Holiday Gift Tags made from recycled Christmas cards

Recycling Cards into Gift Tags

If you are still busy working on the last Weekend Project20 Crafty Recycling Projects You Can Make With Your Christmas Tree, you will be happy to see this quick and easy project for this week, recycling Christmas cards into gift tags. It’s simple, reduces waste, and is a great way to save the thoughtful holiday cards you were lucky enough to receive.

Holiday Gift Tags made from recycled Christmas cards


  • Christmas cards
  • Tag punch or scissors
  • hole punch


1. Gather all your pretty Christmas cards and recycle any parts with handwritten or personalized sentiments.

Christmas Cards

2. If you have a tag punch this next step will take mere minutes. Just position, punch, and ta-da! You have a gift tag. This would also work with round or flower shaped punches, or if you don’t have any of those you can use scissors. I must say that I use my punch far more than I thought I would. I can recycle tissue boxes, packaging, and other decorative card stock into pretty tags that are handy with all the handmade stuff I give away.

tag punch

3. For some cards you may be able to get a bunch of tags…

Making Gift Tags from Christmas Cards

…others may only have one image that will work…

Recycling Holiday Cards into Gift Tags

…and with some you can use the sentiment as long as it fits well in the area.

Turning Cards into Gift Tags

4. The final step is to punch a hole in the top of each tag. You can now store them away until next year when you unpack the tags and memories of this holiday season.

Punch holes in gift tags

Thanks for visiting the Weekend Project!


About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Patti
    PattiJanuary 5,13

    This a great idea to recycle! Thanks for sharing is easy fun craft!

  2. Sheila @sZinteriors
    Sheila @sZinteriorsJanuary 5,13

    Such a great idea, Stevie! And I just happen to have my cards still piled waiting for me to decide what to do with them next! I really appreciate this share, Thank you :-)

  3. melanie watts
    melanie wattsJanuary 6,13

    I’ve been doing this for years, it’s a great idea.

  4. Amanda - Cupcakes and Corndogs
    Amanda - Cupcakes and CorndogsJanuary 6,13

    Great idea!! I so wish I had seen this before I threw all my cards from this year away!

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  5. Jen
    JenJanuary 17,13

    What a great idea, I always hate just throwing away all the lovely cards we’ve received and I still have them from this Christmas so I think at the weekend I’ll get making some gift tags! Thank you!

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    Landscaping Services AucklandJanuary 23,13

    Wow thanks, I am going to show this to my wife. She is a huge hoarder of cards.

  7. Sabrina
    SabrinaJuly 19,13

    These are adorable!! I still have a stack of Christmas cards I received, along with a box of cheap cards I picked up on clearance. Thanks for the idea!

  8. Mark
    MarkApril 21,14

    What a great idea to recycle cards, till now I had been throwing all my cards. This could be helpful to many.

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  10. Mike
    MikeNovember 23,14

    With xmas around the corner, this is a excellent idea. I’ve got a ton of these old cards in the attic. And lots of variety too.

  11. Jen Hoo
    Jen HooMarch 31,17

    Great idea, Really interesting!!. Thank for sharing!!

  12. Stephen
    StephenSeptember 1,17

    Thanks for sharing this idea, Stephanie.This is really adorable.After reading this article I learn the real usage of cards.I will try this soon.

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