Upcycle Holiday Card Ideas - The Mummy Toolbox

Upcycle Your Holiday Cards

Upcycle Holiday Card Ideas - The Mummy Toolbox

Hello, My Name is Charlotte and I am a hoarder! 

Ok maybe I am not that bad but I hate throwing cards away – birthday, Christmas or otherwise! after all of the time and money  people spent thinking, writing and sending them to me I can’t face just chucking them!

So with that in mind I thought I would share some of the ways you don’t have to throw them away and turn them into useful and pretty projects worthy of the time and attention that went in!

Holiday Keepsake ornament

I found this great idea on Scoutie girl but is originally by Nicole from Lillyella and it’s an excellent (and frugal) way to decorate next years tree! (or even your house near easter/birthdays!). Go and checkout the fantastic tutorial and you can make ornaments that look store bought!

Holiday Card Upcycle Ideas - The Mummy Toolbox - Card Ornament on Scoutie Girl
Photo Credit: Scoutie Girl

Lovely Placemats for a family keepsake

In school when I was younger you created artwork at school and in some cases they would then offer to turn it into all sorts of things such as; teatowls, aprons and placemats which is where I got the idea of creating a mashup and laminating old cards into keepsake placemats that are inexpensive and perfect for different times of the year. You could create a set of the same or you could have personal mats with the message on the reverse side! (These would make excellent stocking gifts for next year!) Junk Mail Gems can show you how to do it!

Upcycle Holiday Card Ideas on The Mummy Toolbox - Placemats
Photo Credit: Junk Mail Gems

Scrapbook Backgrounds

I like to use my cards in my scrapbook, my favourite ones or ones with special additions always make it in, I try to use the leftovers as best I can and I wrote about it in my “Easy Scrapbook Background Ideas” post where I showed some of my inspiration for my favorite pages!

Cut Up Card Pieces - Easy Scrapbook Background Ideas
The Mummy Toolbox Scrapbook Background Ideas

Christmas Card Puzzles

You know I am a sucker for anything frugal that keeps the toddler entertained and this idea from Motherhood on a dime ticks both of those boxes! Her tutorial shows how to create puzzles out of cards so that you can pop them in the bags to keep them quiet for a few precious moments! (I bet these would be great at a restaurant!) Make them easier or harder by cutting them into fewer or more pieces!

Upcycle Holiday Card Ideas - The Mummy Toolbox - Card Puzzles by Motherhood on a dime
Photo Credit: Motherhood on a Dime


I am an avid reader, I am forever picking a book up and down and I used to dogear the pages (much to everyone’s chagrin!) So now I use my old cards as bookmarks. You can trim off your favourite pattern or even do something more structured like The Crafty Mummy!

Upcycle Holiday Card Ideas - The Mummy Toolbox - Christmas Bookmarks by The Crafty Mummy
Photo Credit: The Crafty Mummy

Christmas card notepads

If you are like me you will take notes all day every day (and as a blogger you never know where inspiration might strike so you should always have a notepad handy) Hope Studios has a great tutorial for turning your leftover holiday cards into mini notepads! Which is perfect for the handbag or shopping!

Holiday Card Upcycle - The Mummy Toolbox - Card notepads
Photo Credit: Hope Studios

Gift Tags

I got this idea from Milo Made who is extra organised and makes gift tags for holidays and presents. Go check out the post and there is a fab design you can use! This is such a great way to save money and be frugal and see your beautiful birthday or winter cards go to use.

Upcycle Holiday Card Ideas
Photo credit: decor8 via VisualHunt / CC BY

What do you do with your leftover cards?

I would love to find new projects! Speaking of which: If you are looking for inspiration for your next project why not follow the “Project Ideas” Board on Pinterest.

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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox


  • Rachel (#)
    August 6th, 2016

    I recently got married and was wondering what to do with all of the cards we received. I love the idea of making ornaments as a “first christmas” thing. I like the scrap book idea too.

  • Idaintyit (#)
    February 17th, 2016

    some great ideas! I particularly like the gift tags and scrap book background idea! Defo doing that

  • Candace (#)
    February 16th, 2016

    Love recycling things wherever we can. We always make gift tags out of cards

  • Mudpie Fridays (#)
    February 16th, 2016

    I am completely the same, and I am worse when it comes to cards for Monkey!! I have a box his 3rd birthday cards which i need to make some decisions about. I have allowed myself to keep the first and the second ones but thats about it. Now I need to be ruthless!! Hopefully some of these ideas will help x

  • Ickle Pickle (#)
    February 16th, 2016

    Great ideas – I recycle all my old cards – but keep every very special one! Kaz x

  • Ana De- Jesus (#)
    February 16th, 2016

    I hate wastage like it is literally one of my bugbears I see no need for it so this is a wonderful idea. So adopting it!

  • Anosa (#)
    February 16th, 2016

    I am loving all of these ideas, trust Pinterest to have all the solutions lol.

  • Cathy (MummyTravels) (#)
    February 16th, 2016

    I have used old Christmas cards as gift tags on one or two organised years (although mostly because I’m too disorganised to ever remember to buy gift tags). Some interesting ideas for the rest of the year though.

  • Gemma Nuttall (#)
    February 16th, 2016

    What fabulous ideas! Thanks for sharing with us all! I have piles and piles of old Christmas and birthday cards which I hoard for no good reason so I’m going to make an effort to do this by Christmas! (A sensible time frame right?! 10 months…) xx

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany (#)
    February 16th, 2016

    There are some great ideas here, I also hate throwing away cards that people have sent. So, this is a great way to reuse them. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • tracey bowden (#)
    January 12th, 2016

    Great ideas! I was thinking of using mine as postcards to enter competitions with but I think my daughter would have fun making some of these ideas #KCACOLS

  • Julie Downes (#)
    January 10th, 2016

    I hate throwing cards away too so these are a great idea! #KCACOLS

  • Mommy's Little Princesses (#)
    January 10th, 2016

    I just love this post it’s full of fantastic and creative ideas! Thank-you so much for sharing your wonderful finds with us, I can definitely see me doing some of these with the girls. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. xx #KCACOLS

  • Life as Mum (#)
    January 10th, 2016

    This is a great idea. I must try it! x

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