Whether you are a collector, thrifty or just sentimental it is hard to throw away old greeting cards. Rather than having them in boxes and drawers there are all kinds of interesting ways you can use the cards. It is a great way to save money, have fun, be creative and save resources all at the same time.

Most of these ideas are for Christmas cards but many are adaptable to other types of greeting cards. You can also use any paper of a similar weight as greeting cards. Some of the ideas are suited to scout troops, day care or home school groups, care homes, etc.

You will need are scissors, adhesives, ruler, etc. It is also nice to have a paper cutter, corner rounder, circle cutter, hole punches, decorative scissors and scraps of wrapping paper and yarn.

If you get so enthusiastic about these projects that you run out of cards just ask around and you will find people willing to give you theirs. Businesses tend to get a high quality, large size cards.

Folded Boxes

By far the most popular item I teach in the class are folded boxes. These are not really hard to make but kind of hard to explain on paper. It would help to first practice on a piece of thin paper in a large size (about 8 X 8).

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Folded box:
You can use old greeting cards, light card stock, etc. The bigger the box the heavier the paper should be.
Cut two squares. It works best if the box bottom is slightly (about 1/4") smaller than the box top.
You will have a better box if you measure, cut and fold neatly and accurately.
1. Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on the wrong side of you paper (do not fold on these lines, they are just guidelines for making the other folds.
2. Number and letter the corners, center and edges as shown (after you make a few boxes you probably won't have to do all of this)
3. Make all folds using the letters as guides.
After EACH fold you have to unfold it before making the next fold.
Dashed lines on the diagram are fold lines
Fold order:
point A to point E; point B to point E; point C to point E; point D to point E
point A to line ad/ab; point B to line ab/bc; point C to line bc/dc; point D to line dc/ad;
line ad/ab to line DB; line ab/bc to line AC; line bc/dc to line BD; line ad/dc to line AC
4. Cut along folds as indicated by wavy lines on diagram (the four small shaded pieces will be removed).
5. To form box start with point 1 - fold it over twice and then fold it again so it is standing up. Fold the end flaps in at right angles. Do the same with point 2. You should have a box shape with points 3 and 4 sticking out at the sides. For those two (3 and 4) you will make the end fold and then tuck them inside the box as you make the next fold. This can sound a little confusing until you actually try it.  It is best to practice on a large, thin scrap of paper first as I mentioned above.


I just got an email with another idea so I decided to make a section in the file for any other ideas people send me.

A local church makes these up to sell as a fund raiser. They take inexpensive magnetic albums and make a Christmas ABC book. A is for angels; B is for Bells, etc. I know you have some Christmas ABC lists on your site that would give people inspiration for the album. They really looked nice when they were done.  (From Mary W.)