By Susan Hartley
December 26, 2013
Creative Christmas Card Uses
By Holly McElwee
After the holiday season is over, you may have a stack of Christmas cards left at your house. It’s a shame to throw them away, but how can they be used creatively? Here are a few ways you can put those cards to good use.
1. Make tags for next year’s Christmas gifts. I take my stack of cards and look for colorful artwork and beautiful wording. I cut these out using my scrapbooking tools, and then I tuck them away with the gift wrap for next year. These make festive gift tags, and it’s fun to get them out next Christmas to see what caught my eye from the previous year’s cards.
2. Make Christmas ornaments. Teamed with craft supplies like Modge Podge, craft sticks, cardstock, ribbon, and bells, Christmas cards make fun ornaments. Let your creativity run wild to see what you can fashion from your selection of cards. If you want to take it a step further, purchase clear glass ornaments at a local craft store and use these to commemorate the photo Christmas cards. Simply cut out the people and slip their photos inside the ornament. You can keep the ornaments for yourself or pass them along to family and friends. Check a website like Pinterest for hundreds of ornament ideas using Christmas cards. If you have kids, they may like to join in the fun, too.
3. Let the kids have creative fun. Speaking of kids, give them the cards and let them get creative. With scissors and glue they can create an entire collection of art projects. Christmas cards with people on them can be cut out and then arranged in scenes to tell a story. Or, cut the heads off certain characters and paste them onto others. Kids will have a blast turning the Christmas cards into works of art.
4. Make a small scrapbook. If you receive many of the photo Christmas cards that are so popular, turn these into a small scrapbook. Buy a thin paper scrapbook at a local craft store, or make one of your own. Cut out the photos and arrange them in the book. Be sure to write names and dates with the pictures. Kept from year to year, it’s fun to look back at old pictures of family and friends. If you intend to make this a yearly project, then it may be worth the money to invest in a larger scrapbook where you can make annual additions.
5. Use the cards as a prayer journal. If you’re a religious family, keep the cards and use them as a reminder to pray for your family and friends. My family does this by keeping the cards in a basket by the dining room table. Every evening before we say that blessing at mealtime, we draw one card from the basket and pray for that person or family. The collection of cards can be used this way for the entire year until the next Christmas rolls around.
6. Donate to a school or daycare. If you personally don’t want to save the cards, call a local school or daycare. They may be able to use them in their learning activities. Remove any personal information from your collection and then pass them along.
7. Don’t throw them in the trash, recycle! Finally, if you can’t come up with a use for your cards, don’t throw them away. Christmas cards, including the photo ones, are completely recyclable. Put them in your recycling bin along with wrapping paper and cardboard packaging.
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