Stay merry! A Valentine project to reuse your holiday cards

I don’t know about you, but it’s so hard for me to throw away Christmas cards after the holidays are over.

Dear friends and family from all over the country have spent time and money to mail me a beautiful card, and it just seems sad to throw them right into the recycling bin when I take down the Christmas tree.

A few years ago, when I was getting Valentine’s decorations up, I noticed the stack of cards still sitting on top of my refrigerator and realized they’d be perfect for a Valentine project—not only are they colorful and printed on beautiful paper, but they feature the faces of the people I love most. Bingo!

I cut hearts out of the cards, strung them on a piece of twine along with some solid red hearts, and then hung it up as a Valentine’s Day heart garland!

It’s an ideal way to extend the life of those pretty cards into another holiday.

To make your own, you’ll need:

  • Holiday cards
  • A heart stencil or cookie cutter
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Twine
  • Small paper hearts (optional)


Trace a heart over your card with your stencil and pencil—I try to get the faces on the card centered if possible—and cut the hearts out carefully.

Tape them to the twine, alternating with the paper hearts if you’re using them.

Hang it up and enjoy those smiling faces all through February!


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