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If you’re sentimental like I am, it can be tempting to save every holiday card you’ve ever received. Until you catch an episode of Hoarders and want to throw everything away. But there’s another way! Take Liz’s lead and recycle the cards you just can’t bear to part with into pretty holiday decor. They say what goes around comes around — these Christmas card crafts are examples of how that can  actually be a good thing!

christmas card garland

This Christmas card garland from designer and hilarious Defend the Trend commenter Brian Patrick Flynn is so simple to make, you could practically wrap presents with your other hand. Okay, maybe that’s hyperbolic, but if you can trace circles, use scissors and wield a hot glue gun, this craft is a cinch. (Even for a Grinch.) Get the instructions here.

christmas card ornament

You can also deck your tree in Christmas card ornaments, like this example from Nicole Young of lilyella. She breaks it down into easy steps on Scoutiegirl, and even has great suggestions for alternative displays if your tree has been sufficiently trimmed. I think they’d look darling over doorknobs!

christmas card wreath

Photo: Michel Arnaud

The textural, layered look of this holiday card wreath from Good Housekeeping is achieved by inserting toothpicks into a Styrofoam form, which also makes it easy to add more “holly leaves” as new cards arrive.

christmas card gift box
Here’s a fun way to present someone with a gift card this season: Tuck one inside a decorative box made from old holiday greetings! The only supplies you need are cards, a ruler, a pencil, scissors and a glue stick. Find out how to fold it on the Yummy Mummy Club.

christmas card letter

Also from Sharon DeVellis of the YMC? The nifty idea of cutting old cards into letters. You could display the letters on your mantel to spell out a season’s greeting or string the letters up as a banner. (Take a peek at our glittery example for more inspiration.)

Which Christmas card craft gets your stamp of approval? And are there any common household materials you’d like to see turned into crafts in this column? Leave your suggestions below!


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3 Responses

  1. Linda says:

    I have made many of the triangle/circle globes over the years. My favorite nests in my tree each year. It is made of all white circles that contain the notes people have written inside the cards. I smile every year as I turn it in my hands and remember those that wrote the notes!

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  3. RSS says:

    I really like the garland made from Christmas cards. Gives the tree a homey feel.

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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