Repurposing the Holidays

January 2, 2019

young girl sitting in front of Christmas tree surrounded by crinkled wrapping paper

The holidays comes with a lot of excess. Do your part and reuse your Christmas cards and wrapping paper to give them a second life away from the recycle bin or trashcan.

Old Christmas cards
Don’t let those gorgeous Christmas cards go to waste, there are plenty of fun, useful ways to repurpose them.

Gift tags 
Use a traditional tag shape, or cut them into stars, snowmen, or Christmas tree shapes. Here’s an easy tutorial on how to make your own basic gift tag from a Christmas card.

Puzzles
If you have young kids, this is a great way to keep them busy at no cost! Use cards that have a clear image on the front, and follow this step-by-step process.

Notepads
It’s fun to have Christmas-themed items during the holidays, and making your own saves you cash. Make your own Christmasy notepad at no cost by reusing your favorite Christmas cards. This tutorial will show you how.

Holiday art
Some Christmas cards are too beautiful to throw away. An easy way to preserve them—and add some festive flair to your home—is to pop them in a frame and hang them on your wall. Free Christmas art!

Tree ornaments
If your tree is sparsely decorated, cut up some old Christmas cards, and turn them into ornaments. It’s a wonderful way to preserve memories, and display them on your tree.

Decorative boxes
If you have small gifts to give (gift cards, earrings, etc.) don’t bother buying a little box. You can make one yourself from your old Christmas cards. Not only will it look pretty, but the handmade gesture will be heartwarming to whoever receives it.

Wrapping paper
Whether it’s excess paper leftover from a gift you wrapped, or the last bit on the roll, don’t toss it out. There are plenty of ways to reuse extra wrapping paper.

Holiday wreath
If you’ve got extra wrapping and a wire coat hanger, you’re all set for this craft project. Double-sided paper works best, but one-sided paper will also do the trick, and leave you with a colorful wreath. The best part of this project is that the paper doesn’t even have to be in good condition. You can use gift-wrap from opened gifts.

Mat background for frames
Spruce up those framed pictures with Santa by using extra wrapping paper as a mat background. Just cut the paper into the size of the frame, and use a photo slightly smaller than the size of the paper, so the paper functions as a pretty border for your picture.

Wrapping paper Christmas tree
This project is fun (get your kids in on the action), and creates a cute decoration for your home. If you have a lot of excess paper, your kids can make one for themselves, to keep in their bedrooms.

Gift bows
Every family has that one person who wants to save all the bows for next year. Maybe you’re that person. Instead of saving mangled bows, make your own from extra wrapping paper. This tutorial will show you how.

Envelopes
Forget using boring white envelopes for notes, cash, and gift cards. Make your own this time! This tutorial will show you how to make gorgeous little envelopes from old wrapping paper.

Bunting
Rather than spend your gift-giving budget on décor, create your own festive bunting from colorful Christmas wrap. The best part is, you can change up the look each year, if you like.


Power of Texas wishes you a happy holiday season, and a wonderful new year. Visit Power of Texas to learn more about saving money (and energy) in 2019.

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