Save all those holiday cards people send you in the mail. They can be used for lots of projects. This is just a list to guide you; if you’re not creative google specific projects with used Christmas Cards for instructions or for more ideas google “used Christmas card project ideas”
Cookie Cutter Photo Ornaments (One local Walmart had a bin of 18 of these ornaments for $9. Buy after Christmas for an even sweeter deal! Ace Hardware also sells these individually for 79 cents each.) You can use photographs, copies of photographs in color or black and white, or greeting cards for this. When we did this project we added heavy wrapping paper (make sure it is the heavy kind) to the back of the ornaments for added sturdiness. I’m sorry I can’t find a link I really like for this project. I did link to one but here is what I remember doing when someone showed me how to make these.
Double Sided Tape
Aluminum Cookie Cutters
Used Christmas Cards, Photographs, copies of photographs etc.
Strong wrapping paper
Elmer’s Glue (this will dry clear I promise!)
hair dryer (optional)
1. you place an aluminum cookie cutter around the outside of the cutter onto something pretty….your photo or old Christmas card…
2. Place that over heavy wrapping paper and cut around it but not too close leave some edge on the wrapping paper…
3. use double sided tape to tape the back of the pretty photo or christmas card to strong wrapping paper cut out in same shape….Elmer’s glue to glue it on the ornament…optional use hair dryer to speed up drying…
4. I can’t remember what we all did after that but it involved waiting for the glue to dry and somehow putting the ribbon through the paper & aluminum ornament before it dried. Seems to me we just put it through and let the glue hold the ribbon in place then tied a knot at the top to make the loop… Could probably poke a small hole in top of paper to put thread or something through too.
Crochet Border Ornaments
Christmas Ornaments (Not Crochet)
Decorate Mason Jar Lids
Make pretty envelopes
Use for Gift Tags (use cookie cutters or a glass or similar to cut out sections of cards; you might get 2 or 3 or more tags out of one card)