What are you doing with your Christmas Cards this year? We have some great ideas for recyling them and beyond! Sadly it is that time of year when Christmas is finished, and everybody is taking down their decorations…it is a pretty sad time in our house, as we love our Christmases…though Stuntboy does try and make putting the Xmas Tree away more interesting by “helping” me out
Every year we come across the same dilemma, what to do with the old Christmas Cards that we haves This year, I decided to turn to the blogging community to get some ideas. And they didn’t let me down. Here are some of the great ways that you can use your Christmas Cards from 2015 and beyond…if you are anything like me you probably have a few years to use. I can’t bring yourself to throw any cards away :-D Please visit all these wonderful blogs for full details on how to make the crafts mentioned and shown. Christmas Decorations
Recycling Christmas Cards: Decorations

Photo Credits: Thinly Spread, Chaos and Clutter, Crafty Sy

  • Wonderful Robins cut out from cards make excellent bunting or ornaments for the tree from Thinly Spread
  • The Chaos and the Clutter has some wonderful ornaments made from her Chrismtas Cards
  • Teacher Types has a great idea for her cards, bunting; do pop along to her post to see how she does it
  • More paper decorative ideas from Party Planning Center
  • Crafty Sy has a great Christmas Card Wreath too
  • DIY Inspired has another take on Christmas decorations with cards too
  • FInally, this Christmas Tree drew my eye somewhat too, though I can’t find the original source :-(
Crafty ideas for recycling Christmas Cards

Photo credit: Raffles and Rain Boots, S.C.R.A.P and The Good Weekly

  • Raffles and Rain Boots have a wonderful idea for a pull string party cracker
  • S.C.R.A.P. blog has a wonderful idea for decorative toppers
  • How about some gorgeous bookmarks from The Frugal Girls. Note, picture from The Good Weekly, but the article has been removed from the site now)
  • Jenny Harada has a wonderful 3D star decoration, which would look great at the top of any tree.
Learning activities
We are recycling Chrsitmas Cards and learning!

Photo credit: Acorns and Crayons and Nurturestore

  • Acorns and Crayons have an amazing set of three ideas for younger children to help with learning and motor development, so do check them out
  • Childhood 101 has a wonderful, and simple sewing activitivy for improving motor skills and taching little ones an important new skill.
  • Little Bins for Little Hands has some great ideas for improving motor skills too, using scissors
  • Nuturestore also has ideas for learning activities with cards and scissors.
  • Munchkins and Moms has an excellent idea for exploring cutting using Christmas cards, and finally
  • For more fine motor fun – why not pop over to Preschool Toolkit too?
Something for next year
We are recycling Christmas cards for next year as well now!

Photo credit: Actually Mummy, Time to Craft and Hodge Podge Craft

  . If you don’t have the time to do these, which is fair enough given all the challenges that a New Year can bring, why not:
  • Buy labels, as suggested by Bug, Bird and Bee to go over sentiments and re-use the cards?
  • Cut off the fronts and take these into school, Life as Alice has done this for years, as her mum did too, and the schools are always gratful for the extra free resources
  • Muddling Along suggests finding a store like Marks and Spencers that recycles them and gives them to charity, in this company’s case, The Woodland Trust
  • If you just want to keep them, but somewhere special so you can remind yourself of Christmas during the year, or save them to craft with next year, then why not use some of the storage ideas on the Beyond Inspiration blog.
Finally, if you don’t like my ideas, then why not check out these collections from A Cultivated Nest, Better Homes, Mums Savvy Savings and Motherhood on a Dime.   This post has been added to the following linkies: Honest Mum Christmas cards everywhere after the big day - so how can we reuse and recyle Christmas Cards as we are boud to have so many of them. Here are 25 awesome ideas for you all!