When the holiday season comes to an end, it’s likely that you’ll end up with a large stack of holiday cards from friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. Instead of tossing these lovely festive greetings, consider transforming them into something else entirely. Here are a few of my favorite crafty ideas:
Gift tags for next year
Instead of going out and buying holiday-themed gift tags for your presents, make your own using leftover holiday cards. Simply trim down the cards using a pair of scissors. Cut the cards so that only the festive design on the front is showing, like a snowman, a Christmas tree or an ornament. Store the cards with your holiday wrapping paper so they’ll be ready to go for next year.
Holiday-inspired coasters are handy to have around when you’re hosting parties. All you have to do is cut the cards into the desired shape, whether that’s circular or square, and glue a piece of felt that matches the shape of the coaster to the back. Cover the top of the coasters with a coat of Mod Podge to make them waterproof.
A creative gift
Some families send out every last holiday card without keeping one for themselves. Consider keeping a few of your closest friends and family’s holiday cards throughout the years. You can then use them to create a framed collage of all their holiday greetings for a unique, special gift.
Need some new art for your home’s walls? Well, if you have a stack of holiday cards, then you have a beautiful piece of decor for your interior. Cut each card into small 1/2-inch strips and glue them all together on a piece of paper, lining up the strips next to one another. When it dries, you can flip the paper over and use scissors to cut the colorful mosaic into a shape of your choice. Next, mount your design onto a canvas and hang it on your wall for a beautiful statement piece.
Get your refrigerator into the holiday spirit by adding some festive magnets to its surface. Head to your local craft store to pick up glue, magnets and flat-back glass marbles. Cut your holiday cards and magnets to fit the shape of the marble. Attach the card to the flat side of the marble with glue, followed by the magnet. Let them dry and stick them on your fridge.