10 Ways to Repurpose Your Christmas Cards

Each year, I look forward to receiving Christmas cards in the mail but I haven’t had a thoughtful way to save the photo cards and never want to throw any of the cards away. So to reduce waste and preserve memories, I’ve compiled 10 ways to repurpose your Christmas cards and a great way to save your Christmas photo cards each year!


Last Christmas, I finally made my own DIY Christmas Photo Card Keepsake Book. I wish I had done this sooner because it was very simple and only required a few supplies.


  • Christmas photo cards
  • 5″ x 7″ cover page
  • Hole punch
  • Binder rings
  • Laminating machine (optional)


1. First, print a 5″ x 7″ cover on heavy card stock and cut to the proper size. I chose to laminate the cover to make it more durable, but this is optional. You can also make a laminated back cover to protect the cards.

Photo Christmas cards cover

2. Next, sort photos according to size and shapes. Stack the cover on top and the cards in a neat group below the cover.

photo Christmas cards

3. Use your hole puncher to punch 2 holes at the top of the cover and then use the cover as a guide when punching holes in the cards. You can probably punch 2 – 3 cards at a time depending on the thicknesses.

Photo Christmas cards cover
Photo Christmas cards cover

4. Next, insert the binder rings. I used a 1″ diameter binder ring, but you can adjust the size as necessary depending on how many cards you have.

Photo Christmas cards book

5. Finally, add the cover on top of the book and you’re done! Don’t forget to include your family’s card in the book as well. It’s always fun to watch your family grow and change!

Photo Christmas cards book

Every year at Christmas time you can put your books on display and flip through the memories. The books can be hung up by the binder rings, displayed on the coffee table, in a basket, or on a bookshelf!

2. Hardcover Christmas Card Book | Simply Living Green with Rebekah

Hardcover Christmas Card Book

Our family and friends go through a lot of effort to design, buy, and send out Christmas cards each year, and I really look forward to receiving them. Here’s a great way to preserve them for years to come. In fact, you can adapt this project for greeting cards of all types — birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Baptism, or anything!

3. Gift Tags Made From Upcycled Christmas Cards | Simply Living Green with Rebekah

Gift Tags from Upcycled Christmas Cards

Instead of tossing your Christmas Cards this year, learn how to make them into something new that you can use throughout the new year! This tutorial will show you how to make your own upcycled gift tags from your Christmas cards.

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4. Bookmarks from Upcycled Christmas Cards | Simply Living Green with Rebekah

bookmark made from upcycled Christmas cards

Making bookmarks is a quick and easy way to upcycle your greeting cards. You can choose to make them any size or shape you’d like!

5. Christmas Card Wreath | Crafty Sy

Christmas card wreath

This project is a great way to repurpose your Christmas cards if you’ve been saving them for a while and makes a great gift for next year.

6. Recycled Christmas Card Garland| Learning 4 Kids

Recycled Christmas Card Garland

I love that this project is easy enough for your children to do and teaches them how to upcycle and repurpose Christmas cards instead of tossing them away or recycling.

7. DIY Christmas Puzzles for Kids| Happy Go Lucky

DIY Christmas puzzles for kids

I love this idea from Happy Go Lucky, but instead of buying new Christmas cards, upcycle your old Christmas Cards!

8. Geometric Christmas Card Ornament| by What’s Up Fagans

Geometric Christmas card ornament

This 3-D Christmas card ornament is a fun way to repurpose your Christmas cards at the end of the holiday season. Plus it’s another great DIY Christmas gift idea for next year!

9. Placemats from Repurposed Christmas Cards | Taste of Home

placemats from repurposed Christmas cards

Make a festive placemat for your next Christmas meal using old greeting cards. This DIY project is super easy and great for kids!

10. Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments | Ashley Hackshaw

These upcycled Christmas ornaments can make great gift tags, which the recipient can repurpose and hang on their Christmas tree. You can write your name and date on the back or personalize it any way you choose.

Enjoy these DIY projects and let me know all the ways you repurpose your Christmas cards this year! Please leave a comment below and share your ideas with us.

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10 Ways to Repurpose Your Christmas Cards


  1. April 26 / 10:42 PM

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  2. September 28 / 12:40 PM

    Oh my goodness! Our school has not had a functioning laminator since last SPRING!! The old one broke, huge delay in the ordering of a new one with miscommunication and back orders only to have the new one arrive damaged! Still no laminator! I would LOVE to be able to laminate anything and everything without going to the teacher store!

  3. Amanda
    December 21 / 11:29 PM

    Love the ideas, especially the ring binder. I’m going to have to try that.

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