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Recycling Christmas Cards

  • Comments: 27
  • Posted on: December 11th, 2008

Now, I don’t mean to resend used Christmas cards to my friends – although sometimes I’m very tempted!

Here is a simple craft you and/or your children can do and the result is a treasure you will use over and over every year.

These darling little ‘card boxes’ could be filled with ‘wishes’ or with gifts. Picture an advent calendar type application, perhaps with a tiny toy inside or a candy – you or your child can open one a day. You could reuse them every year, make them for friends, give them as Christmas ornaments or simply as a gift box to hold a tiny present.

Supplies:

Save your cards – even birthday cards work – or last year’s calendar photos. For this lesson I will assume you are using a regular size Christmas card.

Metal or wooden ruler.

Scissors.

Pen or pencil.

Ornament Hangars, paper clips or even ribbon, thread or string.

Directions:

Cut card in half to use one for the box top and one for the box bottom. I use a strong metal ruler to ‘rip’ the card in half quickly. Kids will need to use scissors.

On back side of the ‘box top’ card, draw a line from corner to corner then line up your ruler vertically at the edge and draw a line on each side. The top and bottom lines intersect the other lines and are 1/2 inch wider than the side lines – to look like this:

Cut along line at 4 corners to where lines intersect:

Place ruler along top – a ruler width plus 1/2 inch – and fold card, creasing sharply. On center section fold over the 1/2 inch, creasing sharply. Repeat on other end:


Now, fold sides, creasing sharply:

Your box top is ready to fold together:

Make box bottom exactly the same (I usually trim 1/4 inch off the card on two sides to make it just slightly smaller so it will fit inside the top). You may put the writing side of the card out so you can see who sent you the card or put the back side out if it’s interesting! Also, it might be a good idea to glue the end flaps down if the box will be opened regularly. (TIP: Everyone is going to want to see how you made it – and to copy your pattern – so make one box to give as a pattern).

Use a sharp object (adults only) to pierce two small holes in corner to put ornament hanger, ribbon, string or paper clip through. Put box bottom and top together – hang it from your tree! Fill it with goodies! Give it to a friend! Feel good about recycling your special cards to treasure for years!

I think you will be amazed at how lovely the card boxes turn out – especially when made from Christmas cards – the pictures just seem to fit so perfectly.

Enjoy :)

27 Comments! What do you think? Leave a comment below...
  1. CJ Harley said on December 12th, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Hey! That’s a really good idea! I’ll have to pass that along to my scrapbooking friends because I am sure they will love it!

    CJ Harley’s last blog post..First On Mars

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  2. Monica said on December 12th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Wooh! Someone is being creative here. I’ll get the kids to bring out all old cards and do some arts & craft. Thanks for the inspiration. Mon

    Monica’s last blog post..Nothing to show for debt

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  3. sebo said on December 13th, 2008 at 1:59 am

    thans for sharing

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  4. Hannah said on December 18th, 2008 at 5:40 am

    The other option is to do it into a square then you can fold it and just cut rather than measuring if you are like me and am constantly losing my rulers!

    Hannah’s last blog post..Oklahoma Supercell

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  5. Rachel said on October 1st, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    You solved two problems at once! I compulsive keep Christmas cards from family and friends, and I like for each of my Christmas ornaments to be individually wrapped in their own boxes to be stored in a tote at the end of the season. If ornaments don’t come in a box, I have to try to find ones that will work. As soon as I read this, I grabbed a birthday card to try it out, and I will have my ornaments in these at the end of this holiday season. It’s perfect!

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  6. bonanzle said on October 27th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    DIY: Recycling Christmas Cards http://su.pr/2Vyprc

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  7. HeatherinBC said on December 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    @MommaDJane You and @AskWifey might like this project to do w/kids: http://bit.ly/4oADtf

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  8. HeatherinBC said on December 16th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Recycle Christmas cards into this great project – even kids can do! http://bit.ly/4oADtf @blm03 @conniefoggles – YES I am CRAFTY!

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  9. Mrs. Lisa and Bert said on January 14th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    OMG, I absolutely LOVE this idea, Heather!!! RT @heatherinbc Recycling Christmas Cards http://bit.ly/4RcD45

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  10. sugarraindrops said on December 8th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    RT @PeetyDraws: Wow, really creative! RT @Artfire How to Make Gift Boxes out of Old Christmas Cards! http://cot.ag/gmN3du

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  11. Nell Patterson said on December 8th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    RT @PeetyDraws: Wow, really creative! RT @Artfire How to Make Gift Boxes out of Old Christmas Cards! http://cot.ag/gmN3du

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  12. AKAScraps said on December 8th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    RT @Artfire: How to Make Gift Boxes out of Old Christmas Cards! http://cot.ag/gmN3du

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  13. NYRP said on December 8th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Don’t throw away those holiday cards just yet! @heatherinbc gives us great ideas on how stay green this holiday season. http://bit.ly/ZZGGl

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  14. Twelve Angle Art said on December 8th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Great #diy tutorial just in time for #christmas. RT @artfire: How to Make Gift Boxes out of Old Christmas Cards! http://cot.ag/gmN3du

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  15. Zoe said on December 8th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    How to Make Gift Boxes out of Old Christmas Cards http://cot.ag/gmN3du RT @Artfire

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  16. Hannah Stephenson said on December 8th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    RT @woodwardsmile: How to Make Gift Boxes out of Old Christmas Cards http://cot.ag/gmN3du RT @Artfire

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  17. My Frugal Father said on December 8th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    RT @Artfire: How to Make Gift Boxes out of Old Christmas Cards! http://cot.ag/gmN3du

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  18. Marilyn Southmayd said on December 8th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    RT @Artfire: How to Make Gift Boxes out of Old Christmas Cards! http://cot.ag/gmN3du

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  19. Amy Ely said on December 16th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Cute idea!! RT @heatherinbc Recycling Christmas Cards http://bit.ly/4RcD45

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  20. Trisha Lyn Fawver said on December 16th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    This is an AWESOME way to put your old Christmas cards to use! http://bit.ly/dSuBCY thanks @heatherinbc

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  21. Trisha (GSG) said on December 16th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    This is an AWESOME way to put your old Christmas cards to use! http://bit.ly/dSuBCY thanks @heatherinbc

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  22. Jennifer Lowder said on December 16th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Love it! RT @TrishaLyn: This is an AWESOME way to put your old Christmas cards to use! http://bit.ly/dSuBCY thanks @heatherinbc

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  23. Adam Riemer said on December 16th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    RT @TrishaLyn: This is an AWESOME way to put your old Christmas cards to use! http://bit.ly/dSuBCY thanks @heatherinbc

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  24. Heather said on December 17th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    I was trying to decide what to do with the stack of last year's Christmas cards I have. @HeatherinBC has my answer – http://bit.ly/fPR3AY

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  25. Char Polanosky said on December 17th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    RT @TrishaLyn: This is an AWESOME way to put your old Christmas cards to use! http://bit.ly/dSuBCY thanks @heatherinbc

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  26. Kim Woodbridge said on December 17th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    RT @TrishaLyn: This is an AWESOME way to put your old Christmas cards to use! http://bit.ly/dSuBCY thanks @heatherinbc via@charpolanosky

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  27. dorothywyn said on October 12th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Recycling Christmas Cards http://t.co/brXsJpXn

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