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Cutting down old Christmas cards into gift tags is a fun recycling project that supplies you with unique tags and saves money. This is a page about reusing Christmas cards as gift tags.


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By 31 found this helpful
January 31, 2011

Save your used gift cards. Cut the fronts of the cards to make lovely gift tags using fancy edged scissors if desired. Punch a hole in the top of the tag, then thread a colored string (crochet cotton works) through. Package them 20 tags to a cellophane bag, tie with a ribbon, and give out to friends as little 'friendship gifts' before Christmas. You can reuse all occasion cards too by making gift tags and bookmarks!

Source: This recycling idea was passed to me by my mother.


By linn from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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December 18, 2009

Here's a way to get use of used Christmas cards again. Talk about great recycling!

Save your cards that are mailed to you year to year. Find all the cute and beautiful cards and cut out the parts you like the best. You can cut anything you want out of the cards and use those as gift tags on your presents. After cutting out the images I like, I might use pinking sheers or scrapbooking scissors or just regular scissors.


Then I sometimes punch a hole with hole punchers and run a ribbon from my decorative display on the package through the hole and tie it on. The flip side will be for the TO and FROM part.

Note in the photo how nice it looks. Sometimes I just tape them on. Endless possibilities and it saves you from having to buy package tags!

By Michele from Marysville, Ohio

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By 1 found this helpful
December 2, 2008

I save Christmas cards (my own and from friends) and cut out any large shapes on the front (nativity scene, angel, snowman, Santa playing soccer or tennis or football, candy canes, reindeer, etc.). I embellish the cut-out with tiny cotton balls (for snow), candy cane (candy), a star for the nativity scene, etc. I punch a hole on the top of the cutout, thread a ribbon through the hole and add a punched shipping tag (on which I've printed the recipient's name).


It's fun trying to match the package/and tags with the person receiving the gift, and everyone looks to see which package belongs to them based on the tags! I also write on the blank tag why I chose the picture tag for that person (in case it connection isn't obvious!).

By Casey from Plano, TX

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January 24, 2017

While putting away Christmas this year and taking down all my Christmas cards. I decided to cut up the cards and make nice large gift tags for my gifts next year. I did this this year and loved it, because I could write a loving note with plenty of room to write it.

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By 0 found this helpful
December 8, 2010

Save your Christmas and Greeting Cards. You can reuse the fronts of the cards by cutting unique gift tag size cards.

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April 28, 20050 found this helpful

Cut the top part of used greeting cards off, then cut this down to whatever size (and shape) you wish, depending on the design. (If it's an angel, just cut her out.) I also like to use hearts or other shapes that perhaps match the occasion for the gift you will use them on.

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September 5, 2018

How do you make gift tags and ornaments from the front of Christmas cards?


September 5, 20180 found this helpful

There are so many ways to do this but all you need to do is Google your question and you will see numerous site with lots of ideas and instructions.


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September 5, 20180 found this helpful

I used to make these all the time with zigzag (pinking schears) scissors, ribbon, and a hole punch. I would cut the focal point I wanted centered into a rectangle I cut with shears. Used a hole punch and string the ribbon thru and they were ready to go.

My friend took it a step further and she found a rubber stamp that said to and from and used red ink to stamp on the back.

These are so much fun to make!! Enjoy!!

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September 5, 20180 found this helpful

You can use a cookie cutter to trace a shape on the part you want to cut out. Punch a hole on the top and put a ribbon tie in the hole.

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September 7, 20180 found this helpful

Gift tags are the easy part and many simple ways to make them but making ornaments (as was in your question) will take time and can be frustrating so if ornaments are still on your list of things to do be sure you try to find an easy one to begin with and then go further if you like the results.

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September 10, 20180 found this helpful

I have a set of the craft scissors with different edges like scalloped, zig zag, etc. and cut around the picture on the card or the verse inside to make tags. Sometimes I will add a Christmas sticker to go along with it.

