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Where Can I Recycle Christmas Cards?

Christmas Cards

Although many people send their Christmas greetings by e-mail these days, most of us will still receive lots of actual Christmas cards.

When Christmas is over, you can easily reuse your Christmas cards or recycle them. The good quailty paper that the cards are made from makes them perfect for crafting, so here are some ideas for making the best use of the materials in those cards.

  1. Use them to make next year's gift tags. Probably the most popular way to reuse your Christmas cards is to use the picture, cut it to size and use it as a gift tag for next year. A Spoonful of Sugar has instructions for a simple way to do this, plus some inspirational ideas for personalised recycled gift tags.
  2. Make paper chains. Easy Peasy; cut your cards into equally sized strips and loop them into one another. Probably the best way I have found to do this is by stapling - glue doesn't work too well.
  3. Make Your Own Xmas Bunting. Bunting is so popular these days, so why not make your own for Christmas? Cut shapes out of your old cards, thread them onto a string and hang them up. Learning4Kids shows you how to make a simple garland, but you could cut out any shape that you like - trees, Santas, even spell out Happy Christmas!
  4. Reuse the Image to Make your Own Cards. Cut to size, stick your favourite images onto blank cards, sign them and pop them in the post!
  5. Jigsaw Puzzles. Cut up the images into pieces to make colourful Christmas puzzles for young children
  6. Greetings Card Box. The good quality card used to make Christmas cards make them perfect for so many crafting ideas. Kinderart shows you how to turn your cards into cute gift bokes. Smaller versions of the boxes, tied up with ribbon, would also make cool tree decorations.
  7. Card Tree Ornaments. As well as the gift boxes, the clever (and more patient) crafters amongst you might like to try out these cool ornaments from Martha Stewart
  8. Take them into M&S. Since 2012, Marks & Spencer have partnered with the Woodland Trust to collect Christmas cards for recycling in their stores. Collecting the high quaility card makes it more appealing to recycling companies, and for every 1000 cards collected in stores M&S will fund one tree to be planted by the Woodland Trust. Collection boxes are available in store throughout January.
  9. Put Them In Your Household Recycling. If you can't make it into a branch of M&S and you're not the crafty type, they can be put into your usual household paper and card recycling, put into recycling bins in your local area (for example a supermarket or car park) or take them to your local household recycling centre. To find details of locations and opening hours Find Your Local Council's Recycling Website.

How to Recycle Your Christmas cards

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