What To Do With Old Greeting Cards

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The party is over, the festivities are finished and it is time to take down all the decorations. But now there is a last job to do. What do you do with any birthday, Christmas or occasion cards that you have received? Lots of greetings cards cannot be recycled due to their plastic coverings or glitter content. So here is a list of craft projects and what to do with old greeting cards once it is time to take them down.

What To Do With Old Greeting Cards

What to do with old greeting cards. Here are some craft ideas & ways to reuse & upcycle all your used Christmas, birthday or other occasion greeting card. How to upcycle old holiday cards that cannot be recycled due to plastic or glitter content. How to store and where to donate old cards. How to let go of old greeting cards. Should you keep your old sentimental family cards. Ways of reusing, crafting and displaying your used greeting cards. Old Christmas card & birthday card upcycling ideas.

If you are anything like us, you may have a large pile of old holiday cards or birthday cards once the occasion is over. But what can you do with these old cards afterwards? Here are some ideas for old birthday cards and greetings cards.

Should You Actually Get Rid Of Your Old Cards?

It can be quite a wrench to throw away old greeting cards, especially if they are full of sentimental value or are from family members or old friends who have passed and are no longer with us.

I certainly keep some of my old greeting cards that mean the most to me. But whether you can do the same does depend if you have the space to store them or a suitable place to do so.

How To Store Old Greeting Cards

If you are considering keeping some of your old cards, I would suggest using a box that is large enough to take the size of the cards. But not too large that you are tempted to keep large numbers of cards. Keep the box in a dry place. You don’t want damp to get to your cards.

You may also want to keep greeting cards in a scrapbook or use a hole punch and thread them together in a book. This means they are kept together and you can flip through them just like you would an old photo album. Scrapbooking birthday cards and other occasion cards into a greeting card keepsake album can be a wonderful way to remember a special event or birthday.

How To Let Go Of Old Greeting Cards

But it is also good for us to remove clutter from our lives. It is a fine line between being sentimental and amassing clutter. Hoarding greeting cards can be a problem. So as with everything I would suggest that you have a good clear out and declutter of your card box every once in a while. 

Maybe consider limiting your card collection to one sentimental card per person? And feel better about reusing or donating the other cards.

But now we are back to the original question. What can you do with your old cards?

How To Donate Them For Recycling

If they are suitable, you can donate cards. Many shops and stores have greeting card donation bins just for cards, especially after the holidays. You just need to google where to donate unused christmas cards and birthday cards near you.

However, lots of cards cannot go to the recycling bin. They may have plastic coverings or glitter decorations. And these cards will just end up in landfill unless we reuse and upcycle them. And so what can we use them for?

Crafts For Used Greeting Cards

There are a lot of craft ideas when thinking of what to do with old birthday and Christmas cards. And here are some of my favourite craft and art projects with old greeting cards and old holiday cards.

 

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Gift Tags

This trick is as old as anything. You can use pinking shears and a hole punch to make tags for next years presents from your old cards. Just be sure to get a clean surface on the reverse of your new tag.

I actually like to use my Sissix Cutting machine with a tag shaped die – this makes really professional looking tags. Add a ribbon, string or twine, or just stick like a flap to your gift wrap when wrapping presents. 

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See this post from Drugstore Divas for more ways to make your tags.

Frame Them

If you love the cards and they don’t have a greeting message on the front, then why not frame them as you would any other photo that you love? I have several old cards in picture frames on my wall, and they make great mementos.

Turn Them Into Jigsaws

This is a brilliant idea that was given to me by Emma at ReadyFreddieGo . Stick the card front to some card, or just glue to front and back layers of the card together. Then snip away to create a fun free jigsaw! Children will love making these for each other!

See my instagram tutorial here.

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Use Them To Make New Cards

 This is another idea I have been doing for years. Do you make your own Christmas cards or birthday cards using card stock? Then why not use some of the embellishments and pictures from your old cards? 

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Snowman Greeting Cards

Don’t want to throw too many of the card backs away? A lot of card crafts use just the front designs of the Christmas card, but this craft idea from In The Playroom uses the backs too. Even less waste!

Upcycled Greeting Cards - Snowmen cards from InThePlayroom
Photo Courtesy of In The Playroom

Hole Punch Greeting Cards

A couple of years ago Elizabeth and I made these Hole Punch Confetti cards using dried leaves. However, you could also upcycle old greeting cards to make the confetti circles to decorate the cards.

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Find the tutorial here – it is such an easy child friendly craft idea for making cards.

Bookmarks

Next in my ideas for old greeting cards is to make them into bookmarks. Just like you made the gift tags, you can make longer cards easily into bookmarks by punching a small hole in a long rectangular piece of card and adding a ribbon.

Card Bowls And Boxes

This craft is known as celluloid craft and is one of my favourite ways to repurpose old greeting cards. My aunt used to have one of these bowls when I was younger, so I recently decided to upcycle some of my own used Christmas cards to make a bowl. Find the pattern here

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However, this pattern is not just for old Christmas cards. I think it would look wonderful in black and white postcards. And it is incredibly easy to recreate.

Card Garland

I love this idea for making cheap and effective garlands for Christmas or parties. Just cut circles of cards, stick two circle together backloads to back and then sew over the cards through the centre to create a garland as long as you need. Find out more here.

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Not able to sew? There is also an easy no sew variation of this, where you just cut the circles and stick them together over the garland string or twine. Wait to set before hanging as before.

Card Bunting

In a similar vein is this simple card bunting, that is particularly useful for birthday celebrations. You can make this in a traditional triangular bunting shape, or just utilise the natural shape of the cards to quickly create practically free party decor. Find my tutorial here

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Mini Christmas Tree Decoration

You can use progressively larger circles of card to make a cute Christmas tree –see this tutorial for how to make one.

Card Boxes

Making boxes out of cards can be done in several ways. You can easily make a small flattened box for smaller gifts such as jewellery. See my simple tutorial

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But there are also some wonderful tutorials for how to make a small lidded box from your old cards too.

See this tutorial from The Spruce Crafts

Card Angels

Angels are pretty synonymous with the festive season. But I do think that these card angels are beautiful all year around. Plus, they are very simple to make, so this is a great craft idea for if you have children. They can be made using paper too!

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Find out how to make them here.

Card Wreath

Another simple craft idea is to glue circles of old greeting cards together to make a wreath. 

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Christmas Tree Decoration – Globe Ornament

Just like the card basket/bowl, these globe ornaments using old Christmas cards were very popular when I was small. See how to make them here

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Christmas Tree Decoration – Sphere Ornaments

Similarly, you can use less circles to make another type of Christmas decoration – find how here

Christmas Tree Decoration – Mason Jar Lid

Finally, why not upcycle some mason jar lids at the same time as your old greetings cards to make these cute jar lid Christmas tree ornaments? This post from Down Redbud Drive will show you how.

Mason Jar Lid Christmas Tree Ornament
Photo courtesy of Down Redbud Drive

 

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5 Replies to “What To Do With Old Greeting Cards”

  1. Lisa | Handmade in Israel says:

    Some lovely ideas here! I love the hole punch wreath! I have kept all my boys’ birthday cards in boxes but love the using a hole punch and threading them together in a book!

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