I’m not sure what it is about this Christmas…
….but I’m savoring every moment in a way I’ve never done before.
Normally, I rush through putting up the trees. I hurry and hustle and just want to get it done. But this year? I am putting every ornament up like I’m in a Hallmark movie and carolers are about to show up at the door.
I just made my mother’s cranberry bread.
I’ve got a holiday playlist.
I have my gift wrap and ribbons ready to go.
And Christmas cards?
Most years I either forget to send them or send them late.
But this year is special.
This year I’m not going to get to see all the people I want to see and the only way to wish them a Merry Christmas is to send them a little season’s greetings.
I think this is going to be the year of the Christmas card.
So today, on DAY 11 of “Getting Ready for Christmas,” along with my amazing friend Leslie, I’m sharing what to do with all those Christmas cards after they show up at your house.
I wrote this post because just between us?
I’m never sure what to do with the cards after I read them.
Throw them away?
Instead? Here are five creative ideas for decorating with them.
1. Merry Banner
This banner could actually say joy or peace or noel.
To make it I simply used a ruler and traced letters onto the Christmas card.
Then I cut them out and clipped them to a ribbon with clothespins and hung them on a basket.
The letters are different sizes (so much easier and less measuring).
They are just the size of the card.
And no curves, only straight lines for easier tracing.
You could also punch a hole in the edge and hang them with jute twine.
2. Holly jolly house
This house was made from two different cards.
For the base, I cut out a strip of card and folded it with two short sides and two long sides and taped.
Cards are perfect for this project because they are much stiffer than regular scrapbook paper.
Then I cut out a square for the roof and folded it in half and taped it to the top of the base.
I cut out four tiny rectangles for the chimney and notched two of them to fit over the roof.
I taped them all together and added a puff of “smoke” made from cotton batting.
3. Candy cane tags
This was the easiest project of all.
To make these tags, I used the back of cards.
There’s the cutest little PS on the back of some of the cards that makes the cutest tag.
You could use a tag cutter or paper cutter or you could go all old school with a pair of scissors.
Simply cut a rectangle out of the card with your design in the center.
Clip the corners off of one end to make the tag, punch a hole and add a ribbon.
4. Joy gift card box
I made this tiny box out of one card.
The front made the top and the back made the bottom.
Wouldn’t it be so cute for a gift card present?
Making the box is so much easier than it looks.
I simply cut out two notches on each side and folded the ends under and taped.
Then I repeated the same steps for the bottom of the box.
5. Advent Calendar
Cut the front of the cards into shapes.
You could make Christmas trees or bells or stars or snowflakes.
Then write an act of kindness on each one and tuck them into 25 envelopes to be opened each of the days leading up to Christmas.
Every day have your family open them and share a little kindness in the middle of this busy holiday season.
I kind of forgot how much fun it is to spend an afternoon with Christmas carols and a little creativity.
Do you have a fun project you’ve done with Christmas cards?
Let me know.
I’ll be right back.
I’m off to check the mailbox for more supplies. 🙂
PS Be sure and stop by Leslie’s to see how she’s repurposing Christmas cards at her house.