12 Creative Ways To Recycle Your Christmas Cards!

Don’t throw your Christmas cards away! There are many creative ways to use Christmas cards.  And some of these you can do with your kids. Check out some of the ideas we have collected.

Christmas Jigsaw Game

Make a Christmas jigsaw game. Gather 10-20 Christmas cards and cut each one into 3 or 4 pieces.  Be sure to use straight lines. Shuffle the pieces and lay them out on a flat service such as a dining table or the floor.  The challenge is to put them back together again! Store the cards in a shoebox for next time. This is a fun activity for a quiet family evening.  This activity at the beginning of the season will put even Scrooge into the Christmas spirit!

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Make cinnamon stick ornaments.  This is an easy upgrade for the Christmas tree. Wrap a small bundle of cinnamon sticks together with a beautiful ribbon tied in a bow.  Be sure to leave a loop for hanging. Finally, using a small dab of glue, attach a shape cut from a Christmas card to the center of the ribbon bow.  The finished ornament will look beautiful and smell delicious too!

Scented Sachets

Make scented sachets to give as gifts or use as a fragrance for your home. Begin by gluing the bottom and side edges of a Christmas card together.  Then slip a small amount of potpourri into the space created.  Alternatively, use a cotton ball on which you have dropped a little Christmas essential oil. Finally, use a hole punch to make two holes on the top edge. Through the holes thread a beautiful ribbon before tying a bow. If you leave a loop in the ribbon, the sachets can be hung.  Hang them on door handles, coat hooks or radiators.  Heat from the later will help to release the scent, but it won’t last as long.  Create a welcoming, Christmas atmosphere.

Christmas Mobile

Cut shapes out of Christmas cards in matching pairs to use in creating a Christmas mobile.  Hearts work nicely, as do Christmas tree shapes.  Even plain squares and circles will work. Stick the cards back to back and laminate them.  Then punch a hole in them.  Use the pieces to make a colorful and child-friendly mobile. Add to this every year. As a variation, back each shape with a plain-colored piece of card and write down the date and name of each card’s sender.

Christmas Card Game

Cut playing-card shapes out of the Christmas cards.  Stick a piece of plain card over any writing, if necessary.  Use the results to make a Christmas game or quiz for your children to play next year. Laminate to protect.

Gift Tags

A traditional activity that never fails to amuse kids is making gift tags for presents. Use pinking sheers, a hole punch, and leftover ribbon and create all the tags you need for next year.

Gift Bags

Make gift bags for next year.  Begin by saving paper bags. Cut a nice shape out of each Christmas card and stick it on the bag.  Be sure to cover any shop labels. Sometimes one Christmas card will yield many bag decorations! Finally, add a little ribbon bow just above the card.   This looks lovely.

Miniature Christmas Cards

Christmas card designs can be cut and re-folded into miniature Christmas cards.  These the kids can give next year.

Christmas Screensaver

Scan your favorite cards into the computer.  And add some of your favorite messages as well.  Use this material to create a Christmas wallpaper or screensaver.  Children love this!

Christmas Confetti

Make some Christmas confetti.  Use it to scatter on the Christmas table. Put a pinch inside your Christmas cards and gifts!) This can be done with a plain hole punch.  Or buy a special Christmas one.  Remember to choose the most colorful areas from each card to cut. Gold and silver look exquisite together.  Mix it in wth red and green for the best effect. You can even use small scraps of leftover wrapping paper to make confetti.  Children can be kept busy with this for hours!