Saturday, December 29, 2012

This Year's Christmas Cards - Next Year's Gift Tags

Wait! Don't throw them out!!!
Old Christmas card do have a use!

Of course we are going to save the cute ones from our grandmas or picture cards from our friends, but what to do with the others.

This year, I received many beautiful cards from my insurance agent, doctor, students and cousins twice removed. They were beautiful and I displayed them but there is only so much you can keep.

So...think green and use them again next year!

Here is what I did:

1. Decide on which cards are the ones you will not be saving.

2. Use a paper cutter, die cut or just plain scissors to create the shapes you want. I used my large tag punch. I purchased it at Michaels with a 40% off coupon. It was very reasonable. I use it often for gift tags and price tags. Word of warning - the first paper punch of this brand I purchased broke on it's second punch. I exchanged it and have had no problem with this one. Food for thought when purchasing your own.

3. Occasionally cut the card to be able to get at the pictures you want.

4. All done! Now find a save place to save them for next year. 

No need to just use Christmas cards. Try birthday and thank you cards as well. I can also see using other shapes for a beautiful Christmas banner.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Your tags are pretty! I do this too and at the same time I cut a few sheets of regular cardstock to use for gifts the rest of the year. On some I use one of a few to/from stamps I picked up inexpensively at Michaels. Seeing this post reminded me to call my nephew and remind him to save their cards so my great nieces and I can have a little tag making afternoon.

  2. That's a great idea! They look fantastic, Laura. I hate throwing out cards too. In fact, I did a post last year about using cards to cover logos on store paper bags to reuse as gift bags.

  3. This is such a cute idea! I'll have to dig through my old scrapbooking supplies to see what I have!