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Although many more people send their Christmas greetings by e-mail these days, it is still really nice to receive actual Christmas cards from our nearest and dearest.
But, what can we do with the cards once Christmas is over?
For many years retailers across the UK collected Christmas cards in branches of popular stores such as Marks & Spencer, Sainsburys, Tesco and WHS. These were collected to raise money for the Woodland Trust.
The Woodland Trust no longer collects them. Instead you are now recommended to recycle your cards in your household recycling collection or at a local recycling centre.
Before you recycle them remember:-
When Christmas is over, you can easily reuse your Christmas cards for crafts.
The good quality 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.
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.
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.
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!
Cut your favourite images from last year's cards to size, stick them onto blank greetings cards, sign them and pop them in the post!
Or you could use the images to make clever Christmas-themed collages if you are a bit more crafty.
You can cut up the images from the cards into pieces to make colourful Christmas jigsaw puzzles for young children.
The good quality card used to make Christmas cards make them perfect for so many crafting ideas. Spruce Crafts shows you how to turn your cards into cute gift boxes.
Smaller versions of the boxes, tied up with ribbon, would also make cool tree decorations.
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.
To find details of locations and opening hours here is where you can Find Your Local Council's Recycling Website.
Plus don't forget that you can also recycle your used postage stamps and help raise mony for a good cause too.