Ideas for re-purposing the Christmas Cards you receive

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Christmas greeting cardFor many people, giving and receiving Christmas cards is one of the most enjoyable parts of the holiday season. Seeing how much friends’ children have grown over the year, admiring the beautiful cards that people select—even reading through those often endless Christmas letters—are all wonderful holiday traditions.

But once the Christmas tree has been put away, the lights have been taken down, and the last cookie and cupcake have been eaten, what can one do with that festive pile of Christmas cards? While recycling them is always an option, many people want to keep at least a portion of their favorite photo holiday cards and other Christmas greetings.

Get Crafty

Fortunately, many crafty options abound that can help people re-purpose their holiday cards and enjoy them all year long. As a bonus, none of these projects is that complicated or costly. As an article on The Gloss explained, it is easy and fun to turn Christmas cards into something new. One tip—think ahead when ordering Christmas cards. If you want to create and send a photo holiday card from an online service such as minted.com or Snapfish, choose a design and a standard size that will allow friends and family to frame and keep the picture easily.

Want to get a jump on next year? With a pair of scissors and a few minutes, you can transform your pile of holiday cards into a plethora of adorable gift tags to use next year. Just trim away the parts that contain any writing and concentrate on using the fronts of the cards. This is not only a great idea, it’s also good for the environment!

Holy Coasters

Try turning Christmas cards into coasters. Take a card, cut it up into any size or shape that you want, and apply Mod Podge to make it waterproof. Glue a piece of felt to the back, and within minutes you have created a useful and unique coaster.

Since “too many refrigerator magnets” is an oxymoron for many people, why not transform those holiday greetings into homemade magnets? Pick up some flat back glass marbles at your local craft store and glue pieces that have been cut out from your cards to the backs. The marbles will have a magnifying effect, allowing you to easily admire the beautiful designs and patterns on the cards.

People who have a knack for folding paper can successfully transform their Christmas cards into attractive and interesting ornaments. This article at The Gloss includes instructions on how to turn your cards into origami works of art—all that is needed is some glue and ribbon. If you used up most of your crafting mojo during the months leading up to the holidays but still want to do something special with your old Christmas cards, take heed: the following choices will allow you to unload your cards in a way that does not involve one drop of glue.

‘Tis the Season

Did you know that St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is always on the lookout for donations of old cards? The kids who are there take the cards and turn them into new ones. The cards are then sold and the proceeds help children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Just box up your bevy of holiday greetings and ship them directly to the ranch.

Finally, the Tiny Prints blog offers a creative way to enjoy the Christmas cards all year long. One woman photographed her holiday cards with her phone. Then she used them as her contacts’ images on her cell phone. That way, when one of her friends calls or texts, she sees an image of their children cavorting in the snow, a lovely Christmas tree decorated with ornaments, or whatever other lovely images their cards featured.

What other ideas do you have for your Christmas and holiday cards? Please share them on our Facebook page or in the comments below.

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