10 easy and creative ways to upcycle old greeting cards

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It seems like there’s greeting cards for everything these days. Some you can’t wait to toss into the recycling. But what do you do with those cards you really would like to keep? You can throw them into a collection memory box, where maybe you’ll look at them once in a blue moon. Or, you can choose to do something a little more creative, and enjoy them all year round!


You can easily transform an old card into a bookmark for yourself or the other bookworms in you life. Go here to learn how easy it can be!

2. Gift Tags

Use a gift tag punch like this one to cut out special designs from the card and create your own gift tags! You’ll recycle and make something crafty at the same time!

3. Artwork

Cards that are particularly pretty, festive, or meaningful can be turned into framed art. Use frame ornaments for Christmas cards.Shape punches can be used to take certain shapes out of cards and create something unique and meaningful. This blogger transformed her baby shower cards into a framed piece of art. You could also make a collage of all your favorites!

4. Scrapbook Embellishments

If you’re into scrapbooking, then you already know you can use old cards for all sorts of things! Borders, picture frames, backgrounds, etc. The world’s your oyster!

5. Postcards

According to the Post Office, postcards need to be at least 3.5 inches high and 5 inches wide, but no more that 4.25 inches wide and 6 inches long. That means that with the majority of cards you receive, you could probably easily turn then into postcards. Just cut off the part with the picture (provided no one wrote on the card), leave the right side for the address and stamp, and write your greeting on the left side. Et voila!

6. Make New Cards

If you’re really in a crafty mood, take those cards, cut out sections you like, and make brand new cards! Use really good card stock as your backing. Punches that create images, like butterflies or Christmas trees, can take some of the guesswork out of trying to cut out shapes by freehand.

7. Spruce Up Gift Bags

Old cards make the perfect, easy embellishments for plain gift bags. It doesn’t even matter what’s written on the other side,as they get glued down to the bag! Check out this tutorial to get some great ideas!

8. Notepads

One amazingly creative individual created her own notepads using old cards! You could also use them as small gift ideas/stocking stuffers. Check out her tutorial to learn how she made her own notepads.

9. Donations

Turns out you can donate your old greeting cards. I was completely surprised to learn that St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital will be happy to take them off your hands! I didn’t know they had a program that recycles them, makes new cards, and sells them back to earn money. If you have an old stack laying around, and you want them to to a good cause, check them out. They only take the part of the card with the image, but you could then easily recycle the rest.

10. Memory Book

You can cut out the parts that people have written and create a memory book with just the writings. Check out this image to see what I mean. Or, even better, you could turn them into a fantastically bound memory book. Check out this tutorial to learn how to create your own beautiful keepsake!

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