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Upcycling Christmas Cards

I love receiving Christmas cards. I love the ones with photos of friends throughout the years, of fun cards, personal notes penned inside the pages and those beautiful hand made works of art.

Three cards I wanted to highlight are below. One is a store bought card (deer) but so beautiful. The other two are handmade. I was recently at a new Dollar Tree store that just opened up and thought I’d take a peek at what they had. I found these $1 frames and thought that would be perfect to frame the three cards.

Check out below. Next year these beautiful cards will adorn a fireplace mantel or bathroom wall.

Store bought Christmas Card
Card created by my mother-in-law, Coni Waters
Card made by my co-worker and friend, Mayra Martinez

Some other ways you can recycle Christmas cards includes;

  • Cut out pieces of the card to make Christmas tags
  • Cut the cards into rectangles and then print names of guests. Use as name tents for your Christmas dinner
  • Make a beautiful wreath as seen HERE
  • Make lovely book marks by cutting them from Christmas cards. Seen HERE.

Warmest Creative Wishes,

Daughter, Wife, Mother, Friend, artist, vintage loving, law enforcement officer, Southern Californian, God and country loving girl who loves to meet like minded creative people, share life with new and old friends. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~André Gide


  • Don Pelham

    I like your idea, but what to do with all those frames?
    My hand made cards all go into an old fashion scrapbook … the ones our parents use to ruin all those old photos.
    I like to make boxes out of store bought cards. I then put a note or something in the box and return it to the sender, if they are local.
    I really like what you do and your enthusiasm for crafting.
    Don XOXO

  • Marianne B in AZ

    These are beautiful! I love picture frames and I look at them often. I have a few that I thought I had fun ideas for using. For some reason, I have bought them, I didn’t come home and do anything so creative with them. I seem to get into a creative rut. You sharing what you have made inspires me to get a frame out of my closet and see what I can do with it.