I love to get holiday cards in the mail. I can’t wait to see what the mail brings this time of year and I love to look at them, and I even look forward to update letters.
I’ve tried displaying them various ways over the years: decorating a doorway, clothes-pinned to a decorative cord on the stair bannister or on the mantle.
However, I’ve discovered that I like them best in a little holder I got at some Christmas party. I keep it on the kitchen table because it’s where I tend to spend a lot of time, and I like being able to get them out and look at them.
But, my biggest problem is what to do with the cards when the holidays are over.
I’d love to be the crafty person to recycle them and make something cute, but I’m not.
But, if you are that person, here’s a few ideas to recycle old Christmas cards:
1. Cut the backs off, and use the fronts to make a Christmas collage (fun activity for kids), or decoupage a tray, a small box or a frame.
2. Use the backs for scrap paper or to make lists, etc.
3. Make gift tags for next year with a hole punch and some ribbon.
Or, you could cut the backs off and donate the fronts to a preschool, kindergarten or library for crafts.
Additionally, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children has a Recycled Card Program. The children at St. Jude Ranch make new cards from them to sell.
But, my dilemma is what to do with the pretty photo cards people send. I have the worst time throwing away pictures, and for years I’ve stored photo cards in a cigar box (remember those?) and it’s getting full. I know it’s clutter, and I need to go through it and pick out the special ones, but I can’t seem to do it.
Any suggestions how to declutter or save photo holiday cards?