• Upcycle Your Holiday Cards

    Upcycle Holiday Card Ideas - The Mummy Toolbox

    Hello, My Name is Charlotte and I am a hoarder! 

    Ok maybe I am not that bad but I hate throwing cards away – birthday, Christmas or otherwise! after all of the time and money  people spent thinking, writing and sending them to me I can’t face just chucking them!

    So with that in mind I thought I would share some of the ways you don’t have to throw them away and turn them into useful and pretty projects worthy of the time and attention that went in!

    Holiday Keepsake ornament

    I found this great idea on Scoutie girl but is originally by Nicole from Lillyella and it’s an excellent (and frugal) way to decorate next years tree! (or even your house near easter/birthdays!). Go and checkout the fantastic tutorial and you can make ornaments that look store bought!

    Lovely Placemats for a family keepsake

    In school when I was younger you created artwork at school and in some cases they would then offer to turn it into all sorts of things such as; teatowls, aprons and placemats which is where I got the idea of creating a mashup and laminating old cards into keepsake placemats that are inexpensive and perfect for different times of the year. You could create a set of the same or you could have personal mats with the message on the reverse side! (These would make excellent stocking gifts for next year!) Junk Mail Gems can show you how to do it!

    Scrapbook Backgrounds

    I like to use my cards in my scrapbook, my favourite ones or ones with special additions always make it in, I try to use the leftovers as best I can and I wrote about it in my “Easy Scrapbook Background Ideas” post where I showed some of my inspiration for my favorite pages!

    Christmas Card Puzzles

    You know I am a sucker for anything frugal that keeps the toddler entertained and this idea from Motherhood on a dime ticks both of those boxes! Her tutorial shows how to create puzzles out of cards so that you can pop them in the bags to keep them quiet for a few precious moments! (I bet these would be great at a restaurant!) Make them easier or harder by cutting them into fewer or more pieces!


    I am an avid reader, I am forever picking a book up and down and I used to dogear the pages (much to everyone’s chagrin!) So now I use my old cards as bookmarks. You can trim off your favourite pattern or even do something more structured like The Crafty Mummy!

    Christmas card notepads

    If you are like me you will take notes all day every day (and as a blogger you never know where inspiration might strike so you should always have a notepad handy) Hope Studios has a great tutorial for turning your leftover holiday cards into mini notepads! Which is perfect for the handbag or shopping!

    Gift Tags

    I got this idea from Milo Made who is extra organised and makes gift tags for holidays and presents. Go check out the post and there is a fab design you can use! This is such a great way to save money and be frugal and see your beautiful birthday or winter cards go to use.

    Upcycle Holiday Card Ideas

    Photo credit: decor8 via VisualHunt / CC BY

    What do you do with your leftover cards?

    I would love to find new projects! Speaking of which: If you are looking for inspiration for your next project why not follow the “Project Ideas” Board on Pinterest.

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15 Responses so far.

  1. Rachel says:

    I recently got married and was wondering what to do with all of the cards we received. I love the idea of making ornaments as a “first christmas” thing. I like the scrap book idea too.

  2. Idaintyit says:

    some great ideas! I particularly like the gift tags and scrap book background idea! Defo doing that

  3. Candace says:

    Love recycling things wherever we can. We always make gift tags out of cards

  4. I am completely the same, and I am worse when it comes to cards for Monkey!! I have a box his 3rd birthday cards which i need to make some decisions about. I have allowed myself to keep the first and the second ones but thats about it. Now I need to be ruthless!! Hopefully some of these ideas will help x

  5. Ickle Pickle says:

    Great ideas – I recycle all my old cards – but keep every very special one! Kaz x

  6. I hate wastage like it is literally one of my bugbears I see no need for it so this is a wonderful idea. So adopting it!

  7. Anosa says:

    I am loving all of these ideas, trust Pinterest to have all the solutions lol.

  8. I have used old Christmas cards as gift tags on one or two organised years (although mostly because I’m too disorganised to ever remember to buy gift tags). Some interesting ideas for the rest of the year though.

  9. What fabulous ideas! Thanks for sharing with us all! I have piles and piles of old Christmas and birthday cards which I hoard for no good reason so I’m going to make an effort to do this by Christmas! (A sensible time frame right?! 10 months…) xx

  10. There are some great ideas here, I also hate throwing away cards that people have sent. So, this is a great way to reuse them. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Great ideas! I was thinking of using mine as postcards to enter competitions with but I think my daughter would have fun making some of these ideas #KCACOLS

  12. Julie Downes says:

    I hate throwing cards away too so these are a great idea! #KCACOLS

  13. I just love this post it’s full of fantastic and creative ideas! Thank-you so much for sharing your wonderful finds with us, I can definitely see me doing some of these with the girls. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. xx #KCACOLS

  14. Life as Mum says:

    This is a great idea. I must try it! x

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