How to recycle Christmas card covers

Written by miranda brumbaugh
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How to recycle Christmas card covers
Christmas cards pile up after each holiday season, so find a new home for them. (Getty Thinkstock)

Christmas cards are a tradition for most Americans, with more than 2 billion cards sent out during the holiday season each year. Keep these cards out of the dump by giving them new life. The majority of Christmas card covers are made from paper or cardboard, both of which are recyclable. Give new purpose to the elegant artwork that is often not specific to Christmas or send these card covers to children's groups who can use these cards for special projects.

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Things you need

  • Christmas cards
  • Scissors
  • Card stock
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • 7.5 to 10 cm (3- to 4-inch) long holly leaf stencil
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 100 toothpicks
  • 25 cm (10-inch) foam wreath

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    Cut the front cover of the card down the folded line. Keep the back page of the card as a memento, as it typically contains a personal message or sender's signature, or recycle the back along with the card cover.

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    Remove any musical features, plastic, foil or metal from the card cover. Cut these off and discard in the garbage since these pieces are not recyclable.

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    Place the paper card cover in your recycling bin or drop them off at a local recycling centre.

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    Save the card covers in your craft supply box. Cut images from the cardboard to glue onto handmade cards for birthdays, thank you notes or greeting cards, as many Christmas covers feature images not related to the holiday.

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    Make new Christmas cards using the old card covers, adding new life through trimmed edges, layering on card stock or adding glitter.

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    Contact your local community centre to see if they could use the card covers for art supplies. Ask an elementary school classroom teacher or art director if they would like the Christmas card covers for students to use in collages.

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    Trace holly shapes at random on the face of Christmas card covers. Cut out the holly shapes.

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    Use hot glue to attach a toothpick to the back of each holly leaf. Leave one inch of the toothpick protruding from the bottom of the holly leaf shape.

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    Insert the toothpick holly leaves into the foam wreath starting with a ring in the inner circle of the wreath. Continue inserting picks in a circular fashion until you reach the perimeter of the wreath. Overlap the leaves to give the wreath volume.

Tips and warnings

  • Cut out the lettering from card covers and use the letters for scrapbooking.
  • Cut out images and use as drawing or paint stencils.

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