Over the years we receive many greeting cards, but storing them all in a box can get out of hand. This is a guide about uses for old greeting cards.
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Keep birthday, Christmas and get well cards and use them as postcards. Just cut them apart and then draw a line to separate the message from the name and address. You save money not having to buy cards and the postage is cheaper on postcard. They can be quite pretty and its a good way to reuse the cards.
You can also cut last year's Christmas cards and put a hole in them and a ribbon and hang from your Christmas tree.
By Dwedenoja from New Creek, WV
My father passed away recently and we were getting cards from all over and from people that my brother and I weren't familar with. Instead of trying to keep envelope with the card, I just tore off the return address and taped it to the back of the card.
When I'm sending acknowledgements and thank you notes, I know exactly who and where to send it to. It gives me a bit of inspiration when writing the note because i have the card right with the address. Much later, when looking through the cards, I'll also have an idea of who the card came from instead of trying to figure out who 'Jean" is.
By lkaserman from Adelphi Maryland
Don't throw away all the pretty Christmas cards you get away. There are so many things you can do with them. Everyone knows you can make postcards and name tags for gifts with them, but you can also cut out the design you might want to use when you scrapbook. Scrapbooking is a fun thing to do with them. You can also decoupage with them. You can use cards from birthdays, Valentine's Day, Easter, etc. to do your crafts with and not have to buy the pretty designs. I also decoupage my soap with the designs I have cut from the cards. There are so many things you can do with the pretty cards you have received. Have fun!
By dwedenoja from New Creek, WV
Recarding should be the wave of the future. I save all my old greeting cards and even ask others to donate to me. By cutting certain words, pictures, trim, and colored parts of the cards you are able to recard or recreate a new card.
I use paint card samples from the hardware store that are being thrown out. These bright colored card backgrounds support the scrapbooking design papers or scraps from magazines or the computer. They actually look professional and no one will even know that you recarded. I keep glitter, buttons, ribbons, and stickers handy to embellish the new cards.
Making envelopes is easy too. I measure the card and reuse the back pages from hardback books as the envelopes. Old wallpaper or scraps of cloth are sometimes used too.
By Louella from Billings, MT
I grew up with my mother recycling things out of necessity. Now, many years later, it is not only out of necessity to save money, but also to help the environment. I collect up old greeting cards (birthday and Christmas) and make lovely bookmarks to give out to friends at Christmas time. They make a special extra touch when giving a book to someone as well. This craft is a great recycling project for children too, by teaching them not to throw their birthday cards away. No need to buy a bookmark anymore.
By linn.2009 from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Any card you receive, that has not been written on the back of the front side, can be reused. It can be turned into a postcard or or used as a note stuck on a gift or in a gift bag!
Here is another use for cards you especially like, and want to keep. Group similar ones together and make a picture!
By julrobs from North Augusta, SC
Create a Christmas trivet from an inexpensive tile and a recycled Christmas card or wrapping paper. It can be displayed on an easel when not in use. Makes a great Christmas gift along with an inexpensive easel!
Editor's Note: This project was received too late for Christmas, but we decided to publish it anyway as you could modify it's seasonality by the type of card or wrapping paper you use.
By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC
I am often without wrapping paper for a special occasion. I also keep a box full of cards that I have received, rather than pitch them. When a holiday comes around, it is fun to take a paper bag or white construction paper and use pictures from old cards, pasting them on, in any design needed. An animal here, a child there, tree, etc. You can tie it with string and add any item, like a piece of jewelry, a domino, or a paper clip to brighten it up.
For cards, you can do the same thing, and if creative, write your own personal verse or sketch. You can also use parts of photographs to make them more personal, especially if you have duplicates.
By Christine from Dayton, OH
Re-use Christmas and Hanukkah cards for recipe cards to include with a holiday food gift.
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
I use old greeting cards and scratched cds to make beautiful coasters. You make a template from a piece of acetate and place this so the part of the card you want to use is central. Cut out using scissors or craft knife then glue the picture to the cd. Cover in contact film and then glue felt circles on back.
You can also use family pictures or a themed topic such as animals/cars, etc., depending on who the gift is for. Make into sets for 4, 6 or 8 and give as a present.
If you end up with a card without an envelope for a birthday or anniversary, you can cut the card with scalloped craft scissors. Cut the front of the card out and the message from inside the card. Embellish a gift bag with the card and message.
By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO
I cut and save the fronts of all of my received greeting cards. These are great for scrapbooking. I use my scissors to cut flowers words, scenes, tiny birds, holiday scenes, etc. It saves so much money.
A really cool thing is my local thrift shop sells bundles of old greeting cards for 75 cents! Some of these old cards have beautiful prints and illustrations. These can also be used to make new cards to send.
