Sending Christmas cards to your loved ones is a time honored tradition. But just what do you do with all of those cards that you get year after year? Here are five fun holiday crafting ideas that use holiday and Christmas greeting cards.
New Christmas or Holiday Cards
It’s easy to take those old Christmas cards and turn them into new ones. Using scissors, cut the cards into two pieces, separating the front from the back. Cut a heavy weight construction paper, or parchment paper, so that it is the same size as the top of the card. Line the two pieces up, and using a hole punch, punch two to three holes down the side of the card. Using colored yarn or ribbon, tie the two pieces together. You can easily write your own holiday message in the new card, or simply have the family sign it.
Decorate Gift Boxes
Another holiday craft using Christmas or Holiday greeting cards is to decorate your gift boxes. This is a unique way to plain boxes rather than using wrapping paper. Again you will cut the front piece of the card from the back piece. Using all purpose glue, glue the holiday cards to your box. You can cut the cards in any desired shape, or even use scissors with decorative edges to add an even more unique touch to your package.
Make Gift Tags for Your Presents
Making gift tags for your Christmas presents is a great way to add a personal touch to your package, and re-use those Christmas cards. You can either use the entire top piece of the card, or cut the card into desired shapers around any pictures or phrases that may be on the card. You can either tape the gift tag to your present, or you can punch a hole into the card and secure it to the package with a piece of ribbon.
Christmas Tree Ornaments
Making Christmas tree ornaments from your old greeting cards is not only a fun Christmas craft, but your family will also enjoy seeing their holiday cards adorning your tree when they come to visit. Using straight or decorative edge scissors, cut the top half of your card into the desired shape. Punch a hole in the top of the card and string a piece of ribbon or yarn through the hole. You can then use the ribbon to hang your Christmas card ornament on your Christmas tree. To make your ornament more sturdy, cut a piece of heavy weight felt to match the shape of your card. Using an all purpose glue, secure the felt to the back of your card.
Christmas Card Garland
Christmas card garland is another fun holiday craft using Christmas cards that the whole family can enjoy. To make your Christmas card garland, you will need a piece of plain tree garland of your choice. This Christmas craft is a great way to use both old and new cards and can be added to year after year. To make the garland, simply punch a hole into the corner of your greeting card. Using a piece of yarn or ribbon, tie the card onto your length of tree garland. This is an especially fun Christmas craft for children, because they enjoy hanging the cards every time one is received in the mail.
With so many different Christmas crafts using Christmas cards to choose from, you no longer have to worry about where your going to store all those old Christmas cards! The crafts are fun no matter what your age, and are sure to be a big hit for everyone.