When I put away Christmas decorations, it always makes me sad to throw away all the pretty Christmas cards that people send us. It seems such a waste to just get rid of them, but I can’t store every Christmas card that we ever get.

This year, I decided to see if I could turn them into Valentine’s Day cards. I was quite pleased with how they turned out! If you also want to transform old Christmas cards into valentines, here is how I did it:


  • Old Christmas cards (not the photo cards)
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock paper
  • Assorted embellishments
  • Glue stick

use old christmas cards

Step 1

Cut the cardstock paper into a card shape around 3×5 inches long (or whatever you like) I chose to use a single piece of paper. The “to” and “from” info can go on the back. If you want to have a folding card, just double the length and fold the card in half.

Step 2

Cut out your favorite designs from the Christmas cards. We had cards with doves, mints, deer, a flower, and a snow scene. There were a few more cards, but they read more “Christmas” which made them hard to convert.

Step 3

Think of words to go with your images. I chose puns, because I love pun Valentine’s Day cards. Our phrases were:

  • “I would “dove” you to be my Valentine”
  • “We were mint to be together”
  • “There is “snow” Valentine’s Day without you”
  • “You are the flower of my eye”
  • “Be a deer and be my valentine?” (you could also say, “I would deer-ly love you to be my valentine”)

Step 4

Glue the images to your cards and write in the words. I used both markers and colored pencils. But you can use whatever you have on hand. These are so simple to make; it doesn’t matter how you do it!

christmas card valentines

Step 5

Gloat over how adorable you are making handmade valentines. Give them to friends, your SO, or family members. When I worked in an office, I liked to give silly valentines to my co-workers.

If you make any Christmas-card valentines, share them with us on the BBJ facebook page! I would love to see your version of my project!



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8 Responses to Transform Old Christmas Cards into Valentines

  1. Diana says:

    That's a cute idea – I've never thought of doing that!

  2. Barb Hoyer says:

    So cute! I hate tossing the cards in the recycling bin!

  3. Colline says:

    Such a good idea!

  4. Julie says:

    What a fun idea! I always use my Christmas cards for something but usually it's for Christmas the following year not valentines day, and you can;t beat a good pun of course!

  5. plutrell says:

    Fun, creative idea! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  6. Jessica says:

    Wow I never thought to do this! Thanks for the info!

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