into New Treasures

By Noreen Doll.

Don’t throw those Christmas cards away!

Here are tons of ways to turn old Christmas cards into new treasures.Crafty Journal - Hundreds of Ways to Use Old Christmas Cards


Now that the holidays are winding down we are looking for ways to re-use the quantities of wrapping paper, boxes and Christmas cards that we have accumulated.

These are some clever and creative ways for using those Christmas cards one more time.

I even buy cards after Christmas at deep discounts, to use for crafting. The Dollar Stores are also great places to get cards to create with.

Use them for wrapping gifts.

Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box

Use several of your prettiest cards to make a whip stitched Christmas card box. It can hold a gift, or  some tasty cookies or candies.

Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box by Crafty Journal

Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box

Christmas Card Gift Jar

Use Christmas cards and your old canning jars for a fun gift wrap.

Crafty Journal - Christmas Card Gift Jar

Christmas Card Gift Jar

Small Gift Boxes

Cut the cards to fit on the box sides and make favor or gift boxes.

Crafty Journal - Small Gift Box

Christmas Gift Box

Free Gift Box Templates

Use cards to make little boxes of a variety of shapes for small gifts.

Crafty Journal - Christmas Card Gift Boxes

Christmas Card Gift Boxes

Lunchbag Gift Bag

Cut out the fronts from Christmas cards and attach them to lunch bags. Add yarn, twine or ribbon to tie them closed.

Crafty Journal - Lunchbag Gift Bag

Lunchbag Gift Bag

Folded Tags from Christmas Cards

Make pretty, easy folded tags from Christmas cards to add to your gifts.

Crafty Journal - Folded Tags from Christmas Cards

Folded Tags from Christmas Cards

More Folded Tags from Christmas Cards

Greeting Card Gift Boxes

Lots of links for more ways to make boxes from Christmas cards.

Gift Wrap with Recycled Christmas Cards

Creative ways to use cards for decorating your gifts.

More Crafty Christmas Card Ideas

Paper Arts Storage Album

Cut pictures from cards that can be reused in other ways. Store them in a small album till you need them.

Crafty Journal - Paper Arts Storage Album

Paper Arts Storage Album

Sewing Cards from Greeting Cards

Make sewing cards for little ones.

Crafty Journal - Sewing Cards from Greeting Cards

Sewing Cards from Greeting Cards

Used Christmas Card Crafts for Kids

Links to ideas for crafts kids can create with old cards.

Greeting Card Houses

Lots of links for making little houses – or a village.

Used Christmas Card Ornaments

Turn your Christmas cards into ornaments for next year, or to use as gifts.

Used Christmas Card Ideas

Tons of links for recycling your old Christmas cards.

Recycled Christmas Cards

Links to more recycled Christmas card ideas than you can ever use!

Happy Christmas card recycling!

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. I appreciate all the ideas and links to more ideas. Thank you

  2. Great ideas for used Christmas cards. I love the mason jars. I will pin this. I am sure I will use it next year.

    Thank you so much for linking up at 1st Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop “2014″. I look forward to following all your social medias.
    Blessings and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Diane Roark

  3. Great ideas. I will certainly use them. Thanks

  4. Thank you for these! I have boxes and boxes of old greeting cards (many different occasions) but haven’t really known what to do with them. I felt too guilty to throw them away, LOL…. now I can put them to good use!

  5. Thanks for all the great ideas!L

  6. The gift card tags are a great idea for the cards. Friends of my mom make placemats out of the cards and sell the for charity. They are pretty cool.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  7. Great ideas here! Thanks for sharing, I never know what to do with all my cards!

  8. Thank you for this!!! What great ideas. For a couple years I have been immediately cutting up my Christmas cards to make upcycled gifts tags. So fun. Love these other ideas! Especially the lacing cards for kids. Thanks for some great new ideas!

  9. Oh wow thank you what wonderful ideas.think I will make gift tags and put away with Christmas wrapping paper for next year

  10. I just packed all of my cards yesterday. I pinned for next year. Coming from Fluster Buster!

  11. Thank you so much for stopping by The Weekend re-Treat this week and sharing this post with us! Wanted to stop by your blog and Pin it to our Party Boards while I was here tonight !

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  12. Great ideas! These are definitely worth trying next year!

  13. These are fantastic! I have a few years’ worth of Christmas card that I just…haven’t…been…able…to…toss… – now I have something useful to do with them! I LOVE the sewing card idea – perfect for my budding seamstresses (ages 6 & 7, just learning to hand-stitch!).

    Thank you! I’m glad I found you through the Family Fun Friday Link-up! Blessings!

  14. Really like these ideas. I know my aunt makes gift tags with hers every year. Thanks for the other ideas.

  15. So many great ideas for using Christmas cards. Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  16. Thanks for the inspiration! I love these ideas and hopefully will find the time to do some of them.
    New Year blessings!

  17. I really hate to throw pretty cards away and this is a great idea for not just Christmas cards. Thanks for sharing pin-worthy projects!

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

  18. All of these are terrific ideas! Thanks for sharing them!

  19. What great ideas! Thanks for this. Thanks for linking up to Tips and Tricks!

  20. My favorite is the sewing card. Brilliant! My kids get bored with their lacing cards and I’m too cheap to buy new ones. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday!

  21. Great ideas. I save many of my Christmas cards because they are all so beautiful. I will certainly use a few of these ideas for next year….Hope I remember them. I might just some of them just so I don’t forget.

