Do you recycle Christmas cards?

@breepeace (3028)
Canada
December 28, 2007 2:51pm CST
My mom gave me a great idea when I was home for Christmas. She said instead of buying new gift tags for presents next year, she was going to use the Christmas cards she got this year, cut them into tag sizes and re-use them for next year. I thought that was a great idea since I never know what to do with mine after the end of the holidays. Does anyone else do something similar and find some way to recycle their greeting cards?
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• United States
28 Dec 07
That is a great idea. I did save a couple of the cards that I got cuase I could use them next year when I make homemade cards. I got some that the horn or whatever the image was could come off. They would make great cut outs for next years homemade christmas cards.
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• United States
28 Dec 07
I don't give out cards for the holidays. I also don't recieved them for the holidays or anything. I do find recycling the gift tags on the gift bags is great. I collect all the bags that the gifts came in. Then the ones with names on it for family members is what I use the following year. No one has ever noticed the recycled bags either.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
I usually store all my Christmas cards, but one time we were making crafts and we cut out the Christmas trees, and the stars, and snowflakes, etc. and put them on craft paper, and made new Christmas cards. What you do is to get some craft paper and fold them, then you cut out the parts of your old Cards that will make them Christmasy, glue the trees, angels, etc. on the new cards, put some sprinkles on top or around to simulate snow, and then write neatly with a gold or silver pen, Merry Christmas, and if you are ambitious a little poem. I thought of one way, you can cut partially around the glued on tree.
• United States
6 Jan 08
That is such a cool idea. I will have to try that next year, or maybe with a holiday other than Christmas like Valentine's Day. We send cards then too, and I think I have some old cards from last year. And what a great idea for kids that do not want to give the same old, cheap Be My Valentine card. They could use all the ones they got last year (if they kept them) to make new ones really personally in 2008.
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
29 Dec 07
I have been recycle Christmas cards in that way for years. When I take down my cards after the holiday I cut out the designs that I like or can use from the cards and will save them so I can use them as tags for gifts next year. I also do the same thing for cards that no longer have an envelope or if I messed up the writing on a card.
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
29 Dec 07
recycling
@Angela57 (14)
• United States
5 Jan 08
This is a great idea. I recycle my cards that way too. I also remember a little gift I make in HomeEc (many moons ago) that help me display the cards I love, including ones from past years. Take a juice can - a tall one or an oatmeal container (the round tall ones) and cut both ends off them. (Be careful if it's a tin can.) Now take yarn and place it through the ends and tie it. Put the tie INSIDE the can where it cannot be seen. Next, wrap the yarn, one strand at a time around the can until it is completely covered. Tie the yarn off inside the can. Take your Christmas cards and place them through one stand of the yarn. You could display 60-100 cards depending on how many loops you made with the yarn. It makes a great center piece of just a display on the mantle for your cards. I take one really fantastic card from previous years (7 years worth now) and keep them on this display every year.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
31 Dec 07
That's a great idea bree. I might even do that with our cards we have, even though its only a few we received this year :)
@brimia (6588)
• United States
29 Dec 07
I've been saving christmas cards for years and reusing them for gift tags, for making ornaments, and for decorating paper bags to make them into pretty gift bags.
• India
29 Dec 07
I think it is good idea to recycle the Christmas cards. I believe in recycling and reusing things. I think most probably most people will threw away the old Christmas cards after two to three months. One way to recycle Christmas cards is to put different message paper and stick inside the Christmas cards.