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What to do with Christmas cards

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One of my favorite things about Christmas is getting Christmas cards in the mail. It’s so fun to see pictures from friends and family and I love putting them up on display in my home through the holiday season. However after Christmas is over… I’m always wondering what to do with Christmas cards.


However, do you ever wonder what to do with Christmas cards after the season is over? I have always filed them away, but to be honest, they’ve stayed nice and snug in that filing cabinet.


I came across this amazing idea from the girls at Eighteen 25 and knew I had to make one of these books. They have a FREE printable you can download here. I LOVE how theirs turned out, but I knew with my two little munchkins I needed to have  my book bound and protected.


So I headed over to my local Office Max and found a cute binder. I’m like a little girl in a candy store walking into Office Max. Is that weird? I love buying new office supplies. I also had about 10 copies of the printable made. My grand total was around six bucks. Not too shabby!


I needed to get this project done asap, so I SIMPLIFIED it big time. I just taped the cards on 8×11 sheets of  white card stock and stuck them in a page protector. A lot of the pictures still had tape on them, which made it even easier! There was absolutely no stamping or glitter involved and I’m okay with that. I’m learning to simplify my scrapbooks… there’s just not enough time anymore. 🙂


I finished 2011, 2010 and 2009 and stuck the rest of the printables in the back of the book. It was fun looking back through the years. My kids loved flipping through the book and pointing to their cousins. This will be a fun keep sake to have for years to come.

So I’m curious… what do you do with your old Christmas cards?


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  1. i have a large scrapbook that i’ve been stuffing the cards/photos in each year, planning to do something like this! the printable is cute, i’ll have to get started on this project.

    1. Great idea:)

      I always keep special birthday & Christmas cards etc. I usually put them in page protectors in my memory books.

      I can’t believe at times how some people don’t keep cards from their husband/partner/children. If I had someone special I would keep things like this every year as I’d be so grateful to have someone.

      1. I always keep special cards too, I could never throw them away! Thanks for the idea of putting them in memory books…I have a bunch I needed to protect!

  2. I throw mine out at the end of the holiday **gasp** 🙂 I just don’t have that much family that sends picture Christmas cards so they’re really not worth keeping for us. Cute cute idea though!!!

  3. Creative Memories sells an album where you just slide pictures in it, but it is archival quality. It’s a large album that I have named “Family and Friends” and in it I put not only my Christmas card pictures but also those random weird onesy-twosy pictures that someone will give you at the odd moment throughout the year that you just don’t really know what to do with and doesn’t really work on a “scrapbook page”. It’s wonderful and so fun to look through each year as we add to the collection.

  4. I love the name of your blog! Looking forward to reading more! I totally love the office supply aisle of any store and got my kid hooked on love of post-its young on purpose 🙂 He at 4 has his own stash of supplies. As of a year ago 🙂 I started putting my cards in my December Daily album but love this idea to get the years prior – since 1998 out of file folders and into books. Love this – thank you for sharing!

  5. You know, I tend to just stick them in the box of wrapping supplies and then I stumble across them next Christmas…I like your idea better!!! 🙂 I think I’m adopting this new tradition next year! 🙂

  6. I’ve been making these books for a few years now and I love them! I use the old fashioned scrapbooks, the kind with pages instead of page protectors, and just get them in without much fanfare. I love putting the book under the tree and flipping through it during the holidays to see how everyone’s families have grown! Can’t wait to use the new printable in the front of this year’s cards! Thanks!

  7. I keep all my Christmas cards from the first year my husband and I were together. They are bound together just with an elastic band and a note saying which year and then put into one of those fancy storage boxes we used to keep pictures in. I love going through them every year and seeing where the cards came from and how the families have changed. I really like this idea of the download to identify each year. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I saw this on eighteen25 but didn’t think I’d have time to do it. Thanks for sharing how you did and SO easily too! Now I’m super motivated to mine. Sometimes the simplest way is best, right?! 🙂

    1. I forgot to tell you what I usu. do with the cards. I have been filing them away in a photo box that’s under a bed. But they haven’t really been looked at that way. I’m going to get right on doing this! Thanks!

  9. I cut the covers off the cards I liked and stashed them in my paper collection for potential Christmas projects next year. I hole punched all the picture cards and placed one regular card cover (with the year written in black sharpie) on the top and tied ribbon through the cards. Cute little flip book of all the pictures we received.

  10. For photo cards, I used to use 4×6 bound albums. I would cut off the name tab and hide them behind the photo in the photo pocket. Now with the new larger photo cards (many with multiple photos) I end up displaying my faovrite photo in the slot and storing the rest behind it. For me, a cut photo card stored in an album to enjoy is better than a complete card stored away. So, with that said, I LOVE this. I am going to look into it later today. My cards are still up and waiting to find their permanent homes. Thank you!

