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Upcycled Christmas Card Books Tutorial


DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books | https://www.roseclearfield.com

I absolutely love receiving Christmas cards. It’s one of my favorite parts of the holiday season and something I look forward to all year. But then what do you do with them when the holidays are over? I hung onto my cards for years, not wanting to get rid of them but not knowing what to do with them. Then one day, I found an image online for upcycled Christmas card books. SOLD. I made my backlog of cards into books and have been making Christmas card books ever since.

DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Over the last few years, I’ve developed a few techniques for my books to preserve the cards as well as the letters and photos for years to come. As you finish transitioning out of the holiday season and taking down the Christmas decorations (yes, some of us are still doing that in mid-January), think about upcycling your cards into a cute little book for the living room bookshelves or coffee table.

Upcycled Christmas card books supplies:

DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books | https://www.roseclearfield.com

I also use a paper cutter for slicing the cardstock and a three-hole punch for punching the Christmas cards. I personally own both of these items and love them.

Gather your Christmas cards, letters, and photos from the past holiday season.

DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books - Christmas cards, letters, and photos ready for the book. | https://www.roseclearfield.com

You’ll actually be using the three-hole punch to punch two holes in each Christmas card. The way my three-hole punch is designed, you can’t center the holes for most Christmas cards, which is okay with me. If you want perfectly centered cards, use a single hole punch.

DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books - Punched Christmas cards. | http://www.roseclearfield

For smaller cards, you may only be able to punch one hole, which is fine. I place the smaller cards toward the middle of the book so they’ll stay anchored.

DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books - Punch small cards with one hole and place them in the middle of your book so they stay anchored. | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Cut the cardstock into two pieces so you have 8″ x 5.5″ pieces of cardstock. The number of pieces you’ll need for the book will depend on the number of letters and photos you’re including in the book. Again, you won’t be able to center the cardstock holes. If you want centered holes, use a single hole punch.

DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books - Red cardstock cut in halves for gluing Christmas photos and letters. | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Choose one Christmas card to use for the cover. I like to create a small year label with red cardstock on the cover card.

DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books - I like to use a portrait oriented Christmas card with no photo for the cover. | https://www.roseclearfield.com

There are a couple different ways I add Christmas letters to the book. For single-sided letters, I fold the letter into quarters and glue one quarter to the cardstock so you can open up the letter.

DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books - How I glue a single-sided letter. | http://www.roseclearfield

For the double-sided letters, I glue an envelope to the cardstock, and keep the letter in the envelope. I use my own business-sized envelopes, but you can use the original envelopes. Let the envelopes dry completely before adding the letters.

DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books - I glue an envelope to red cardstock for each double-sided letter. | https://www.roseclearfield.comDIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books - I glue an envelope to red cardstock for each double-sided letter. | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Typically, I also glue the photos to the cardstock. If there’s a detailed message or other info on the back you want to remember (i.e. the names and ages of the kids), you may want to write the message on the cardstock or punch the photo. Let the glue dry completely.

DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books - I glue the photos to red cardstock. If there's a message or info on the back of the photos (i.e. kids' ages), you may want to write it on the cardstock. | https://www.roseclearfield.com

When you’ve finished preparing the letters and photos, arrange all of the cards, letters, and photos in the book rings. Close up the book rings. Enjoy your new upcycled Christmas card books!

DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books | https://www.roseclearfield.comDIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books | https://www.roseclearfield.comDIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books | https://www.roseclearfield.comDIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books | https://www.roseclearfield.comDid you make upcycled Christmas card books? I’d love to see them! Tag your photo #RoseClearfield on Twitter or Instagram, send me a snap on Snapchat (randomcreative), or post a photo to my Facebook page, and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

DIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books | https://www.roseclearfield.comDIY Upcycled Christmas Card Books | https://www.roseclearfield.com

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  • Sarah Jean Althouse January 17, 2017, 12:43 pm

    It is so nice to meet someone with the same love of Christmas cards. This is a super cute idea!

    • Rose January 17, 2017, 10:37 pm

      Thanks, Sarah!

  • Edi January 17, 2017, 1:29 pm

    What a great idea! I actually have your card sitting here on my desk 🙂

    • Rose January 17, 2017, 10:38 pm

      Thanks! Awesome. 🙂

  • Sarah Peterson January 17, 2017, 7:08 pm

    What a clever idea! I was wondering what I could do with all those cards! Thanks!

    • Rose January 17, 2017, 10:45 pm

      Thanks! I hope you get a chance to make a Christmas card book!

  • BeadedTail January 17, 2017, 8:55 pm

    What a fun idea! I have a stack of cards in the closet because I like to keep them too but don’t know what to do with them. Thanks for the idea!

    • Rose January 17, 2017, 10:46 pm

      Thanks! I hope you get a chance to make a Christmas card book!

  • Anne M February 12, 2017, 5:44 pm

    It’s February and i still hadn’t put my Christmas cards away. Your idea spoke to my creative side and my heart. I made my book of 2016 cards. I used ribbon instead of the rings. For the front i happened to have a card that said “Merry Christmas 2016”!

    • Rose February 12, 2017, 8:56 pm

      Ribbon is a great option, and the card you chose for the front cover is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!

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