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Homemade gift boxes and decorations from last year’s Christmas cards

Every year over 2.5 billion Christmas cards are thrown away in the UK alone. Not only is this filling up landfill, but it’s also a huge waste of paper and trees. We’ve got some great Christmas ideas for you to make with last years cards.

What I like about reusing old Christmas cards is that you can use every part of them.  Not just the main picture, but the insides as well.  The poems inside can make really interesting little boxes and stars – and you can also add a personalised message on them.

These step by step guides and clear photos will show you how to make…

Christmas 3D stars that you can hang as decorations or use as gift tags

xmas star5These easy to make stars are fabulous tree decorations – or can be used as very special gift tags with a wow factor.

Or you can scatter them around the table as part of a show-stopping table dressing for Christmas day.

»Full photo instructions and download free templates

Hanging boxes to adorn your tree or as personal touch to table settings

»»»hanging box6These little gift boxes are perfect for small but special gifts – such as jewellery. You can hang them on the tree.

Alternatively they make great holders for sweets or treats for little children – again a nice thing to hang on the Christmas tree

» Full photo instructions and free template download

Neat little gift boxes – just fold – no need for glue or tape

gift box14These are the perfect minimalist craft – no glueing or taping – all you need is a pair of scissors, our template and a pencil!

They look fabulous though – perfect for a really special gift – and you make them bigger or smaller – irresistible!

» Full instructions and free templates here


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» Templates for gift boxes and stars from Make it and Mend it

Tip Don’t worry if you haven’t got any old Christmas cards to hand, you can use any greetings cards, or you can always buy new card or stiff paper from any craft or art shop. But don’t throw this year’s cards away.  Put them away with the decorations and you will have a great supply of free card for next year’s projects.

Of course you can recycle your cards and a number of stores run recycling initiatives, such as Tesco or WHSmith in the UK. But here at Make it and Mend it we prefer to adopt a more creative approach to our recycling and we believe that with a little bit of snipping and a little bit of sticking you can remake your old Christmas cards into lovely decorations for your home. Have a go and send us your photos – or put them on our » Forum or » Facebook Page

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There are 3 comments

  1. Posted by Greengoddess on December 3, 2009 at 11:02pm

    What a great way to use up all your old Christmas cards. I could do this with birthday cards as well.

  2. Posted by Friendly Flo on December 3, 2009 at 11:11pm

    They would be nice filled with homemade chocolates as table settings!

  3. Posted by SoHouseProud on December 31, 2011 at 12:17am

    So fond of the gift box idea! Recycling Christmas cards stops now. Upcycling them instead starts.

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