January 10, 2013

Amazing Ways to Reuse Old Christmas Cards

Posted by Treetopia in Decorating Tips | DIY Ideas | Features | Home Decor | Treetopia Christmas Inspirations

Treetopia shows you how to create something fabulous out of old Christmas cards

When Thanksgiving ends, the influx of Christmas cards starts to pour in within weeks. Each one is unique in the sense that it contains imprints of those fantastic people whom we hold dear and who took the time to scribble messages to warm our hearts during the chilly Christmas season.  Instead of stuffing all those gorgeous Christmas cards in a box, never knowing when they will be touched by the sun’s rays again, channel your creative energy into preserving those little cards filled with love and sentiments. Treetopia has thought of ways on how you can give your old Christmas cards new life.

Wall of Fame

While we all say that every unique Christmas card is a treasure, it’s impossible not to have a favorite among your collection. Choose an empty area in your home, perhaps a small wall space or at the back of one of your doors, and display all your favorite Christmas cards in that area. You can even purchase a large cork or laminated board where the cards will be tacked or taped if you don’t want to stick the cards directly on your wall. Name this space the Christmas Cards Wall of Fame.


photo by Aine D via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

Framed!

If you don’t want to dedicate a huge space for the Christmas Cards Wall of Fame, opt for something smaller by placing your most favored cards in a frame.  If the cards are the folded type, neatly cut them in half and frame the attractive cover and the personal message side-by-side. You can hang the framed cards along with your family’s photos or have a dedicated wall for the framed Top 5 Best Christmas cards for every year.


photo by Lee Canon via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

Christmas Ornaments

Make your Christmas cards next year’s Christmas décor. You can punch a hole on the corner of the cards, attach a ribbon through the punched holes to serve as a cord, and hang them on your Christmas tree or garlands as they are.

Channel your creativity to make your own ornaments using old Christmas cards. Create Christmas ornaments with them with the instructions on this page http://www.sheknows.com/holidays-and-seasons/articles/849513/creative-christmas-card-display-ideas. You can also cut out attractive greeting card covers to make a garland for your tree.


photo by Tammra McCauley via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Home Décor

Turn your old Christmas cards into home décor by displaying them on your fireplace or using them as centerpieces. Just be sure to attach them to something strong and sturdy to keep them from falling down, blowing away, or accidentally falling into the fireplace while the flames dance around to warm your home.


photo by osseous via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Scrapbooking

The point of having a scrapbook is to keep memorable bits and pieces you come across in your lifetime or whenever you have decided to begin your scrapbooking. Why not dedicate an entire scrapbook into preserving Christmas memories and heartwarming messages that your loved ones unfailingly send you come Yuletide season of each year? The awesome thing about this is that everything will be kept in one place and you don’t need to worry about having your home look cluttered.


photo by shimelle via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Regardless of what you choose to do with your old Christmas cards, there is one truth behind every single card you receive: the sender made an effort because he or she appreciates you. Take some time to show your appreciation by not simply stuffing sincerely given Christmas cards in a box and allowing nature to take over.

Share with us how you give new life to your old Christmas cards or any greeting card, for that matter.

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