We’ve recycled our Christmas Cards!

I was looking for ideas of what to do with my old Christmas cards.  In the past, I’ve used them to create gift tags, thank you postcards but mostly end up burning or recycling them.   However, after a quick troll on the internet I found these wonderful placemats.  They were very easy to make and took less than 30 minutes.

You’ll need:

  • Selection of Christmas Cards
  • A3 Sheet of paper
  • Double sided sticky tape

How to:

I used a guillotine to cut the backs off of the cards and then I cut the cards into squares 4cm x 4cm.  I’m sure you could vary this, possibly larger for younger children.

I also included a few photos of my daughter so we can see how much she has changed from year to year.

We used double sided sticky tape.  You could use glue but I think my 4 year old would have lost interest quickly.

Getting them a bit square was challenging but not a problem as you can trim the wonkey ends when you’re done.

I now just need to find someone with a laminator.

I’m hoping to turn this into a small tradition, making one a year, so, in a few years time we may have a full set!


Author: mediocremum

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17 thoughts on “We’ve recycled our Christmas Cards!”

  1. That’s such a lovely idea, I’m going to have to send this link to my sister, she’ll love it. Laminators are fairly cheap and a useful enough thing if you like doing craft bits with the children, if not they often have them in libraries that you can use for a small fee.

    1. When I was doing it, I thought to myself, this would have been great for her first birthday cards! I think I still have them.

  2. Good idea! On the back you could cut out some special Christmas messages from the cards to include.

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