11 Crafts Using Christmas Cards

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    Christmas Card Wreath

    After the holidays are over, most people typically toss all of the holiday greeting cards they received throughout the season. But that seems a bit wasteful, doesn't it? All of your friends' and family members' efforts to pick the perfect outfits, write the proper greeting, and choose the prettiest cards just thrown in the trash? Now, there's no need to feel a little guilty about doing this. Happily, there are a lot of ways to upcycle those Christmas cards and holiday greetings into useful and pretty accessories to use next year. Here are 11 things to make with old Christmas cards, beginning with this pretty wreath crafted out of paper holly leaves that would make a whimsical addition to your mantel or an interior door.    

    Christmas card wreath from Good Housekeeping

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    Christmas Card Table Runner

    Scan your favorite cards before throwing them out, then craft them into a fabric table runner for your holiday spread. This project would be especially pretty with Currier and Ives prints. 

    Christmas card table runner from Real Simple

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    Rustic Christmas Card Ornaments

    These beautiful tree ornaments were made by adhering the images from greeting cards to rustic wood slices (available at craft stores.)  For a personal touch on your tree, you could opt to use pictures of friends and family members from the photo cards that are so often sent at Christmastime. 

    Rustic Christmas card ornaments from 'Lil Blue Boo

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    Christmas Card Globe Ornament

    Here's another way to upcycle holiday greetings into tree decorations. Cut the cards into strips and make them into whimsical, three-dimensional globe ornaments.

    Paper globe ornaments from Martha Stewart

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    Holiday Magnet Set

    Christmas card magnets
    The Gloss

    A set of glass bead magnets made using Christmas cards would make a nice gift for someone, or you could just dress up your own fridge for the holidays. Use the magnets to tack up next year's cards, or print numbers on them to use as a type of advent calendar.

    Holiday magnet set from The Gloss

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    Christmas Card Jar Toppers

    Use the images from Christmas cards to dress up mason jars filled with goodies you can give as gifts to friends, neighbors, ​and teachers.

    Christmas card jar toppers from SCRAP

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    Christmas Card Coasters

    Alternatively, turn mason jar lids upside down and adhere holiday greetings to the inside, making them into a pretty DIY coaster set for your coffee table or a hot chocolate bar.

    Christmas card coasters from Ann's Entitled Life

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    Christmas Card Art

    Christmas card art
    Christmas Card Art. Better Homes and Gardens

    Cut out motifs from holiday cards to make into an entirely new piece of art to prop on your mantel or dress up your entryway for the holidays.

    Christmas card art from ​Better Homes and Gardens

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    Christmas Card Gift Tags

    Stock up on wrapping supplies for next year by upcycling Christmas cards into gift tags.  Cut around motifs or symbols with scissors, or use a large circle punch to punch out uniformly-sized tags.  

    Christmas card gift tags from Home Made Modern

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    Wine Bottle Tag

    Give new life to the front of a holiday greeting card by cutting and gluing it onto a piece of cardstock, then slipping it onto a bottle of wine to use as a hostess gift.

    Wine bottle tag from Better Homes and Gardens

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    Christmas Card Chair Swag

    Make your holiday table more festive by crafting swags out of Christmas cards to attach to chair backs.  Longer swags could be attached to mantels or stair railings as an alternative to garland.

    Christmas card chair swags from Better Homes and Gardens