Repurpose Holiday Cards Into a Colorful Garland

Breathe new life into last year's holiday cards by reinventing them as this season's Christmas tree garland.
Repurpose Holiday Cards Into a Colorful Garland

Repurpose Holiday Cards Into a Colorful Garland

Breathe new life into last year's holiday cards by reinventing them as this season's Christmas tree garland.

Materials Needed:

  • holiday cards in assorted colors and patterns
  • decorative-edge craft scissors
  • standard scissors
  • pen or marker
  • ribbon or twine
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • round objects in various sizes to use as templates

Trace Circles and Cut Out

Using a cup, plate or coin as a template, trace various-size circles onto holiday cards (Image 1). Cut out circles using standard scissors for a clean edge or decorative-edge scissors for added visual interest (Image 2).

Attach Circle Cut-Outs With Hot Glue

Unroll a section of twine along a flat, level surface. Use hot glue to attach twine to the back of a circle cut-out (Image 1). Add more hot glue to the twine then top with a second circle, face up, that's the same size as the first (Image 2). Press tightly until both circles have firmly adhered to the twine (Image 3). Continue attaching cut-outs to the twine until you're satisfied with the length of the garland.

Hang Garland

Drape garland around your tree, turning the card circles so the most colorful side is visible.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Outdoor Holiday Decorating Idea: Mini Christmas Tree

Spread the holiday cheer to your front porch with this easy-to-decorate mini Christmas tree. A few handmade touches make it special.

DIY Holiday Pinecone Garland

Stylishly bring the outdoors in by creating a garland made of small pinecones and red yarn, then drape it over your mantel, Christmas tree, or down the length of the dining table for an understated festive touch.

Make a Holiday Cookie Greeting Card

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Package them in our clever tin that doubles as a holiday greeting card for a thoughtful (and tasty!) homemade gift.

Holiday Countdown Message Board

Transform an old frame into an Advent calendar or a holiday message board.

Upcycle Men's Shirts Into an Advent Calendar Garland

Designer Casey Noble puts old, patterned dress shirts to use by turning them into a chic Advent calendar garland that can be used year after year.

Yarn and Button Holiday Topiaries

Get a little help from the kids to create these cheery Christmas topiaries. Great as a centerpiece or mantel or foyer decoration, these yarn-covered trees will add a colorful pop to any room.

Handmade Holiday Cards

Make handmade cards this year to hold your warm holiday greetings.

Card Stock Christmas Ornaments

These scallop-edged card stock ornaments are a quick and inexpensive way to add a colorful touch to your Christmas tree.

Holiday Entertaining: Marshmallow Tree Pops

Kids big and small will have a blast making (then devouring!) these cute, easy-to-create treats.

Felt Christmas Garland

This charming garland is versatile enough to decorate your mantel, Christmas tree, buffet or any room in your home.
More from:

Handmade Holidays

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.