I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like throwing away cards that people send me. A few years ago I did a purge of all the cards I had saved over the years and I gave each one a kiss before placing it in the recycling bin.
In some cases, I was able to reuse the card by cutting it up and using pieces for scrapbook embellishments or even to make new cards. For the cards that I got for the holidays, I decided to create simple bookmarks (or gift tags) to be used in the years to come. This is an easy way to reuse cards for all occasions and a collection of these cute bookmarks would make a great stocking stuffer come next Christmas.
You could even use up leftover Christmas bows and ribbons to embellish your bookmarks. Remember that these will be holding a place in a book, so don’t add too many embellishments because it can warp the book pages. I left my bookmarks as is, but if you’re using an old card as a gift tag, feel free to add stickers, sentiments, ribbons…whatever your little heart desires!
Recycled Christmas Cards Bookmarks and Tags
- Embellishments (optional)
- Lay your cards out and use a ruler and a pencil to create lines where you want to cut your bookmark out. Cut along the lines. If a card is a bit flimsy, you can glue a piece of cardboard to the back or use the backing from the back of the card to thicken your bookmark.
- Embellish your bookmarks with ribbons, stickers, glitter, etc. Remember you want your bookmarks to be flat so they don’t warp pages of a book.
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