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Here's How to Turn Your Holiday Cards Into Bookmarks!

A perfect indoor activity for kids that’ll put your Holiday cards to good use.

Jack Shepherd

Now that it’s finally the New Year, we can all start looking for brand-new things to worry about, and one great place to start is what on earth we’re going to do with all those old holiday cards. It feels wrong to throw them away, somehow! But on the other hand, people start looking at you funny if you still have Santa and Frosty the Snowman cards sitting on your mantelpiece in March. Well, why not steer into the skid and turn your holiday card problem into a fun, easy, and productive activity for kids? 

Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to make elegant little bookmarks out of your used greeting cards, then check out the links at the bottom for ideas on how to add some extra flair to the project if you want to spice it up.

Step 1: Choose some Holiday cards for your project


Step 2: Assemble your materials

You’ll need some scissors, a hole punch, and a little bit of ribbon.


Step 3: Cut your bookmarks out of the cards and punch a hole in the top

You can just cut rectangles, or make a little rounded edge at the top, depending on what works best with the cards you have. 


Step 4: Cut your ribbons to size (about 4 or 5 inches should be plenty), and thread them through the holes in your bookmarks

Then tie a square knot at the top and you’re done!


Step 5: Give the bookmark to someone you love who loves to read!


For more advanced versions of this same project, you can try some of the links below to add a little bit of extra flair to your bookmarks. 

- You can also make neater knots with your ribbon and round off all the edges of your bookmark to make it look tidier

- Here’s a version that involves creating a fancy woven pattern on the bookmark with your scissors

- And if you haven’t sent out your thank you cards yet, you can write a little note on the back to turn your thank you card into a keepsake!

It goes without saying that this little craft can be done with any cards you get throughout the year, giving you a fun, easy project to do with the family and providing a handy way of upcycling the cards people send you that you don’t feel right throwing out.