Reusable Upcycled Snowman Christmas Card

Challenge number 4 in our 12 Days of Christmas DIY Challenges is to use a cereal or other cardboard box and supplies you have in your home to make a Christmas Card.

I chose to make another of my Reusable Upcycled Christmas Cards that I designed and made last year.  They are made of card covered in fabric and have a clear plastic pocket on the inside where you can slip in a piece of paper with your greeting on.  The card is designed with the idea that the recipient can remove the greeting and replace it with a new one to resend the card to someone new the next year! I printed labels to sew on the back of my cards to tell people what the idea behind the cards is! 

Here's how to make this Reusable Upcycled Snowman Christmas Card for yourself!

You will need:
A cereal or other cardboard box,
Some thick white fabric (I used white denim from an old pair of jeans), 
Some ribbon for the scarf, 
An orange fabric scrap for the nose and 
Some black buttons for the eyes and ..buttons!
And a piece of clear plastic for the greeting pocket. You can cut this from packaging when you buy clothes or sheets!

First of all cut your card. You can cut any size you like, but I cut mine 11 x 15 cm  (4.5 x 6"). Then cut two rectangles of fabric larger than this piece of card. Cut a piece of clear plastic 8 x 10 cm (3 x 4").

First lay your ribbon lengthways across one piece of your white fabric and pin then stitch into place.

Fold your fabric in half as if it was the card to determine the front and back spacing of the card. Then stitch on the nose and buttons.  This is also when I add in my logo and information on the back of the card - printed on fabric then appliqued onto the main fabric.

I machine appliqued around the orange fabric for the nose. but you could also hand-stitch it into place.

Take your other white fabric rectangle and fold in half to determine the inside left and right of the card. Pin your piece of clear plastic to the middle of the right hand side. Then applique or tight zig-zag stitch around the two sides and bottom edge. Leave the top open so you can slip in your paper greeting!

Your card is now ready to put together.

Use a glue stick to glue your three layers together with the right sides of the fabric facing outwards and the cardboard in the middle.
Note - because the colour of the cereal box was very bright and my fabric white - I added a piece of scrap white paper on top of the card so the colour didn't show through the fabric.

Once your layers are stuck together, machine stitch around all 4 edges just inside the cardboard edge.  I save old blunt machine needles for sewing through things like card - it might be an idea to use an old rather than a new needle for this!

Trim the edges with pinking shears to neaten.

 Now fold your card in half and it's ready to add a greeting and send to someone special this Christmas!

To see the video setting this challenge, other ideas for cards and to add your own project to the linky, go here!


Each day a challenge will be set by means of a video and blog posts giving some suggested ideas and crafts. These posts will also contain a linky party for anyone and everyone who wants to join in to link up their projects - both past and present, that answer the challenge.  The linky party can be found on all our blogs and we'll  try and come up with different ideas and tutorials for the challenges too. So please to visit us all, and then share your ideas with us as well! We're looking forward to seeing how these challenge are met!

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  1. Super cute, Jill and a great idea making it reusable.

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    1. Thank you!! I just hope that one day someone sends me one of my reusable cards back again!! They I know they are working!

  3. Oh such a wonderful card , a great idea as always Jill! You really inspire me to reuse old stuff :) I LOVE love love this card!

    1. Thank you! I love making these cards and the ones I made last year were well received!

  4. I remember you doing these last year. I think they are a lovely idea and really eco frinedly too. Christmas card overload is a problem in our house as all the kids cards and ours build up. I can't stand throwing them away though and always upcycle the ones we are given into tags and decorations the following year. I would certainly reuse a card like yours and happily pass it on with a new message. I hope they take off.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure

    1. Thanks Fiona! I'm curious to see if I'll get any back that I sent last year!
      But my mum already said hers is too nice to send away and so she's keeping it as a new decoration to put up every year so I won't get that one back!!

  5. Hi Jill, what a really cute handmade Christmas card you made and a love it. :)
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

  6. pretty!! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Thanks Jessica. I just popped over and shared it with your Facebook group! Thanks for the invite!

  7. I love the idea of reusable Christmas cards. It always feels so wrong to throw them away!

    1. Thanks Anna! I just started making and sending these last year - so it will be interesting to see if anyone sends one back to me this year!!

  8. This snowman card is too cute!! How clever and creative to repurpose cereal boxes and other items for this and then make it a reusable card. Fantastic idea!

  9. This is such a wonderful idea! Love it! Very clever. :) #Trash2Treasure


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