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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What do you do with all those Christmas cards?

Are you starting to take down your Christmas decorations, or have you already packed everything up? If you're like me, you're just starting the process and wondering what to pack away for next year and what to donate...Brooke from DinkypopsNoMore shared these great ideas with me for putting all the Christmas cards we receive each year to use! I love these ideas and I think you will too.

The majority of Christmas cards we receive each year are still the traditional cards, even though more and more of our friends are sending family photo cards or even super eco-friendly eCards.

Now that the holiday is over, the big question is “What do you do with all of your cards?” Here are a few things that I like to do with mine.

1. Frame a holiday picture. Receive a card that has a great wintry scene? Or receive a card from someone special that you want to display each Christmas? Save the card, place it in a frame, and use it as a Christmas decoration for next year. (Now is the perfect time to pick up holiday picture frames at a discount!)

2. Make Christmas tags. I remember the first year that I went to my future in-laws for Christmas. All of the tags on the presents were so unique! What was the secret? They simply saved Christmas cards they received from the previous year, cut-out items from the cards (wreath, snowman, Santa face), and used them as name tags for the presents. You can use decorative hole punches or scissors for a little extra flair.

3. Send your cards to charity. Tear off the fronts of the cards and send them to the children at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. They use them for craft projects throughout the year (you can do this with any greeting card). Then simply recycle the backs of the cards at your local recycling center.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

Card Recycling Program

100 St. Jude’s Street

P.O Box 985

Boulder City, NV 89005-0985

4. Put them in a photo album. For all the family photo cards we receive, I love to place them in a special Christmas card photo album (or photo box). Year after year, I place friends’ and families’ pictures over the previous year’s pictures. I love to see how much a family has changed in the past year.

What creative ways do you reuse Christmas cards? Brooke blogs about going from dual income, no kids to life with her adorable daughter at DinkypopsNoMore. I love reading about what she's up to, what's inspiring her, and admiring the beautiful photos on her blog!

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Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

I did NOT know that about St. Judes! So good to know. Great ideas!

Marva said...

Thanks Steph! I love the St. Jude's idea!


Mel said...

Steph I have sent mine to St. Judes for years. It is awesome!!

Anonymous said...

I am definetly going to use them as gift tags next year! That is a great idea!

Kameron said...

Those are great ideas! I was just about to take down the cards and I hate to just throw them away. :o)

Nicole said...

I have a tiny twist on the Tags idea. I have been doing this for years, but my special touch is to use the cards to give BACK to the original giver. I save them for my daughers homemade gifts. :)