Christmas card remix

Give your holiday cards a second life with these creative craft ideas

By Em Byerly
Christmas card crafts

At this point in the holiday season, you’ve probably noticed a whole forest of Christmas cards growing on your mantel. Some of them contain words—or even just handwriting—that you want to remember. Some are way too pretty to throw away. And some just make you smile because someone took the time to wish peace and love to you and yours. So how do you hang onto your cards without feeling like one of those hoarders they make TV shows about? Fortunately there are ways—and crafty ways at that—to give those greeting cards a second life next Christmas.

Holiday wreath

Holiday wreath
Use your holiday cards to create a welcoming wreath for next year.

Crafter level: Skilled

Time needed: 3 hours

Learn how to make this holiday wreath.


Seasonal garland

Seasonal garland
Deck the halls with this festive garland crafted from holiday cards.

Crafter level: Intermediate

Time needed: 1 hour

Learn how to make a festive seasonal garland.


Initial gift tags


Initial gift tags

Turn your holiday cards into one-of-a-kind gift tags for your friends and family.

Crafter level: Beginner

Time needed: 15 minutes

Learn how to make initial gift tags.


Holiday ornaments


Holiday ornaments

Kids will love to help craft these easy ornaments.

Crafter level: Kids

Time needed: 30 minutes

Learn how to make these fun holiday ornaments.

Em Byerly is a Hallmark designer with a passion for baking and crafting that manages to consume most of her free time. A southern girl at heart, Em loves sweet tea, rap music, flip-flops and fireworks of all kinds.


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