Make A Photo Collage From Old Christmas Cards

by Aubrey on January 6, 2011

If you are like me, I love getting Christmas cards.  It is the one time of the year that I am really excited to go to my mailbox and see what mail I have.  I have a hard time throwing them all away because I love pictures and I know that it wasn’t cheap to make all the cards.  So, I came up with an idea on how to use and enjoy them throughout the year…a Christmas card collage!

Christmas Photo Cards

I start by trimming all the cards down to just the pictures.  Then I arrange them on a 12×12 piece of scrapbook book paper.  It takes me a little time because I like to have them put together just right.  After the pictures are where I want them, I tape them to the paper.

Photo Collages Made From Christmas Cards

I then hang them up where I can see all my wonderful friends and family everyday.

What do you do with your Christmas cards?

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Admitted Fabricaholic January 6, 2011 at 9:03 am

What a great idea!!! I usually just put mine away in the box when packing up the Christmas decorations, because I feel guilty throwing them away, and then throw them away next year when unpacking – since I know I will get a new one!

Love your idea! Keep the photo, not the card :)


Aubrey January 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm


I’ve done that before too…box them up only to throw them out the next year. This has saved my cards from being boxed. :-)


Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids January 6, 2011 at 10:28 am

Best idea for Christmas cards I’ve seen yet. I’m trying to adopt a more minimalist lifestyle this year so I don’t want to keep them laying around in a stack but I hate to throw them out. This is perfect!


Aubrey January 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Thanks Steph! I like the minimalist lifestyle idea that you are working on this year. That is definitely something I need work on.


Destri January 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

Best, best idea! I should be ashamed I am not in that pile ;). Maybe next year….


Aubrey January 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Seriously Destri…now you have to do a card next year!


Sue January 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

I like this idea. I got several of these this year and I have old ones from years past. I was going to start a photo album just for Christmas card photos but this is really tempting me. Hmmmm


Aubrey January 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I thought about doing that too Sue! This can work for both, like Raejean below was saying…she makes the collage and then puts it in a book. Next year I will file this one away in a book. So you get to look at them and then put them in a book!


Raejean January 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

I make a collage every year and then I store it in my scrapbook. It’s great to see how my friends kids grow right along side my own children.

I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I even included it in my Most Inspirational Blogs of 2010 list.


Aubrey January 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Thanks Raejean!

I didn’t think about putting it in the scrapbook…but I’ll have to do that after I make a new one for next year.


Ginger January 6, 2011 at 11:13 am

I can’t stand spending the time to get them all neat and tidy…I end up going bonkers, so I go for this little more chaotic look: :)


Justine January 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I like to use the non photo ones for gift tags. Just cut around Santa or whatever, punch a hole and voilà! I’ve also cut them up, glued them and other decorative papers and made new cards.


Aubrey January 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Dang, I already threw mine away! I’ll have to remember this for next year. Thanks for the idea!


lisa January 10, 2011 at 7:47 am

i do this as well. Also, if the card has a picture of a kid’s face to whom I give gifts (my nephew, for example) I’ll also cut out that picture and use it as the gift tag on his gift next Christmas/birthday.


Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids January 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Ok, there is so much on the blogs about what to do with the Christmas cards that I just had to throw in my 2 cents. See my post on Christmas card look books here:


Krissy January 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Loved your post. This year I created an origami photo book for my photocards. You can check out the project @


Cynthia January 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

When I was little, my Mom once make place mats out of old Christmas cards. She cut pictures of our heads/faces from old photos (this was before the days of digital scrap booking!) and we pasted them into the cards over the top of Frosty’s head, Santa’s face, etc. Then we made collages of our favorites and laminated them. We used the place mats for the holidays and loved looking at all of the funny pictures we had created. This doesn’t work so well with photo cards though – it’s probably not very nice to paste your face over the top of your friends! :)


Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen January 7, 2011 at 11:42 am

This is a great idea! I will definitely keep this in mind for next year!


Kate January 8, 2011 at 8:32 am

great idea. How about placing on card and laminating and turning them into place mats. I did this once to send pics of the boys to their grandparents. Great way to share family moments whenthere are great distances (or not).

As for my cards. Not sure the whole ‘family photo’ thing has really caught on UK wise so I get the great old fashioned Christmas cards – you know the ones made of card or paper, and as long as they haven’t been written on on the picture side I use crimping shears to cut round the picture, hole punch a hole and use as next years gift cards on the presents. Beats the price of buying I’ll tell ya…..


Nat January 10, 2011 at 9:54 am

That is a great idea! I usually save them all and then turn the non-photo ones into gift tags. This year, the proportion of photo cards to others greatly increased. I’ve never considered doing a collage, but that’s right up my alley. It would look interesting in my scrapbook!

You get extra points for getting the pictures to fit exactly together. I do layouts like that some time and the amount of trimming and staring that takes is astounding.


Shelly C January 10, 2011 at 10:56 am

Great idea!!! I may just do that with this years! I actually make a little mini album for every year and then put them all out at Christmas time! But I love being able to see them all year Thanks for the tip!


Sandi January 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Love this idea!


Living So Abundantly January 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Genius! I have been looking for an idea for a while. Thank you!


esther January 11, 2013 at 11:38 am

great ideas! I think I’ll do the “collage”, take a pic of it (LOL), post on FB and then toss the actual hardcopy. I hate keeping stuff…me and hubby are def minimalists.


Aubrey January 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Good idea Esther! I’m trying to be more of a minimalist myself.


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