  11. I LOVE this idea!!! Thank you!!!
    Did you use one binder for all 3 years or 3 different binders – one for every year? I definitely save all our picture cards…but never knew what to do with them after the holidays! And, I’m trying to simplify my life as well!!!
    Thanks, Happy New Year!

  12. I saw this on eighteen 25 too, but didn’t want to put holes in my Christmas cards! Now I know what I’m going to do! Thanks! P.S….I’m a nerd too and LOVE office stores! ♥ Jill

  13. i LOVE it!!!! now i’m wondering how many I actually kept…hmmm….but this could definitely be a good idea for bday cards, too…off to find all the cards around the house, LOL!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  14. I love this idea and I have to admit that I can’t bear to throw away old cards. I have stacks of them and just this year started using them in my art journal for December and cutting the fronts up to make gift tags for FUTURE use. If there is writing on the back you can always glue the picture to a piece of plain paper or cardstock.

    Happy New Year

  15. I used to recycle all my cards because I didn’t want the clutter. The amazing Pinterest inspired me to keep them and make a little book this year! Mine was simple: I just stacked all the cards together by size, clamped them together really tight, then drilled a hole in the upper left corner while they were all clamped. I then inserted a metal ring to hold them together and put the little book in my decorations box for next year! I’m definitely going to do this every year! Yours looks so cute!

  16. I turn mine into open top boxes. Fill a clear plastic bag with homemade caramel corn, sugar cookies or peanut clusters. Insert filled bag into box and continue to fill to over the top of the box and tie it off with a festive beautiful bow! Re-Cycle and Re-Give! Trying to send a picture with no luck :(. So festive!

  17. Neat idea! One of my friends just shared another idea she read in her devotional….use the picture cards as bookmarks and as you come across the the pictures throughout the year you can pray for that family. 🙂

  18. I do several things with my old ones. Sometimes I use the covers or parts of the covers to gift tags or for decorating gift bags. I also use them for post cards (during the season) if they are not written on the back side of the picture. With the sentimental ones I would add them to the Christmas section of my scrapbook. But now that I have gone digital I scan them and add them to my digital scrapbook!

  19. I love this idea! Sadly, I got rid of most of ours from years past when we relocated. BUT I kept the ones we got this year so I will be doing this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. I love Christmas cards, I cut them up and use them all year for other cards, decorations and the ones with family pictures, I use placecards for family dinners.

  21. I also saw the post on Eighteen 25 but I ten to get quite a few letters with my Christmas cards and didn’t know how I could include those. BUT… if I use a binder like you they’ll fit right in! Thanks so much for the great idea!!

  22. I keep them for the year and when it’s time for a new christmas season i go through, re read them and then toss them. so i guess to be honest, they sit in our closet for a year just collecting dust. we don’t get many christmas cards. it makes me sad because i remember as a little kid we would have TONS in the basket our mom used to hold them all. i think it’s a “dying art”. sad.

  23. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing the idea and printable cover. I think this idea would work for the children’s birthday cards, put them in just like the Christmas Cards, for every year up to (& include) their 18th birthday. Also include their baby shower & baptism/christening cards. What a nice way to look back over their birthdays, etc. This would also work for wedding cards & bridal shower cards.

  24. After retiring 4 years ago and moving out of my childhood home, I found 38 years worth of birthday, Christmas, valentine and wedding cards in a box. I also found and started updating my albums ie wedding album I added my cards….my Christmas cards from that year were also added. Sadly, most of the people at our wedding are either deceased or divorced!!! All the cards that my daughter and son made were carefully canned and added to their albums – and to my grand-children albums – well they don’t make many cards but they do love their art work – they were added to their albums. The few cards that I do receive, I cut them up and use them as backgrounds for Xmas pics. Looks pretty good and I feel I am recycling!!! 🙂

  25. When my children were younger I would put them in a decorative box on my kitchen table. Every week we would pull one out and pray for the family/person throughout the week before meals or devotional times. If I was really on the ball – ! – I would send a little note letting the person know we had pulled their Christmas card and were praying for them!

  26. I use old Christmas cards to make pictures for the next Christmas. I cut out round balls and use ribbon and glue them paper or artist canvas and use scrapbook letters to turn them into wonderful Christmas Pictures.

  27. my mom taught me how to use cards to make card bowls 
    Out of them like they use to in the old days. 

  28. These are great! Thanks so much for sharing! I went back and organized all my Christmas cards from years past. Any chance you have an updated version for 2015 and beyond? 🙂 Thanks so much! 

    1. We don’t have 2015 and beyond right now – but we did include a blank one so that you could write the year in. 🙂