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5 Ways to Recycle Old Greeting Cards for Fun and Money

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Looking for an easy way to make some extra cash? There are a ton of different ways you can get a little side hustle going – check out these 5 ways to recycle old greeting cards for fun and money!

As I mentioned yesterday, I don’t like to throw away greeting cards. It’s awful that someone spends all that time searching for just the right card for you, only for it to be thrown away in just a couple of days.

What kind of life is that for a beautiful, old greeting card?

Why not get crafty and start reusing your old cards? It’s a great way to make a little extra cash, plus it is so much fun to recycle greeting cards!

There are so many things you can do with old cards, after all a greeting is just decorated paper, right?

So, use it like paper!

Here’s 5 ways to “upcycle” or recycle old greeting cards into a whole new product!

Plus, I’ve included a bunch of places to start selling your gorgeous new designs!

5 Ways to Recycle Old Greeting Cards for Fun and Money

What to Make:

Create Miniature Gift Boxes

Making gift boxes is a great way to reuse old greeting cards. Consider marketing these little boxes to jewelry sellers or other small businesses that sell “tiny” items. It’s the perfect way to package small products.

Design Holiday Ornaments

Everyone loves pretty holiday ornaments! Use paper punches and shape cutters to create decorative designs using recycled greeting cards. Hang with pretty ribbon or twine. These make great online, craft fair and trade show sellers during any holiday season, but most especially Christmas! People really love the old-fashioned, handmade touch at Christmastime.

Garland/Party Banners

This is a great way to use up your old birthday cards or occasion specific cards! Make a lettered banner for your special occasion. Cut out each greeting card design and punch holes in the top. String ribbon throw the holes and add in between words to decorate the banner. Garland and party banners are perfect sellers for online, craft fairs and trade shows, especially holiday specific designs.

Gift Tags

Gift tags make great sellers year round! Use shape cutters or paper punches to cut out rounds, squares, rectangles or other shapes from the front of old greeting cards. Use lettering stamps or hand write “TO” and “FROM” on the blank backside of the gift tag. Consider selling these in sets, depending on the occasion.

3-D Scrapbook Stickers

Scrapbook lovers pay BIG money for beautiful stickers and decorations for their memory books. Once again, use your shape cutters or paper punches and cut out a bunch of shapes. Adhere a small piece of foam craft tape to the back of each design. Store scrapbook stickers on sheets of wax paper. Consider selling these online or at craft shows.

Where to Sell Your Creations:



  • Your Own Storefront
  • Consignment
  • Newspaper Ads
  • Craft Shows/Trade Shows/Flea Markets
  • Friends/Family/Word of Mouth
  • Wholesale

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out these 5 ways to recycle old greeting cards for fun and money.

I see a lot of potential with this little business idea!

Recycling is HOT right now and I expect it will be far into the future.

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