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Christmas Card Display You Can Make Every Year

I never know what to do with old holiday cards. With a little Mod Podge, you can make this Christmas card display – make one every year!

Skills Required: Beginner. You’re going to be doing a lot of attaching cards to canvas with Mod Podge, and some may be thicker than others. It helps to have used decoupage medium once or twice.

Recycled Holiday Christmas Card Decor

Hi, I’m Becky from Liberate Creativity, and honored that Amy asked me to make a guest appearance on Mod Podge Rocks.

The truth is, Amy has it right, Mod Podge certainly does rock . . . here’s a recent project to show you why . . .

We get a LOT of Christmas cards each year! I love reading them and hanging them up . . . yadda, yadda, yadda. But the question is . . . what do you do with them with the holiday season is over????

Ummm . . .why not turn ALL of them into a holiday decor piece for the next years to come???? That’s how I came up with this recycled Christmas card display.

You can make one every single year – wouldn’t it be fun to display all those canvases? Talk about getting into the holiday spirit! I leave the number of displays you make up to you. Enjoy this Christmas wall decor tutorial.

Christmas Card Display

Supplies Needed

  • Canvas (I used 18 x 24)
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Recycled Christmas cards
  • Paintbrushes
  • Craft Glue
  • Scissors
Bottle of Mod Podge Matte and a foam brush

Grab some Mod Podge and brushes.

two piles of Christmas cards

Separate your holiday cards into two piles: those that need to stay open to be readable, and those that do not.

Cut the fronts off of the cards using the scissors. You can also cut the cards into smaller shapes and designs.

You can also just have one pile of cards if you only want to keep the fronts and not the messages inside for your Christmas card display. I’ll leave that up to you!

Glue the Christmas cards down

Glue each card down to the canvas. Remember to only glue to the bottom of the cards down if you want the cards to be open and viewable.

Christmas cards glued down to a canvas

Once all the cards are glued down, it’s time to Mod Podge the cards.

Brush Mod Podge on your holiday cards

When spreading layers of Mod Podge, be gentle with your strokes and careful with the cards you want to remain viewable. If you’re sealing everything closed, brush a few layers of Mod Podge over the canvas and let dry between coats.

Apply Mod Podge to the canvas

I spread one thick coat of Mod Podge over each card, let dry 20 minutes, and then applied a second coat.

Christmas newsletters in the back of the canvas

Oftentimes we get family newsletters, and since I don’t want to throw those away either – I tape them into the back of the canvas!

Recycled Holiday Christmas Card Decor

Make a new Christmas card display each year! What a cool memory for the holidays. Let me know if you try this in the comments!

Yield: 1 canvas

Recycle Christmas Cards

I never know what to do with old holiday cards. With a little Mod Podge, you can turn them into recycled holiday Christmas card decor!

Recycle Christmas cards with this unique canvas display! You can make a new one to add to your holiday decor each year.

Prep Time 1 hour
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Canvas - 18 x 24"
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Recycled Christmas cards
  • Craft glue

Tools

  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Separate cards into two piles: those that need to stay open and those that do not.
  2. Cut the fronts off of the cards using the scissors. You can also cut the cards into smaller shapes and designs.
  3. Glue each card down to the canvas. Only glue to the bottom of the cards down if you want them to be open and viewable. Let dry.
  4. Spread one thick coat of Mod Podge over the canvas, let dry 20 minutes, and then apply a second coat. Let dry before displaying.

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For more recycled and budget friendly Christmas ideas, visit the following projects:

Carol

Tuesday 11th of December 2012

AWESOME!!! I have always wanted to do something with the cards!!! U rock!!! Thanks!! Super excited!!

Tory

Friday 9th of December 2011

I love that. I, too, use Mod Podge to recycle Christmas cards into placemats. We have had ours for over 20 years, and I make some every few years for gifts.

Noreen

Thursday 8th of December 2011

Great way to enjoy your cards longer than 1 quick reading!

Becky

Thursday 8th of December 2011

Oooh, I love the idea of a canvas for anniversary cards! It'd also be great for some of your fav kids bday cards over the years! See, this is why I adore blogging....so many creative people! Thanks for the idea!

Beckywww.liberatecreativity.com

Daniele Valois

Thursday 8th of December 2011

this turned out way cute!

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