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37 Outstanding Recycled Christmas and Greeting Card Crafts

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.


I'm going to share with you some of the best Christmas card crafts that I found in my search for crafts using Christmas cards. I think some, or really all, of these are outstanding examples of what the cards can be used for.

All the projects shown here also include the site address that will take you directly to the project. If you find that you have more cards than you think that you'll ever use, consider giving them to a school or church group. You might even give them this site address to help them choose projects for used greeting card crafts.

The instructions for the beautiful Christmas card trees shown above can be found at Better Homes & Gardens.


1. Sparkling Bird Ornaments

Have a grand time making beautiful birds like these for your tree or to give as gifts. Find the pattern and instructions at Kids & Glitter.


2. Christmas Card Note Pads

I really like this idea, especially for keeping notes when shopping for Christmas. Find the directions for this project at Hope Studios.

3. A New Card Plus an Ornament


4. Greeting Card Boxes

Not only are these little boxes used to hold tiny gifts, but they can also be part of an arrangement, attached to a wreath or hung with a ribbon to the tree. Go to The Spruce Crafts for the pattern.


5. Greeting Card Basket

Although this craft has been around for years, it still is so very useful and attractive. The directions can be found at


6. Placemats

A beautiful way to decorate a holiday table. Lots of fun to make. Go to Adventures of Mel to see how they are made.


7. Holly Leaf Wreath

This attractive holly leaf wreath is easily made using Christmas cards and a styrofoam wreath form. Get the instructions at Good Housekeeping.


8. Wood Slice Ornament

This beautiful wood slice ornament is much easier to make than it appears. Find the tutorial at ashley hackshaw.

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9. Christmas Card House Ornaments

This is really a cute recycling idea for using old Christmas cards. The kids would have a great time making their own little Christmas village using this idea too. For the tutorial for making these ornaments, go to S.C.R.A.P.


10. Jar Lid Magnets

You can either print off the images shown, or you can cut images from beautiful greeting cards to make these magnets. Insightful Nana shares the instructions.


11. Christmas Bauble

If the cards you use for this project don't have glitter, consider adding some to this bauble. Find the directions at Activity Village.


12. Holiday Trivet

I love the idea of having holiday trivets. A very useful and attractive addition to your holiday table. Find the instructions at thriftyfun.


13. Christmas Card Ornaments

Find the directions for making these fine ornaments at Kids & Glitter.


14. Gift Pouch

Make this useful little gift pouch following the directions at wikiHow.


15. Greeting Card Puzzle

This is a great classroom or scout troop project. It takes a sharp craft knife to cut between the sticks, so be sure an adult helps with this craft found at Fireflies and Mudpies.


16. Tree Ornament

Use this beautiful tree ornament way to recycle your old Christmas cards.


17. Christmas Doorhanger

Depending on the size of your greeting card, you can make a doorhanger or tree ornaments using the directions that you'll find at Christmas


18. Wine Glass Charms

If you are having a large get together consider making the wine glass charms as inexpensive charms.


19. Flying Chicken Boxes

These flying chicken boxes would make a beautiful addition to a centerpiece.


20. Bookmark Beauty

An outstanding use for used greeting cards. Scribd. will explain how to make these bookmarks..


21. Card Angels

Make a tree full of these little beauties. There are so many unique and colorful Christmas cards to use for this project. The instructions can be found at


22. Christmas Card Cones

Cute little Victorian styled treat holders that can be used for tree decorations. You'll find the directions on the des plaines history site.


23. Button Framed Card Ornaments

You can makes beautiful Christmas tree ornaments by framing old Christmas cards with buttons. Find the instructions for making this craft by going to Creating Memories In Time.


24. Gift Jar Cover

Make the gift jar gifts that you give this year special by adding a Christmas themed jar cover made using old Christmas cards. This is a great idea that cost nothing. Go to S.C.R.A.P to find the tutorial for this project.


25. Christmas Robin Ornament

Simple and beautiful Christmas robin ornaments for your tree or to use as gift tags.


26. Crochet Edged Ornaments

You can make beautiful crochet edged Christmas ornaments from old christmas cards by following the instructions given at Something for (almost) Nothing.


27. Christmas Coasters

So simple and easy to make, but a great way to make those extra coasters that you need for a holiday get-together. The instructions can be found at S.C.R.A. P.


28. Christmas Star

Make this star for the top of your tree. See how it is made by finding the directions at JENNY HARADA .


29. Christmas Rubiks Cube Re-do

For Rubiks cube lovers, this would make a great gift. Use your old Christmas cards to re-do the looks of the cube. Find the instructions at If I Had a Million Hours.


30. Layered Ornament

Be sure to check out all of the used card projects that are found here. There are eighteen projects shown at Better Homes & Gardens.

31. 10 Repurposed Christmas Card Ideas


32. Christmas Card Village

It will be so much fun choosing the cards to make this Christmas village with. Find the tutorial for making these village houses at Outside the box! I think placing a flameless candle inside each house would give the village a particularly Christmasy look.


33. Simply Cut-Outs

You'll find this idea, to just cut out images from the cards, and a whole lot more great ideas on The Art of Simple. Great tips here.


34. Vintage Ornament

Look how beautiful this Christmas card and old cd project is. Find the tutorial at Cottage Hill.


35. Unique Gift Bags

When you look through your old greeting cards you'll think of unique ways to customize your gift bags. A good start is to check out the Garden and Angels site. Imagine using buttons, bits of lace, torn colored or glittery background paper behind the card, to make special bags.


36. Christmas Card Garland

This is another beautiful way to display your old, but beloved, Christmas cards. Find the instructions at Learning 4 Kids.


37. Christmas Card Star

Imagine making and displaying this beautiful star on your mantel this year. Find the tutorial at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

What do you do with old greeting cards? - or leave a comment.

Lori Colbo from United States on December 27, 2019:

Love love love these. Thanks.

anonymous on January 28, 2013:

Yes I save my cards. Have collected a lot over the years. Great ideas thanx.

mommytalks lm on January 09, 2013:

Great lens!! Who knew you could do so much with holiday cards?! I always feel guilty throwing them out. I *have* saved 2 or 3 over the years. I stuck them in cute picture frames and place them on the mantle each year when I decorate. I am bookmarking this so I know what to do next year ;)

purpleslug on December 13, 2012:

Yes! I have a few years worth of cards. Now I have some ideas on their reuse. Thanks for the great lens and ideas.

Sherly_lim on December 12, 2012:

Great post!!!From your post I can know a lot how to use my Christmas card to be a better craftThanks a lot

Scraps2treasures on December 12, 2012:

Excellent ideas! I never know what to do with all the cards but feel bad about throwing them away. I am going to do make of these after Christmas with my kids. Blessed.

scribenet lm on December 11, 2012:

Wow...I love these all. Wish I had old Christmas cards on hand! Excellent lens!

DecoratingMom411 on December 09, 2012:

I love the fact that you are promoting on reusing greeting cards. Recycling is really a great idea!

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