I am pretty sentimental about Christmas cards and don't want to throw them away, so I looked into ways to recycle them.
I did a bit of research to find out what other people do with their cards, and I found some very creative ideas. Believe it or not, some people just cut off the fronts of the cards and use them as post cards the next year. It saves both paper and money.
Others make ornaments and gift tags for next Christmas.
Another idea would be to donate the used cards. St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Nevada accepts donations of greeting cards for all occasions. The children and volunteers create “new” cards from the donations and these cards are sold to benefit the program. You can find more information about this program at their website.
It is popular these days to make personalized photo cards to send at Christmas so those cards will require different handling. Perhaps you could create a photo album of cards received through the years. This might be a welcome gift to a family member to bring back memories of Christmas’s past.
I located a few other ideas such as making a basket out of the cards or making angels out them that I thought were pretty, too. In reality, I will probably just stack them up and pack them away for next year.