I love receiving Christmas cards in the mail. They certainly beat getting bills, plus it’s great being able to see what old friends are up to these days. I typically put the cards on display, but after exploring all of these unique craft ideas, I may be turning my holiday cards into festive decor for my home this year. Here are a few of my favorite card projects that you can try out this season:
Christmas card garland
Fill your tree with color and memories of friends and family by transforming your cards into a strand of garland. Use a plate, a cup or a coin as the template for your garland (the template you choose will depend on how large or small you want your strand of holiday cards to be). Then you can trace the circles onto your holiday cards and cut the shapes out with scissors. Attach twine to the backs of the circles using a hot glue gun until you’ve created a strand of garland you’re happy with. Drape the garland around your tree so that the colorful side of the cards is facing outward.
Are your walls looking a little blank? Well, if you have holiday cards, then you have a simple and fun way to decorate your interior this season. Choose your favorite cards and use an X-ACTO knife to cut the image (i.e. a Christmas tree, reindeer, snowman, etc.) out of the card. Then head to your local craft store to pick up wallet-sized oval picture frames that will fit the shape of your cutouts. You may also want to get some decorative craft paper or scrapbook paper featuring holiday patterns, like red and green polka dots. Trace the background around the oval insert of the picture frame and cut it out. Tape the image from your holiday card to the background, and adhere it to the insert with a hot glue gun. Place the inserts into the frames and group them together on your wall.
Wine gift label
Wine is a popular gift to give to neighbors, co-workers, family and friends during the holiday season. Help your vino stand out by making your own gift label using recycled Christmas cards. Pick up red cardstock from the craft store and cut it into a 4-by-6.75-inch rectangle. Fold the card about 2.5 inches from the top and use a 1.25 hole punch to create a wide opening for the neck of the bottle to slide into. Then cut your favorite Christmas card to fit the size of the cardstock and glue it onto the red backing.