I never feel right about throwing Christmas cards away. There is something about personal family photos that make it impossible to just put them in the trash (especially the awkward ones).
A few years ago, I decided to bind them together with book rings and hang them up. On Christmas day, we love to flip through them and see how all of the kids have grown!
These are really simple to make, all you need are a few small tools and some precious time.
Supplies for Recycled Holiday Card Books
~ a hole punch
How to Make DIY Recycled Holiday Card Books
Start by arranging them from smallest to biggest.
Next, cut off any backs that don’t include photos. Sometimes, I will cut out the greeting and tape it to the back just so we remember ages and names.
Next, punch two holes at the edge of the smallest card. Use this card as a template for all of the rest.
Lastly, bind them together with the rings.
This project is so easy that I have now enlisted my kids to do it all for me! It’s great in many ways: They can see all of the photos of their friends, get to know some kids they’ve only heard about, punch holes, use the cool book rings mommy has been saving, and lastly…they can all fight about who does what!
Happy hole punching!
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Got mine done today. Thank you for the great idea!!
Thank you for posting this great idea! I’m so happy to have an organized way to save these beautiful cards. Just finished the project and look forward to making them each year.
Thank you! This is just what I needed. I too never throw away Christmas cards. People spend time and energy on them and o cherish them year after year. After 20 years of doing this though, I have a ton of cards. Great idea!
Just curious, how do you handle trifold cards? Not sure whether to cut them apart or fold corners back to get them to fit.
Hi Michelle, I usually just cut them up into three cards.