I will admit that we have never had an organized Christmas card display technique. We try to stand them all on a shelf where we can see them each day, and then the kids get after them, and they never stay standing and they end up on a nice pile on the shelf.
And then, well now, it’s time to go through the stack of cards and recycle them into something useful. They are always so pretty and I can’t stand to throw them away when someone was thoughful enough to send them, but I can’t pack them up to use another time either.
Why? You ask. Well because we already have 3 boxes of old cards stacked in the basement, some dating back as far as 40 years….I’m not kidding…and I can’t bear to throw those away either.
So rather than stack the cards in the basement for all eternity, we made them into some fun bookmarks and gift tags for next year.
We made the bookmarks to use as gifts, plus we each made one with a favorite card and wrote a few memories and special gifts that we gave or received on the back as a keepsake. There’s a video and directions of how we made them at our main kidoozy website.
The cards that weren’t really usable for bookmarks we used for gift tags to dress up next year’s gifts. We cut out any size and shape depending on what worked with the design, and then we wrote ‘To’ and ‘From’ on the back or front.
So if you have bored kids, and some Christmas cards still floating around, get a head start on Christmas 2009.