  22. These are great idea – I just went through all of my Christmas cards and there are so many beautiful ones these are great ways to re-use them. Hugs, Holly

  23. I am all about cards and letter writing, in fact I am a self confessed paper junkie, so I loved all of your ideas here. Thanks for sharing. I feed my habit over at Rite While U Can – I think you may enjoy.

  24. Thanks for the great ideas! I hate every year to throw so many away. I especially love the sewing card idea.

  25. Fantastic fun with old cards – great for gifts and church bazaars.

  26. I am so pinning the Christmas Gift Box idea. Thanks.

  27. These are great ideas! I’d hate to waste them! I’ll save them for next year.

  28. love these ideas!!

  29. My momma and I were JUST talking over the holiday how to use Christmas cards. We hate throwing them away. Thanks for the tips–especially love the screw lid covers. Found you on Making Monday. Good work!

  30. Last year I took CARD FRONTS and cut into book marker or GIFT TAG SIZE then used a hole punch, and added tassels from a small bundle of EMBRODERY THREAD..sometimes one color sometimes several. When the pictures were outstanding I got creative w a little bit of GLITTER SPRAY.

    The embroidery thread is Cheap..about all you have invested is Time.

  31. I love the gift boxes made from cards. I hope my dollar tree still has some left on sale :) Visiting from Fluster’s Creative Muster

  32. I, too, repurpose Christmas cards into gift tags for the next year. Your decorated lunch bag is adorable. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  33. These are great! I always feel bad throwing cards away, so I’m pinning this to remember for next year!

  34. Accidentally Wonderful says:

    This is so smart!

  35. What great ideas! We are so excited that you linked the post up in our Crafty Showcase this past week. Stop over on Friday as we are featuring your project and blog.

    Thanks, Susie

  36. Great tips and ideas! Iwill definitely use them!!!


  37. Wow, what creative ideas for old cards I never would of thought of! Now I know what I can do with the stash I have. I will use them! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best!

  38. the gift card idea idea too good..will try doing it this time.

  39. So many great ideas! I’m pinning.

  40. Lots of great ideas! Love the gift box with the ribbons and the one stitched together. Thanks for sharing all these grest ideas! Pinning!

  41. As always a super awesome and crafty round up! So glad you take the time to gather this info for us, saves me time! Happy New Year!

  42. These are really cute ideas for using old Christmas cards creatively! Great ideas…thanks for sharing!

  43. Great ideas! I especially love the mason jar!

  44. What a great roundup of fantastic ideas!

  45. Wow, great list! I always end up making gift tags (which I then don’t use all of!) or recycling them – the gift boxes and sewing cards really appeal. Thanks for all these ideas – I found you via the Ladybug blessings linky :)

  46. These are super cute. I’m going to use the easiest idea, folded gift tags. I’ll convert this year’s cards for next year’s gifts when I eventually take them down. We’ve already put away the Christmas decorations but we like to enjoy the cards from friends and family for a bit longer. Thanks for the comprehensive list!

  47. Great ideas here :)

  48. Great ideas and ways to reuse christmas cards!!

  49. This is a great resource. Thanks for creating it. I have just uncovered some Christmas cards from my departed Grandmother that I wanted to save some how. Thank you so much for all the ideas.

  50. I hope you’ll find just what you’re looking for!

  51. Those are all great ideas for using Christmas cards. I especially like the Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box project.

  52. I love it as a mason jar accent!! Brilliant! Thanks for linking up with Our Mini Linky Party!


  53. Darklurkr23 says:

    All great ideas . I always wonder when it’s time to throw them out each year, great way to save $$$$

  54. Hi Noreen,
    Thanks for linking these great ideas up @ “What to do Weekends” Party! I love them and pinned, as well! Just wanted to pop by and let you know I am sharing them on my Facebook page now!

  55. These are fabulous ideas. I have always saved the Christmas cards. Now I can put them to good use. We would love for you to share this with us at the Home Matters Linky party.

  56. Such awesome ideas! I think my favorite is the whip stitched box from Christmas cards. I wish I had saved some more of my cards! :-)


  57. These are all amazingly creative ideas! I would love to be able to look at my saved Christmas cards in a new way! Thank you for sharing.

  58. Thanks for sharing with us at the Home Matters Party. These are all such great ideas, we need to share!

  59. This is what I love! Recycle things.. you are a feature for tomorrow’s party, thanks for sharing this at my last Fabulous Friday Party

  60. Such great ideas! I really like the Christmas card gift jar idea. Thanks for sharing!

  61. Some great ideas here! Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It!

  62. These are absolutely fantastic ideas! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks so much for sharing :)

  63. So many fun ideas! My favorite is the way you decorated the paper bag.

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

  64. Wow, what creative ideas! Pinned! Thanks for always sharing at My Flagstaff Home.


  65. Brilliant! I often make tags the following year from my Xmas cards, but always have way more cards than presents! I especially love the gift box ones :) I’ve book marked this in a new ‘Xmas Ideas’ folder ready for next year :)

  66. You know Noreen, I always used to recycle the old Christmas cards. I don’t seem to get as many as I used to. I’m going to start doing it though this year with those the kids get. I did, however, make bunting with a collection of vintage Christmas cards my Mum and Dad received when they were first married. You just don’t see those kind of cards around anymore. Thanks for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. Always great to see you each week. I’m featuring this post at tomorrow’s party.

    Anne xx

  67. I love the idea of cutting out the detailed pictures and using them for something else…like scrap booking! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Pinned!

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