How to Recycle Christmas Cards into Gift Tags

For the past few weeks, we have been exchanging Christmas cards with friends, family, and coworkers. It’s a holiday tradition that many of us participate in every year. We display the cards on the door, wall, or in a basket and enjoy them all season long. But what do we do with the cards after the Christmas season? Here’s a super simple idea for turning these cards into gift tags that we can enjoy next year!

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How to Recycle Christmas Cards into Gift Tags

Each year I use ribbons and clothespins to display all the Christmas cards. I simply loop them over the door and enjoy them all season long. But when the season is done, I want to find a way to recycle the Christmas cards and give them a second life.

Some people put the Christmas cards in a basket and use them as a prayer reminder for the next weeks and months. Other people use the cards as bookmarkers or create placemats and crafts.

Another favorite way to recycle Christmas cards is to create gift tags for next season. This is not an original idea to me. My Grandma regularly used recycled cards in her gift bags each year when she was preparing her packages for the family and others have been doing this for years.


I pulled out my Cuttlebug and dyes so I could slice out the shapes that best fit each design. If you don’t have a Cuttlebug, there are several other dye-cutting machines that will easily do this process or you can use scissors and simply cut them by hand.

How did I decide which shape to use for each card? I simply let the designs dictate what worked best for each one.

Now I have a whole stack of custom gift tags ready to use next season. This hits all the right notes for me: I’m reusing something instead of throwing it away plus I get to think about the people who sent these cards in the mail!

When it’s time to wrap presents, simply pull out your gift card tags, punch a hole in the top corner, and attach to your gifts.

Have you ever recycled your Christmas cards and used them for gift tags? Is this a favorite tradition or a new idea? I’d love to hear!

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