Who doesn't LOVE getting mail? Call me old-fashioned but when I open the mailbox and see a handwritten envelope I get really excited...well, that and the fact it's not a bill. Christmas makes me extremely happy opening envelopes full of holiday cards and seeing couples, friends, families and their sweet babies and fur babes.
But what do you do with all those cards afterwards? This includes all the extras you have of your own cards, because no matter how close you try to plan to the right amount...it just doesn't happen. Today I'm sharing four ways to use old Christmas cards. All of these DIY's take less than 10 minutes too...I call that a big win.
Inside An Ornament
1. Cut card in to thin strips making sure to try and include any words there may be on it, including names or the year
2. Curl with scissors or your finger
3. Insert strips in to your ornament ball alternating by colors if you have multiple ones
4. Put top back on to seal and attach a ribbon in a bow to complete the look
5. Adorn on your tree and smile remembering the memories
As a Magnet
1. Cut out silhouettes from your card or a smaller shape such as a heart, star or smaller rectangle
2. Attach a small magnet to the back of the shape with hot glue
3. Hang on your surface (I choose the refrigerator) and smile every time you walk by
In a Binder Ring Book
1. Collect Christmas cards
2. Punch a small hole in the top or side of each one
3. Slide on to a binder ring to create a book
4. Display those beautiful faces and places on your coffee table or entertainment stand
As an Ornament
1. Cut the card in to a fun shape
2. Punch a hole in the top
3. Put a ribbon through the hole and tie a bow on top
4. Hang from your tree and make yourself or your friends and family local celebrities in your own home
I love that each ornament brings back fun moments of the years that have passed and can hang around our home all day long.
Here's to new memories, fun and easy DIY projects and not throwing your loved ones' faces in the garbage can on December 26th!