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October 7, 20180 found this helpful

I am not into tossing out old cards. I remove the fronts and cut the images from the front side.


I tape it to the gift and write the name on it. I have to say it's pretty easy and awesome too. Many different ones to share as well.

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January 31, 20110 found this helpful

Don't throw away last year's Christmas cards. Use the pictures on old cards to cut gift tags for this year. Cut out a star, a tree, a manger, or whatever makes a striking image, then punch a hole in it. Thread through some colored twine, and you've got a great gift-tag for this year's gifts.

By Lucy from Oxford, UK

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July 7, 20100 found this helpful

At the end of the holiday season, I pack away all the holiday cards received that year to use as a Christmas card list guide for the next year and also to reminisce. When I unpack my decorations the next year, I re-read the cards, cutting them at the creases and disassembling them for crafty gift tags for this year's gifts!

Cut out a picture from the holiday card and use a hole punch to thread ribbon through. Then write "To:" and "From" on the back of the gift tag and attach to your package! No more scrounging for sticker tags or pricier cardstock/decorative tags. Not only am I recycling the paper, I'm also saving $ and enjoying last year's Christmas cards all over again. To be even greener, be sure to recycle the scraps of cards that you don't use for the gift tags.

By Kelli from Tulsa, OK


Reuse Christmas Cards as Gift Tags

Good idea :-) As long as nothing is written on the back of the front side they can be cut in half and used as post cards and then use the back side of the other portion as scratch paper :-) (12/13/2009)

By Deeli

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December 18, 20090 found this helpful

Not wanting to throw them away, for years I have recycled them as gift tags on my Christmas gifts. Select the tag from the front of your card and cut the size needed, tape on package or, using hole punch, can be added to handle on bags.

By Marcia from New Sharon, Maine


Make Gift Tags From Christmas Cards

Christmas cookie cutters can be used as templates to cut out the tags. (01/04/2008)

By Marjorie

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December 11, 20090 found this helpful

Reuse Christmas Cards As Gift Tags
Reuse Christmas Cards As Gift Tags
Each year I save our Christmas cards and use them the next year to decorate the Christmas presents instead of buying bows and name tags.

By Betty from NC


Old Holiday Greeting Cards As Gift Tags

This IS a good way to re-use old Christmas cards! Great idea! ...You could also do the same thing with kids birthday cards for birthday gifts!

Another one of my favorite ways to recycle Christmas cards is to Crochet around them to make hanging ornaments for the tree. I just got the idea from here on ThriftyFun from this post from last week: (12/08/2008)

By Cyinda

Old Holiday Greeting Cards As Gift Tags

My daughter and I always enjoy making our own holiday gift tags every year, and they are cherished by the gift recipients. This year I received a gift in November that arrived in a department store gift box with a design of dots in holiday colors. Unfortunately, the gift giver had written on the box so I couldn't re-use it. Instead, I cut it up into gift tag-sized pieces, which my daughter and I are now busy decorating (12/09/2008)

By Lisa

Old Holiday Greeting Cards As Gift Tags

I have made gift tags out of old cards for several years now. I just cut out part of the picture, punch a hole with a hole punch and attach with ribbon. This especially works well since I mostly use (and reuse) gift bags instead of wrapping paper. (12/09/2008)

By Cassie

Reuse Christmas Cards As Gift Tags

My mom has done this since the sixties, and we still all do it. Makes really nice packages. I have noticed that people are not sending Christmas cards as much as they used to- I know I don't- I guess due to higher postage rates and the economy in general. My BIL's neighbors were kind enough to send us their cards after the holidays last year when he told them about our using them for gift tags. What a nice gesture. (01/08/2009)

By Susanna

Reuse Christmas Cards As Gift Tags

This is a fantastic idea! Thank you (01/09/2009)

By kelly

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December 8, 20080 found this helpful

Don't throw out your greetings cards once the holiday season is past.

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December 8, 20080 found this helpful

Don't throw out your greetings cards once the holiday season is past.

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January 4, 20080 found this helpful
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