Here’s How One Reader Repurposes Old Greeting Cards

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Have a ton of cards sitting in your junk drawer?

Greeting cards can be so meaningful and sweet, but let’s face it; they take up a ton of space! As hard to let them go as it is, we can’t hold on to them forever. However, this week’s Happy Friday reader Anna came up with a clever way to repurpose them.

cutting greeting cards

I hate to throw away pretty cards that I receive in the mail, but I don’t have the space to save them all. I have decided to reuse them for my own notes to friends and family.

rounding corners of cards

I use my paper cutter and corner rounder to turn the fronts of cards and thank you’s into new useable cards.

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Once you have your cards, you can use them in a multitude of ways!

  • The fronts of notecards (if the appropriate size) can be used as a postcard. I once made a Snoopy postcard from a card someone else sent me — I used it for Postcrossing!
  • The fronts can also be used to write a quick note to a teacher or used to put a note in a lunch box.
  • They could be saved for craft projects, scrapbooking, or cut to make a bookmark.

As Anna mentioned, you can use “thank you” cards for teachers, or even branch out to use them for coworkers and even delivery drivers. We love thanking our delivery drivers to brighten up their days and show some appreciation!

The cards without text can be used in SO many ways! We love Anna’s idea of using them for bookmarks and crafting. You can use them to create labels, gift embellishments, gift tags, journaling, and other craft projects. As just one fun idea, you could use your leftover greeting cards to create this gift topper and just switch up the design a bit to match the theme.

How do you use up leftover cardstock? Tell us in the comments below.

thank you cards on counter

Need some thank you cards ASAP? Lina designed adorable printable Thank You cards!

I’m definitely trying this with all the cards I have laying around my home!

Thank you, Anna, for sharing this simple yet clever idea when it comes to repurposing old greeting cards. My favorite part was the extra touch of the corner puncher because, while it’s not totally necessary, it adds a unique, polished touch that makes it more personal and less “reused”.


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About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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Comments 11

  1. Valerie Spellmeyer

    Love this! Eco friendly too!

  2. Jennifer

    These are so cute! I can’t believe how much of a difference rounding the edges makes. They look like they were purchased that way. : ) Thanks for sharing!

  3. camerahandi

    I cut the card fronts off, cut with decorative scissors and glue the recycled front onto cardstock paper that I’ve cut and folded in card size. You can then add any embellishments you want.

  4. Tracey

    So fun! My mom uses her old Christmas cards to make gift tags and when the grandkids were younger, she used card fronts to write scavenger hunt clues to keep the busy on Christmas day. I’ve seen on Pinterest where folks cut hexagon shapes from each of their wedding cards and join them together and frame them; have been meaning to show it to my daughter who is getting married next month.
    I really love how you used the corner rounder; they look so polished; thanks for the fun ideas!

  5. SueJo

    I love this whole post! I had never heard of postcrossing. This would be great to do with your children! Also, thank you Lina, for the fun notecards that you designed!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh… you’re welcome! I love a cute thank you card! This is a great idea!

  6. relaxyourback

    Cool ideas! I’d never seen a corner rounder, it makes the cards look nicely finished! 👍🏻

  7. Cindy

    I used to do this when my children were little. I saved the old birthday cards and cut them. How many kids actually look at the card? Cards are too expensive not to recycle them. I received a beautiful card one time with pressed flowers on it. I framed it and put it in my bathroom.

    Thanks for your great ideas!

  8. Kimber

    Old Christmas cards can be used as gift tags for Christmas presents! Never buy gift tags again!

    • Nicole (Hip Sidekick)

      Great idea, Kimber!

  9. Lee

    I was a teacher for many years and I always saved cards and reused in my classroom as a writing center. I would also ask friends, family, and parents to donate theirs to add to the collection. Kids loved them and it saved the cost of purchasing paper or other materials.

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