By Joynchocolate from Landisville, PA
Save your Christmas cards for gifts for next year. Use craft scissors for unique designs to cut out pictures on Christmas cards and glue thin magnets on the back. Label the cards with the name of who gave it to you that year and give fridge magnet to that person the following year as a gift. I got one this year from my sister-in-law and thought it was a very thoughtful gift. Also you can glue or decoupage picture from cards on a wooden plaque. perhaps from old wood cut from your own land, makes it extra special.
Source: my sister-in-law.
By Diana L. A. from Highland, MI
I save photo Christmas cards and birth announcements through the year, then collage and frame them in one big poster frame. They decorate the kid's playroom. This way, I don't have to toss the photos, and I can see how the families have changed from year to year. Plus, it's a great way to have lots of colorful images up for the kids' wall!
By Erin from Blue Bell, PA
Here's a great, inexpensive gift idea to keep youngsters entertained. Create cute sewing cards that are super easy to make. You can use the fronts of old greeting cards or glue calendar pictures to cardboard. Kids can sew lengths of ribbon or yarn through holes punched in the cards.
Approximate Time: Less than 30 minutes to make several
Kids can "sew" ribbon through holes in card and then ties ends into a bow.
This is a no-cost project that will occupy your kids for a while.
Approximate Time: 5 - 10 minutes each
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
It 's not too early to be thinking about Christmas. This year, send postcards or letters instead of Christmas cards. You can even cut your old Christmas cards, from last year, in half and send the pretty side as a postcard. You're being "earth friendly" by keeping new cards out of the garbage dumps. If you send postcards, whether purchased or homemade, remember they require less postage than a regular card! Old Christmas cards make great gift tags too!
If you're like me, you hate to throw out pretty wrapping paper. I use it as many times as I can to wrap gifts. I also save the fronts from old greeting cards. Here's a few ideas to re-use them:
Cover tissue boxes with old wrapping paper, and use the boxes as catch-alls. Cut out the pictures from the cards and hang with a ribbon as holiday decorations. Use the fronts of old cards as postcards. Cut out the flowers or objects from wrapping paper and cards to decorate a scrapbook with. Cover the outside of a sturdy cardboard box with wrapping paper, with the top flaps cut off. Use the box to fill as a "gift box" instead of a "gift basket". Send the card fronts to St.
Jude's Ranch for children, where they make the cards into new cards. Cut out the shapes and pictures from old greeting cards, and then cut-and-paste them onto sturdy paper with a child; make an entire scene. You are limited only by your imagination! Have fun!
Ness - Lakeview, NY
I never could figure out what to do with the "In Memory Of" cards I had collected from friends and relatives that have died.
I now use them in my cookbooks to mark my most used recipes. I think about and pray for that person when cooking.
My Aunt Winnie loved chocolate, so she marks my favorite hot fudge recipe!
By Diane P.
Give the gift of love, "cards to recycle", to friends and they will definitely remember your card!
Cut two equal size horizontal slits about 1/8" apart in the card where you would normally sign your name. On a separate slip of paper sign your name and slip it in the horizontal slits.
Use your imagination for other messages on the card! I have been sending and receiving the same card back for years with new messages; it's something to look forward to!
By Ms. Syd Barr - Dunkirk, MD
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Here are questions related to Uses for Old Greeting Cards.
Does anyone have any ideas for using used greeting cards for craft projects?
By Deanna A. 08/21/2013
I took some vintage post cards and found scrapbooking paper that they looked good with. Then I put them in old picture frames that I bought from thrift stores, yard sales, etc. They are now hanging on the wall going up the stair case in my house. Makes for interesting wall art, and you can always change them out easily for different seasons or holidays.
Does anyone have any ideas about what to do with old birthday cards, mother's day cards, etc.? I get them every year and I hate to throw them out. I try to hold on to the more meaningful ones but I still hate to throw out the others. Thanks for your help.
Kathleen from West Hartford, CT
By julia (Guest Post)09/12/2008
love the ideals so far
Take a card and matte it and frame it. this is nice way to save it and use it I did one up from a post card for parents anny. old post card with the year they were married on it and framed it. They loved it. When you frame your cards you can bring them out at the time of season, and then put them away later.This way you get to see them and you can smile and remember.
Any suggestions for recycling old birthday and greeting cards?
monnat96 from Pingree Grove, IL
You could use them to decoupage a box and make a cute trinket box.
Any suggestions for recycling old birthday and greeting cards?
monnat96 from Pingree Grove, IL
By Margeth (Guest Post)01/19/2008
I have used old Christmas cards for years as gift tags. cut out picture on front of card, punch hole in corner, tie skinny ribbon thru hole about 2 inches long to tie to package. Write to and from on back. Everyone likes them because they are large enough to read easily.
How do you make waste baskets out of greeting cards?
Beth from Riverview, Michigan
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I am looking for something to do with the greeting cards I received when my mom died. Do any of you have any ideas? I would appreciate any help that you could give.
Thyme In Gods Garden from Perkins, OK
By Mr. Thrifty
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Save old greeting cards to use in scrapbooking, either for the poem or for the heading of a page.