If you have old holiday cards laying around and don't want to throw them away, why not use them to create these cute paper dresses.
Total Time: 15 minutes
These are adorable! How creative you are! Thanks for sharing!
I love these, adorable. I am going to give them a try!
Approximate Time: 1-2 hours -- longer with young children
By Linn VW from York, PA
Thank you so much! I love it. I can't wait to make them. I bet valentine cards would be cute too!
I remember making this in 5th grade back in 1964. It was fun then and really fun today when I tried it again. A great project for all ages.
I came across a Christmas card that I received earlier this year. I had a notebook that I do my homework and papers on, for my online college. I decided to use my Christmas card to make my notebook more efficient. Now when I open my notebook it is right where I want it to be, on the first new blank page.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes or less
After glue has dried, you can flip it over and glue them to the other side to match or you can leave as is if you don't have enough used cards but then your flip side will not be decorative.
Laminate them with laminate sheets or take them to an office supply store and have them run though laminate machine. This way placemats can be wiped clean and reused again and again.
They make very festive placemats, you can also make coasters to match. With the remaining scraps/cards left from cutting circles, I cut those into small pieces and use as decorative gift box name tags - nothing is wasted!
By Tracey from Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Editor's Note: I'm sorry but Tracey doesn't have a photo of this project. Feel free to post your own creations in the feedback.
Great idea! You can also use clear contac paper instead of laminate. I'm going to make some now! Thanks!
I think this is a good idea! I think what I am going to do is on the flip side I am going to put names of who gave me the card!! For example I have the last card my aunt sent me before she died and I will use this card and cut out where she signed it and put it on the back. This will be good for memories of family members!
When my sister and I were kids, we didn't have a lot of money in our family. We didn't know it and still had a ton of fun! My Mom would save all the old Christmas cards from years before, she had boxfulls! She then would have us cut out the picture on the front for either a gift tag or to glue inside a paper/plastic coffee cup lid or those O.J. can lids, (these lids aren't sharp and are safe for kids) With this, we would add glitter and things to make it look pretty. The inside of the card wasn't wasted. We would cut out the verse and use it as a gift tag or glue to the bottom edge of the lid. Then you add a string or ribbon to the top and hang on the tree. I'll never forget how much fun that was. My Mother is now 80 and ill, so having those happy memories are very important.
By Gayle from Queen Creek, AZ
Gayle, that is what Christmas is all about....family, fun, and making memories! Happy Holidays to you!
Thank you so very, very, much for posting these wonderful little Christmas Card Slippers! I cannot express enough how much I have wanted to locate this pattern! Yes indeed back in the 60's or 70's when I was in school, one of my teachers made these little slippers for us at Christmas time.
One Christmas some years later, when I went to look for mine, after saving it for so many years, and many moves, I could not find it! I was so heartbroken! That little card meant so much to me and became a part of my "melancholic memories." So now, thanks to you, I can "recreate" my little lost slipper, and make a memory for some one else to look back on with the same pleasure and joy as I have! Thank you so much again, warmest wishes, Penny
I always save the Christmas cards we receive and like to send them to someone who can use them for recycling or making other crafts. Does anyone have such a name and address of where to send them? Thank you.
Our church would be happy to receive them-we make cards for a prayer ministry and nursing homes
St John United Methodist Church
12700 West US Highway 42
Prospect, KY 40059
attn: Caring Card Ministry
You can check a local daycare to see if they would like them for crafts. I work in a daycare and we use them for crafts and when the child's parent has a birthday we let them chose the the card they would like to give to their parent and that becomes the front of their card and they make the rest!
If you have any left, I would be happy to receive some. You can email me at:
Triciaminter AT yahoo.com.
I love to craft with them.
I would like to see pictures of things done (for Christmas) out of old Christmas Cards!
Decorations, boxes, tags, bowls, Angels & so on...
melody_yesterday from Sedalia, Missouri
I let my grandchildren cut out the pretty fronts and glue them on poster board or colored construction paper to make Christmas table mattes, everyone enjoys them and each one is unique. You also can cover them with clear contact paper(as I did) to keep for the next year.
What are suggestions for ways to reuse past Christmas cards?
By Ann R.
You could see if you local school or Sunday school or club like Brownies wants them for craft projects.
I've cut off the pretty scene from cards, of all sorts. Then use a hole punch to put a hole thru it, along with a string & use it for a gift tag.
I have member of our church save their Christmas cards for me. I cut them apart making new cards using card stock and invitation size envelopes from an office supply store. I sometimes use the wording inside; either cutting it out and re-gluing or handwriting it. Also, many times there is a miniature size picture on the back cover that I use to make tags.
When I was a kid, my aunt made boxes out of old Christmas cards. She would punch holes along the sides and then crochet them together. The boxes even had a flap for a lid. I am looking for directions/pattern on how to make these.
Nancy from Pittsburgh
I think I found something that will help. http://robynefmelia.blogspot.com/2010/05/hanky-box-for-zoe.html
I'll bet the ones you might be thinking about are the hexagon shaped ones. The sides kind of bulged out. I have been looking for that pattern for years. I used to make them with my grandmother, she actually crocheted them together, using a crochet hook. I saw some for sale at a craft fair, but they would not give me a copy of the pattern. I will keep hunting surely someone has a pattern they are willing to share.
Well, I am still looking for the pattern for those Hexagon shaped boxes. The one that I keep seeing is not the right one. The one I want has curved sides that bulge out and make a box that is rounded on the outside. I know it must be hard to visualize if you have never seen one. I am determined to find a copy of the original one. I might have to try to create my own. I really want to make these for my children this year. They have been asking for years. I can't believe that they are not on the Internet somewhere, but I have searched under every description I can think of. Help!
Here's a great way to use old Christmas cards or those Christmas card samples you get in the mail, or even those Christmas cards you get on clearance after Christmas.
I love to save greeting cards people have sent me over the years. One day, while going through my box of cards, I thought how pretty they were and it was a shame they were packed away in a box.
They can be used for so many things next Christmas: decoupage, wreaths, ornaments, decorations, collage, etc., etc., etc.
How can I turn an old used Christmas card into a newer Christmas card, that is also cheap, creative, fun, and that several people can enjoy?