How to Save your Old Christmas Cards

For 2 girls who love home decor and accessories, we’re surprisingly good at purging. We’re good at tossing what we no longer need, donating what we no longer want, and simplifying our homes from time to time. But our best living simple intentions fly out the window when it comes to sentimental stuff. It can be so hard to part with items that mean something special to us and Christmas cards are definitely on that list. We simply can’t bear to toss out all of our holiday cards on December 26th.

But holding onto boxes and boxes of messy cards is also not an option.

Last week, we gave you a sneak peek at Casey’s 2014 Christmas card booklet that’s been hanging out on her coffee table. Well today, we want to give you a step by step tutorial on how to save your old Christmas cards too.

It only takes a few quick & easy steps…
how to save your old christmas cards: a tutorial | DIY Playbook1. Grab your collection of cards and a hole punch.

Hole punching all the cards in the top left corner is step one in how to save your old Christmas cards!2. Line up your cards neatly and punch a hole in the corner. (You can also do 2 holes along the top if you have lots of cards to manage) We suggest adding cards to your booklet as they arrive in the mail. That means less time after the holidays getting organized, and more time returning some of those questionable gifts you received….Bundle & secure your old Christmas cards with an inexpensive metal ring. 3. Bundle your cards together with a binder ring. We found a wide range of sizes at an office supply store.

4. To take your card booklet to the next level, we suggest making a front & back cover for your “book.” We simply used scrapbook paper and washi tape to decorate this “2014” one.

Wondering how to save your old Christmas cards each year so you can look at them again and again? Make our simple Christmas Card Booklet!Here's the finished 2014 Christmas Card Book!5. Enjoy flipping through your Christmas card booklet!

Our Christmas Card book idea is a great way to revisit your Christmas memories all year long! And it's a really simple DIY craft!We love keeping this Christmas card booklet out during the entire holiday season for both us and our guests to enjoy.

But what’s even better is looking at these booklets the following Christmas season. It’s one of the best things to flip through when you’re setting up your holiday decor in early November December. It’s great to see how people have changed over the year, and it can also serve as a nice reminder to help you remember who sent you a card last year (& who you need to send a card to this year).

Bridget used this method for the last three years. Check out her bright collection…

how to save your christmas cards: Christmas Card Collection | DIY Playbook

She puts her books on display on her coffee table and anytime I’m over at her house around the holidays, I love looking through these mini books and taking a festive stroll down memory lane.How to save your old christmas cards: Saving Christmas Cards | DIY PlaybookHow to save your old christmas cards: Christmas Card Book | DIY Playbook

Did we motivate you enough to get to work?!! We promise you’ll thank us when you pull out that mini book next year.


The Year of Casey

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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m a Chicago gal teaching you how to design, DIY, and maintain your home…by yourself! Learn more about me right here.