Recycle Christmas Cards Fronts Onto New Cards

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. If you are like me, then you get those sample card fronts with the beautiful pictures asking you to buy the design. They can be expensive and I hate to throw those beautiful cards away.



  • old Christmas cards
  • cardstock, or blank greeting cards
  • glue
  • decorative scissors
  • ribbon or other embellishments


Take your Christmas card and cut off the greeting part of the card so that you are left with the picture part of the card. Cut along the edges of this part with decorative scissors.

Next, take your blank cardstock and fold in half to make a card (if you are using a blank greeting card, just find the front of the card). Take your decoratively cut Christmas card front and glue to the front of your blank card. You have a great recycled Christmas card!

If you are using Christmas cards you bought on a clearance sale, there is no need to do all the cutting and what have you, just simply take a blank sheet of colored paper, or cardstock and cut to fit the inside of your card, and you have a new greeting card to use any time of they year.


I try to find cards that do not have a holiday motif with the picture on the front (which is sometimes hard to do). I found some recently with gnomes on them and had no Christmas motif to them at all. I give them for birthdays, or other special occasions.

January 3, 20081 found this helpful

Any other ideas of how the card fronts could be used, in addition to being made into new cards?

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January 5, 20081 found this helpful

Old fronts can be made into baskets. This website shows you instructions on how to do it!

My grandmother has one of these baskets that she made in her homemakers club in the 60's and it still looks good. She uses hers to put her Christmas cards that she receives in. You can really use it for anything and with a little creativity, you can add embellishments and other types of yarn to make it look pretty.

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January 5, 20081 found this helpful

or make a mini box out of the old cards. See link.

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