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Preserving Old Greeting Cards

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Keeping greeting cards and reminiscing about past events and friends is something many of us like to do. This is a guide about preserving old greeting cards.


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December 14, 2011

I like to keep all the Christmas cards I get from year to year. I like to go through them each year and just enjoy them. This is a "recycled" craft. It uses a regular size greeting card box, the kind you get that has lots of different cards in it. This craft also features, my favorite of all things to do crafts with, duct tape. Before you proceed with this craft, make sure that the cards you want to store will fit into the size of box that you have. Now, you may place any cards that you would like to save in this sturdy box to protect them from wear and tear during storage from year to year.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes



  1. Find a Christmas card that you like and take the back page off of it.
  2. Center the colorful Christmas card on the box.
  3. Frame it with duct tape by taping around it with the duct tape like a frame.
  4. Cover the rest of the top of the box with duct tape.
  5. Put the top on the box.

Now you have a pretty card holder box.

By Robyn from Tri-Cities, TN

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April 24, 2008

I've collected all my greeting cards since the 1980's (more than 1000). What should I do with them? I want to keep them.

Angie from Cedar Park

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April 25, 20080 found this helpful

Find places or organizations that could use them for craft projects. Senior citizens centers, day care places, teachers for art projects, Bible class teachers could use the religious ones.

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April 25, 20080 found this helpful

I always take my xmas and other cards. Tear off the front and use it for scrap paper for lists and important things that I need to remember. I also have written recipes on them. I usually throw away the part that has been written on. No one else needs to see what my card said. :))

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April 27, 20080 found this helpful

I craft with groups of kids/families at shelters, church functions, etc. I use the cards alot...I'm always asking people to save them for me. One of the things that everyone enjoys is to make placemats out of them. I cut out the main picture of the cards (sometimes I use the plastic lid off of a coffee can for the template). I also will cut out the wording sometimes. Then fit them all together on contact paper. I cut it out the size I want it, turn it upside down so sticky side is up. Then cover it all with clear contact paper. Have fun with them! Della

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April 27, 20080 found this helpful

I make little books out of greeting cards for my favorite charity Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. I use the thinner cardboard boxes for the covers and 1 inch binder rings to hold them together. I find stickers on sale also use fun pictures from old magazines. I have so much fun doing this. Some are 5x7 some 6 1/2 x4 1/2 and small ones 4 1/2 x 5 1/2.

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April 27, 20080 found this helpful

I have taken old cards and cut around the picture and or verse on the inside. I paste it to a small paper bag. You can get these bags at craft stores in different colors. Use Christmas cards to make a bag for a Christmas gift, use old birthday cards to create a bag for a birthday gift. It is fun and creative to design gift bags with old cards. You can add glitter, ribbons any extras to make it special.

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April 27, 20080 found this helpful

With postage rates going higher and higher it is a struggle to send lots of Christmas cards. Last year I cut the front off of my old Christmas cards and cut them the size of a standard postcard and mailed Christmas-postcards. It didn't save me much but it did save me some, allowing me to send a few more cards than normal.

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May 1, 20080 found this helpful

If there is a pretty scene on the front of the card, I would frame the card and use it as a decoration in my house.

Otherwise, you might take pinking shears and cut out the main design on the front of the card and mat it onto a slightly larger piece of colored paper (card stock, construction paper, etc); Glue design onto colored paper and send as a postcard.

Or you could take several cards, arrange them to your own preference and laminate them with laminating paper to make unusual place mats. Or, if you like, cut circles out of the design and make coasters, by laminating them and trimming to desired size.

This idea could be used to make bookmarks or gift tags as well.

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May 18, 20080 found this helpful

Wow! Love the garland idea! If you scrap book, why not use a few of the beloved cards to decorate the xmas pages? Same for the b-day ones. A lot of bang for the price of Free! I adore that word. I will have to use that garland idea for the kids b-days! I am such a pack rat, I even have 7 years worth of cards sent to my oldest child ( with four kids , you can imagine the stockpile :) Hope this helps!

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June 16, 20080 found this helpful

I would buy several large notebooks and page protectors. Slide the cards into the protectors and you can thumb through the notebooks.You can see both sides if you put one in each protector. This idea is great for all the recipes and hints you take of the computer. I have all my recipes off this site in two notebooks.

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June 30, 20080 found this helpful

Maybe make origami boxes. I received jewelry in the mail and loved the box as much as the jewelry. Check how here-http://www.expe  _origami-box.htm

just make the other piece a tad smaller or bigger.

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January 5, 2013

How do I store unused greeting cards? And received greeting cards.

By CAT from Laurel DE

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September 23, 20130 found this helpful

I keep a 3-ring binder notebook, and have about 100 plastic sheet protectors in them. (You can buy these sheet protectors at Walmart. They are less than $4 for 50 of them). I keep my greeting cards that I want to keep in them. Some cards are small, and they tend to slide out of the sheet protector, so I close some of them up with a plastic paper clip.

I also have another 3-ring binder notebook with sheet protectors in which I keep copies of my favorite magazine. I know you can scan the cards into your computer but it's just not the same as having the actual physical product. I hope this helps.

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August 25, 2008

I am looking for some tips on "archiving" a ton of greeting cards my boss has received. I thought there might be a good suggestion on how to do this by those who scrapbook, which I have never done. Can you help?

Kack from Jefferson City, MO

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August 25, 20080 found this helpful

The minimum would be to affix each one into a scrapbook by putting glue on the back. Be sure to put dates on them and add information so that nobody has to rely on memory to know who was who. Memory always goes. Then if you want to fancy it up, you can glue confetti around them, or before glueing the cards for that matter, but at least get the minimum done. They are important and you are a gem to be willing to do this. Should take about half a day.

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August 25, 20080 found this helpful

You could also try getting a large binder and some clear plastic pages. You can slip the card inside the pages and place in the binder.

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August 26, 20080 found this helpful

How about scanning each card and then placing them in a power point presentation. Add who the cards were from, and a bit about that person to make it more personal. You can add so much to the presentation using music, personal pictures, and your own touch.


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