(Closed) Christmas Cards, Birthday Cards, etc… What do you do with them?

posted 6 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@HereWeGo:  If I have paper shopping bags that are in good shape (say from Aveda or Godiva or smething) I often take the front of Christmas cards and glue them to the bag (over the store’s logo)  to make Chrsitmas gift bags. Try to find similar cards for each side.

My parents take the best cards and display them every year.

But otherwise they re just in a box on my shelf. I just can’t stand throwing them away.

Post # 4
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My mother has always reused Christmas cards in a way I like. She cuts the front off of one that she’d had in her card box for awhile and sticks that to a present. Then she writes the to and from on the front of the card. They’re like giant, beautiful, recycled lables for presents. It doesn’t work with all Christmas cards obviously, but I have always liked digging through that box trying to find a good card to go on a present. Every single person this year sent me a card they had written on the front of, or a card that is a picture of their family. My collection of cards hasn’t started growing yet.

Post # 5
2418 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I save them. But, I’m extremely weird like that. I saw an idea on Pinterest that I want to do in the future-you punch holes in the Christmas cards and then stick one of those metal O rings through it. Instant Christmas card book.

Post # 6
4062 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I recycle them. I display them for a while, then when all the Christmas decorations come down, they get recycled.

Post # 7
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@Smashing:  +1. I do that too!!! I also cut up old Christmas cards and glue the pictures onto new blank cards to make my own Christmas cards. The photo cards I keep in a shoebox in my closet, because I think they’re really sweet to look back on.

Post # 8
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Mrs. Wallaby:  Making new cards out of them is a really good idea! I like that a lot.

Post # 9
4375 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I keep any that have special meaning to me (like I have my late grandma’s last birthday card to me), and any that people wrote “real” notes in, and then throw the rest out.  The kept ones are in a shoebox for now… I might collect them in a photo album or binder eventually.

Post # 11
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I keep special ones in pretty storage boxes.

If they are nice and I was going to recycle them a good lot of mine I make into gift tags like another poster above mentioned – saves so much money and is so easy and fun.

I recycle the rest.

Post # 12
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ehh maybe I’m the only one…but I throw them out.  I don’t really make the emotional connection to things like that.

I did keep all of my bridal shower and wedding cards and make the pinterest book out of it.  But it took FOREVER and I’ll probably never look at it again :/

Post # 13
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I use them for other projects (mosaics, paper houses, etc).

Post # 14
5371 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

I keep any cards I get that are special (e.g. from a close family member or friend, a card that has a long message inside, a card that was probably really expensive). I keep all of our ‘congrats on your engagement’ cards in my wedding planning binder and the rest of the cards I usually keep in a drawer in our living room. As a kid, I always saved cards in a drawer in my bedroom so I still have most of my special childhood cards. My mom would sometimes put the less special ones in our crafty type cupboard so that I could make collages with them and stuff.

Post # 15
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

After a while, they go into the recycling bin.  I keep baby announcements and wedding invitations (so I can remember to put birthdays and anniversaries on my calendar), but that’s it.

My husband was extremely sentimental and had almost every birthday card he was given as an adult in a storage bin.  Watching a few episodes of Hoarders was the catalyst for him to got through the bin and clear a lot of things out.  Funny how that show makes you want to clean and purge…

Post # 16
4284 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I use to save all of my cards. But honestly after moving a few times, they are just extra baggage. I did save all of our wedding cards!

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