Recycle All Those Saved Christmas & Holiday Cards

Dec 10, 2014

In keeping with the “I’m using what I have for Christmas and cutting out the needless things I don’t” I recycled some saved Christmas cards and created two super easy gift card holders from one Christmas card. I know I’m not the only person that saves holiday cards. I cannot throw Christmas cards of any kind away. I love them all and especially cherish the ones that have my grandparents signatures inside.

Step 1

I started with a Christmas card that measured 4″ x 5.75″ but you can use any card size you want. This size just allowed me to keep the entire image without having to cut it down to fit a gift card. My completed gift card holders measure 2.75″ x 4″.

Once you have your card picked out and if you’re like me and save all your Christmas cards you had to go through quite a few. Now using a paper trimmer cut the Christmas card in half horizontally as shown in the photo above.

Step 2

Using a Fiskars medium sized circle punch I punched a 1/4 circle at the opening of the gift card holder. The top card I decided to punch a 1/4 circle on the front then punched a 1/4 circle on the back of the bottom card. The reason I punched my 1/4 circles in two different areas was so I could keep the wording from inside the card from being shown.

Step 3

To create the pocket of the gift card holder, using my sewing machine and white thread I stitched a straight stitch all around the top, left and bottom edges of the card.

Stickles for accents

Step 4 ~ Stickles

I decided to distress the edges of one gift card holder then added a little sparkle by accenting areas on both gift card holders using Diamond Stickles.


And there ya go… super cute and very original gift card holders. And since the back of most Christmas cards are solid in color you have the perfect spot to write who it’s for along with a holiday sentiment.


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