Do you keep old Christmas cards every year? This is an easy way to recycle those cards and make a DIY that will be a big hit with this year’s decorations.
All you need is one of those Cutie Crates, Halo Crates, Clementine Crates… whatever name you call them. PS – the kids will eat the clementines and they are healthy for them!!! Oh and your old Christmas cards, some Mod Podge and a sponge or brush. And scissors of course.
Separate the cards into those with “bigger” scenery pictures, and those with smaller pictures. Cut out the smaller pictures and “guess-place” them around the outside of the crate. Use the bigger cards for the inside.
Once you have the cards in the place you want them, use the Mod Podge on both sides to glue and secure the cards. You will need a little extra finesse to glue over the staples. If the card is not sticking to the crate, use gentle pressure to ease the Mod Podge into the nooks and it will eventually meld into each other.
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I tried to keep a consistent theme on each side. I also used a large wreath to stand a little higher in the front. If you are super crafty and want to go a step further, you can easily decorate the wood pieces on each of the corners.
I even provided you with four great ideas of how to use your new fabulous crate! First, you can use it as decorations for Christmas ball ornaments….
… or maybe some pine cones… bonus points if they are gilded.
Here’s a novel idea…. how about a container to hold your new Christmas cards! I know, right?!?!?
And finally, it can hold your Christmas CD’s. What are some of your favorite Christmas songs? Mine is the Carol of the Bell.
And there you have it. Easy, right? Trust me, I don’t do complicated. Especially this time of year!
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Love, hugs, and wondering what the next cutie DIY will be.HERE.
Holly- heard Carol of the Bells on the radio the other day and thought about you – Mom
Hi Mom – You know it’s my favorite!!! LYB, H.
Awh, it’s just lovely! You could even use it to delivery presents to the family – I’m thinking of my brothers family – there are 9 of them, I could pop all their pressies in a cute little crate.
Hi Julie – What a great idea! Thanks so much for stopping by to share! Happy holidays and hugs, Holly
G’day Thx for stopping by and sharing this at our #SayGdayParty Pinned
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I love Christmas cards! In fact, for those who know me, I’m a bit of a stationery geek. Any time of the year. Your clever, creative idea of using the cards to decorate a box (love that it is a wood box vs cardboard too) is awesome. Visiting you via SITSShareFest. Have a lovely weekend.
Hi Barb – Thank you somuch for stopping by to say hello! I’m always up for a great cutie crate DIY! Happy holidays and hugs, Holly
Hope you had lots of merry on Christmas day Holly. Wondering if I could feature your card crate on my site next week? I will give credit to you and link back to your site. Let me know if you would be interested. I think lots of people would love your idea before they throw out their cards. xoxxo
Hi Barb – Yes, absolutely, what an honor! Thanks so much! Hugs, Holly
What a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to reuse my old Christmas cards. Thanks so much for sharing it! #ibabloggers
Hi Michelle – Thanks so much! I heart #ibabloggers! Happy holidays and hugs, Holly
Just found you through Funky Junk Interiors. What great ideas! Our cuties come in mesh bags…going on the lookout for boxes!
Hi Kathy – It’s hit or miss at the commissary if they are in boxes or bags so I’m always on the look out! Thanks so much for stopping by! I heart Funky Junk!!! Happy holidays and hugs, Holly
Great idea for creating some inexpensive and sentimental decor. Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday.
Hi Ginger – Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello! Happy holidays and hugs, Holly
Such a great craft and who doesn’t love recycling those old holiday cards! Love it….
Hi Christine – You are too sweet, thank you so much! Happy holidays and hugs, Holly
What an awesome idea!!! I’m definitely pinning this one!! Thank you so much for sharing on the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!!!
Hi CD – Thank you so much for stopping by and pinning! Happy holidays and hugs, Holly
Fabulous idea!!! I love this gorgeous idea! Thanks for sharing!
I wish you and family a Merry Christmas!
Hugs from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
Hi Ana – Thank you so much for stopping by to share and big hugs and Merry Christmas to you and yours in Portugal! Holly
This is fabulously clever, Holly. Thank you for sharing. I’m pinning… and doing! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Hi Lisa – Thank you for stopping by and pinning! Christmas blessings to you and your family! Hugs, Holly
What a great idea! I always save my Christmas cards year to year and never know what to do with them. Pinned!
HI AnnMarie – Thank you so much for pinning! Christmas blessings to you and your family! Hugs, Holly
I never know what to do with old Christmas cards. What a great idea! I love this!
Hi Leesha – Thanks so much – always fun to come up with new ideas. Merry Christmas and holiday hugs, Holly
Really cute! Great idea 🙂
Hi Laurel – Thank you for your kind words! Merry Christmas and holiday hugs, Holly
Love your idea, oh do I collect Christmas Cards, just shared Christmas Card placemats on Funky Junk, great to see you using them. Merry Christmas
Hi Marilyn – Awesome, can’t wait to see them! Merry Christmas and holiday hugs, Holly