Recycle Christmas Cards

Recycle your Christmas cards to make a mini Christmas tree

Ok, I admit it, I’m a bit of a hoarder, especially when it comes to anything with a bit of sentiment. Which is why I’m absolutely rubbish at throwing things out, especially Christmas cards.

In the past, I used to cut them up into gift tags, but now my daughters’ school has started to turn their artwork into cards and gift tags so I tend to have an excess of gift tags.

So, I searched the internet and saw this great little Christmas decoration.

It’s so simple and a great way of keeping your cards year on year. These are all the cards from 2014, most of them are from our childrens’ friends!

We cut about 20 cards of each size, 3.5 inches square down to 1 inch square. Then I using embroidery thread (simply for thickness) to thread each card on top of each other. The tricky bit was the star but by wrapping the thread around it stayed upright.

I think we’ve started a new family tradition!

Let me know if you do it too.

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  • January 2, 2015 - 22:53

    Sally - Aw, so pretty – love it xReplyCancel

    • January 14, 2015 - 13:46

      Lizz Riley - Let me know if you did it Sally. I’m sure your kids will love it for next year.ReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2015 - 14:01

    Anwell - Wow! This is definitely fantastic way to recreate new things out of Christmas Cards…

    Nice photography shot as well! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • January 14, 2015 - 13:45

      Lizz Riley - Ah, thanks Anwell. Our kids are used to being our little models!ReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2015 - 14:51

    Lisa Gee - What a lovely idea!ReplyCancel

    • January 14, 2015 - 13:45

      Lizz Riley - Thanks Lisa, It’s certainly great to spend an hour or two on. And kids get so many cards from school I hate seeing all the waste.ReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2015 - 16:00

    Una Doyle - Very pretty – unfortunately mine are already all in the recycling!

    To be honest, I probably don’t have the patience as though I’m creative it’s not in a ‘crafty’ way… I’ll bear this in mind for my friends though. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • January 14, 2015 - 13:44

      Lizz Riley - Yep, send it to friends with kids. Though probably later this year as most are in the bin by now!ReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2015 - 16:35

    Stephanie Nissen - I am loving this idea! My Christmas cards wind up in a box or in the recycling after the season is over. With this I can keep them all in a fun and decorative way to pull them out each year. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

    • January 14, 2015 - 13:44

      Lizz Riley - That’s definitely something we intend to do Stephanie.ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2015 - 08:34

    Sandy - Wow very nice Lizz. For some reason I was half expecting to see a 2D christmas tree on the wall haha! Was pleasantly surprised to see such a beautiful final product! Combining professional shots, truly awesome! And btw, I find it sweet to learn that people still practice sending physical greeting cards nowadays. Warm and nice! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • January 14, 2015 - 13:44

      Lizz Riley - Ah yes, I love Christmas cards. Though most of ours come from our daughter’s friends at school.ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2015 - 23:21

    Edward Thorpe - Great idea and great pictures. My wife also reuses Xmas cars. Well, she doesn’t resend them, but uses them for tags and decorations.

    For about 10 years my sister and I resend each other the same card, year after year. Dumb, but kinda cool.

  • January 8, 2015 - 00:18

    Joy Healey - Hi Liz

    That’s a lovely idea.

    A friend just recycled the card I gave her by bringing it back to me – I forgot to sign it!! We had a laugh, what else can you do?

    Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year, JoyReplyCancel

    • January 14, 2015 - 13:42

      Lizz Riley - Ha Ha, I think you know what card you’re giving her next year!!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2015 - 11:28

    Rohit Gaikwad - Nice creation!!!Great to see Christmas tree from Greeting Card.ReplyCancel

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