Recycling Old Christmas Cards

I pinned these ideas to my  Crafts - Paper  board, but it's certainly not a new idea to reuse old Christmas cards.  You can make gift tags and mason jar toppers.

Save your old Christmas cards.

You'll need a pencil, scissors and templates.  I used these plastic templates.   

Use a pencil to trace the shape on the card and cut it out.

 It doesn't take long and soon you'll have lots of gift tags. 

Recycling Old Christmas Cards

You can use them on packages and gift bags.

Recycling Old Christmas Cards

You can also use old cards to make decorative mason jar toppers.

Recycling Old Christmas Cards

Mixes in a jar make a great gift and there are many ideas out there.  Do a quick search for "gifts in a jar" or "mixes in a jar" and you'll see what I mean.  Any dry ingredients for baked goods like cookies or brownies would work. 

I used hot cocoa mix.  Here's the recipe:

2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
dash of salt

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Use a funnel to pour mix into mason jars.  Ta-da!  You have gifts for everyone on your list.


  1. I love the idea of making gift tags out of old cards, very creative!

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  2. OMG!!!! I have never thought about doing that to my old Christmas cards! What a fantastic idea!! I love it. I just save them away and nothing happens to them. I should totally recycle!! thanks for sharin!! :) I'm excited now.

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  3. Love upcycling gift cards into gift tags! Pinned it! :)

  4. This is a great idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing :-)


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