Christmas Cards Using Recycled Materials

Creating Christmas cards doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. It is possible to make cards in a simple and ecological way!

And here are some Christmas cards made from construction paper, paint, newspaper, an old Christmas card, a cardboard box, raffia, and buttons!

We are going to make Christmas cards recycling and reusing materials that we can find around the house. During next week, take a box and throw in anything that can be useful: paper scraps, fabric scraps, food packaging, envelopes, calendars, old Christmas cards, advertisement leaflets, magazines, newspapers and so on. Be creative!

What to use for the card part of the card:

  • Paper supermarket bags
  • Used file folders
  • Thin boxes (such as cereal boxes, some mailing boxes, thick envelopes)
  • Construction paper

What to use to decorate the card:

Look around your house and you will find some useful materials hiding in there!

  • Scrap paper
  • Scrap fabric
  • Old clothing that can be cut up
  • Wool
  • Buttons (we all have a collection of them somewhere!)
  • Magazines and newspapers – cut shapes from colourful pages. Cut strips and glue onto card or cardboard for background.

Information adapted from this website.



You have to create a Christmas card to send to a classmate. You must include:

  1. The card decorated using recycled materials.
  2. A message in Spanish, English and French for your classmate, not necessarily the same text.
  3. Write the sender and receiver’s address on an envelope in Spanish. Put an envelope and send it to your classmate.


Creating and sending card with a Christmas wish is the ideal way to share your feelings and happiness with a classmate. Here are some beautiful wishes you can use for your card.

  1. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  2. Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!
  3. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  4. Have a wonderful Christmas.
  5. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
  6. May peace, love and prosperity follow you always.
  7. May Santa Claus grant you all that you wish for this Christmas. 
  8. May this Christmas bring your way plenty of reasons to smile.
  9. Peace, Love and Joy to you and your family!
  10. May all your wishes, dreams and desires come true this Christmas.

Click here to find messages in French: Messages Joyeux Noël


Christmas cards rubric

Here is a video presentation with the Christmas cards our students created last year!



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