As mentioned in this post back in December, I asked you not to throw out your Christmas cards as I wanted to show you some ways of recycling them.
The one thing I do is cut them out to make gift tags. I use pinking shears which are scissors with zig-zag blades to cut out the tags on front of the cards. I punch a hole in them to tie them onto the presents using curling ribbon. I haven't had to buy gift tags in years and they are always unique.
Another way of reusing them, is to make Christmas cards with them. Here is a link showing you how. Now you're saying to yourself what about the envelopes, well if you go to your local Hallmark or card store, they have surplus envelopes, and all you have to do is ask nicely. They generally get more envelopes than cards, and are generally more than willing to part with a bundle. That way you can make the cards to fit the envelopes. One cheap way of getting card stock paper, is buying Bristol Board the type of paper the kids buy at the dollar store to use for projects in school.
Another idea is to make a box so you can put a gift in it for next Christmas, here is the link to that.
Of course there are the usual, place mats, coasters, use for scrap booking, use as postcards and make a Christmas ball. Here is a link explaining how to do those crafts. Here is a how to on how to make the Christmas card ball.
You could also donate your used cards to local charities, where they recycle them. Check out your local charities for more information.
I hope this has given you some ideas? Also make sure you write down who you got Christmas Cards from so you know who to send to next year. If you can, buy your cards and wrapping paper in the sales, so you are all set for next year. Got no room to store them, place them in a garbage/bin bag and put them under the bed. Write down on your 2009 calendar that you have bought them so you won't forget.
Don't forget that 25 cents for your pot today!