Recycling Christmas Cards

Posted on November 29, 2010 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (1)

It you’re still hanging on to last year’s horde of Christmas greeting cards, there are many possibilities for reusing old greeting cards, limited only by what you have on hand and your own imagination. Here are a few ideas to get you going.

Recycled Wreath

Good Housekeeping has a nice little wreath made from recycled holiday greeting cards that are cut into holly leaves. Use the holly leaf template to trace onto old cards and cut out the shapes. This site has a lot of other wreath ideas, so take a good browse around it.

The instructions for this wreath involve a Styrofoam base which as you all know, is a no-no if you have to go and buy it. If you already have one, by all means use it. If you don't but have a large piece of Styrofoam that is being thrown out, you can create a doughnut shape from that (do the cutting outside as it's very messy!) or just cut out a doughnut shape from a large piece of cardboard (from a box) and use that as your base. Forget the toothpicks, layer the cutout holly-shaped pieces of your recycled cards and use non-toxic glue to hold in place.

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Tabletop Christmas Tree

Canadian Living has a puffy little tabletop Christmas tree made by recycling holiday cards.  It uses a lot of cards so you may have to hit family and friends for theirs to recycle. Now me, I probably wouldn’t attempt it but if you’ve got the time, Canadian Living has the instructions and a template.

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Christmas Card Basket

Canadian Living also has instructions for a cute little card basket made by recycling Christmas cards. The template is included in the template for the puffy tree. Again, you may need a little patience and time so grab a nice Christmasy DVD and get started!!

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Christmas Recycling Projects, Ideas and Inspiration

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 9:59 AM Comments comments (0)

For inspiration and ideas for your own Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah festivities, check out my Articles section and get started.

Four ways to recycle buttons

Posted on April 30, 2010 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Every time I buy a new sweater or blouse, there always seems to be a little plastic bag with a button or two inside. A great idea but I've never actually had to use these buttons. Besides, I almost always forget where I put the little package. So instead of throwing the buttons into a drawer to be forgotten, I figured that they can be recycled into cute cards. If you have a bit of material or interesting paper on hand, you can create a one-of-a-kind card that anyone would be happy to receive.

If you're lucky enough to have a stash of buttons, here are a three more ways to recycle them into something special.


Make Button Earrings. If you only have a couple of buttons that are too pretty to toss out, why not make yourself a pair of earrings. All you need are two identical buttons and you're off.

Make a Button Necklace. If you have a stash of earrings, Martha Stewart has instructions for making a really beautiful

Make a Button Bracelet. It's easy to create a one-ofa-kind bracelet from your buttons. Here's how:

  1. Cut elasticized cord long enough to wrap around the wrist twice. 
  2. To make a standard-button bracelet, thread elastic through from back to front and then to the back again (see above). 
  3. For four-hole buttons, thread elastic diagonally through two holes on opposite corners. 
  4. For a shank-button bracelet, thread elastic through shanks, turning every other button upside down to overlap. 
  5. Once you've strung on enough buttons to reach around the wrist, thread both ends of elastic and tie off. 
  6. Trim excess elastic.

Make your Own Christmas Envelopes and Cards

Posted on November 23, 2009 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)


There's really no need to go out and buy Christmas or holiday greeting cards when it's so easy to make your own from magazines and other paper you've got around the house. You can use magazines, junk mail, calendars, wallpaper scraps, even leftover gift wrap to create lovely cards and envelopes at home with your family. 


Believe it or not, you can now buy a kit for making envelopes for about $8.00 but why bother when all it contains is a template for only one size of envelope. If you use your own old envelopes, you can make them in any size. Just carefully open up the envelope and use it as a template to make your own. Greeting cards are also easy to make - just cut a picture and paste onto whatever cardstock you have on hand.

Green Christmas Holiday Projects and Ideas

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)


With the Christmas holidays just ahead of us, I've started on my cost-saving holiday recycling projects and these include making little stars from old Christmas cards.  The folding is a bit tricky in the beginning but once you've mastered the folds, you can make a lot in a very short time. I found this site which gives very clear instructions on how to make a 5-pointed star decoration.


I have also written and posted all kinds of holiday pojects and ideas in Suite 101about reusing and recycling greeting cards, tree ornaments and other stuff from around the house. Here are the links if you want to get started now.


The 10 Best Green Holiday decorating Ideas

Timesaving Green Christmas Tips

More Green Decorating Holiday Tips

Best Way to Recycle Used Christmas Greeting Cards


I'll be adding more tips and ideas as we get closer to Christmas. Meanwhile I think you will find plenty to keep you and your kids busy without spending a huge amount.