Recycle Christmas Cards Into Christmas Decor

Christmas cards are always a welcome greeting each year.  They are all so beautiful that it is hard to throw them away when the holiday season is over.  Why not recycle Christmas cards to make into some beautiful Christmas decor for the following year.  Or, if you don’t have the room to display them as you receive the cards, you could always start crafting with the cards now!

Since there are so many different and beautiful patterns on Christmas cards, you have a wide variety of options for your decorating.  I found several great craft tutorials that will help you to recycle Christmas cards into some sentimental decor that you can enjoy year after year.

How To Recycle Christmas Cards

Make Decorative Christmas Trees

recycle Christmas cards into Christmas trees


These whimsical Christmas card trees are a fun example of how you can display several different cards.  The tutorial is easy to follow so it would be no problem to make several of these for a forest of trees!

Recycle Christmas Cards Into Christmas Ornaments

recycled christmas card ornaments

TUTORIAL: Bohemian Pages

You can never have too many Christmas ornaments!  These ornaments make a beautiful use out of Christmas cards.  The balls would add such a colorful and nostalgic adornment to your tree.

Make A Christmas Wreath

recycled christmas card wreath

TUTORIAL: Matt And Shari

A wreath is a perfect way to start displaying the cards as you receive them.  I love the theme that this wreath has going. It would be fun to divide all of your cards into like themes and make several different wreaths to place around the house.

Create Decorative Christmas Houses


These little houses for the tree remind me of bird houses so they are probably my favorite thing to do with Christmas cards.  It looks like this would be especially fun to do with those cards that have those cozy home themes.

Stack Cards To Make A Tree

TUTORIAL: Martha Stewart

To use up a lot of cards at once, you could make this fun Christmas tree. You don’t see the pictures in this craft so it would be a great way to use up the inside of cards as well.

Decorate A Scrapbook

TUTORIAL: Fave Crafts

This next idea is one that I have done myself several times.  Christmas card pictures make great embellishments for scrapbook albums or pages.

Make Decorative Gift Tags

TUTORIAL: A Spoon Full Of Sugar Designs

How about passing along the Christmas greeting to someone else in the form of a gift tag? With all of the beautiful designs on Christmas cards, you can make a variety of pretty gift tags.

TUTORIAL: Martha Stewart

I also like these letter gift tags.  These would be fun to use as monogram letters to identify the recipient as long as you didn’t have a group of people with the same initial!

Make A Decorative Christmas Bowl

SOURCE: Craftster

I never would have thought of making kitchen ware with Christmas cards but here is a bowl made with a variety of cards.  This could be used to hold candy or lightweight objects.  It would also look nice being threaded with jute string and filled with small pine cones.

Make A Pretty Floral Arrangement

TUTORIAL: Two Girls Being Crafty

This last idea is for a “floral” arrangement using craft paper.  However, I thought it would be great to use recycled Christmas cards for a fun Christmas arrangement as well. 

Now that you have seen all that you can do with Christmas cards, you can feel good about holding on to them to recycle. You’ll also want to see how to recycle leftover wrapping paper

If you have any other ideas, feel free to share them in the comments below!



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  1. These are some wonderful ideas. The little houses are adorable, and I like the letter gift tags, and the floral arrangement to. Cute!!!

    Thanks for sharing these inspiring ideas.

  2. I love the letter gift tags! Thanks for passing along all these great ideas!

    1. You’re welcome Diane! I’m glad you like the tags!

  3. Great ideas! I like the wreath most…

  4. Thanks for the link:)

    Love the little houses – very cute idea.

  5. Always nice and inspiring crafts.

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