10-MINUTE DIY: christmas card prayer book

2015-01-07_0001-01 I don't know about you, but I LOVE Christmas cards! Sure, now that we're in the age of Facebook and Instagram and blogging, it doesn't feel as necessary to send cards anymore, but it's still a tradition that I just love. There's something so special about receiving a piece of snail mail from loved ones near and far, even if I just "saw" them on Facebook yesterday. And even though I'm a big over sharer on social media, I've loved sending cards the past two years, too! I hate throwing away (or, if you're a good person who loves the environment, recycling) the Christmas cards but at the same time, why bother keeping a stack of cards laying around that you aren't doing anything with?

Enter: my friend Casey's brilliant idea to turn the Christmas cards into a prayer book! I absolutely loved the idea. I listened to a simulcast with some of my very favorite ladies to soak up wisdom from right before Christmas and a few of them mentioned a similar family tradition: praying for people as you receive their Christmas cards. How many of us receive cards from people that we hardly think about on the day-to-day? What a cool and powerful way to keep those friends and family close to our hearts by praying for them. Our Christmas cards hung right by our front door, which I see every time I go to and from our bedroom, so as I passed them on the wall, I tried to remember to offer up a prayer or two. But I really wanted to share Casey's idea of turning them into a prayer book so you can continue praying for them throughout the year!

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I know this is a bit late, but if you still have that stack of cards sitting around, give this a go! Or bookmark for next year. It's super easy and a great use of those cards. All you need is your cards, a 3-hole punch, a paper cutter, a sharpie (or whatever you want to use to embellish the cover), card stock or cardboard for the covers, and two d-rings.

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The first step is pretty obvious, take down all the cards from the wall :)

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Most of our cards were clipped with clothespins but for the ones that were hung with washi tape, I just folded the tape over the edge.

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I separated them by vertical and horizontal. I lined up all the vertical so they were all facing the same way and aligned their left edges. I did the same with the horizontal--only making sure that for the folded cards, the opening was to the right.

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Then, I hole punched them all! I have this nifty heavy duty 3-hole punch that worked great. I only punched two holes in my cards because they're typically 5x7 size or smaller, but this made it so that on all the cards, the holes were spaced exactly the same distance apart. One of those hole punches that goes in a 3-ring binder would work, too, but you might not be able to punch as many at once. I could do 3-4 at one time with this one.

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Then, I looped the cards onto the d-rings. I had put the cards in a specific order because I'm ridiculously type-a, so I started with the top of the pile and looped them so once I put them on the d-rings, they were front-side down.

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Once all the cards were on there, I cut two pieces of kraft card stock to 5x7" size, hole-punched them, and put them on the front and back as covers.

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I scribbled a little cover title and voila! It now sits on our kitchen table as a reminder to pray for our loved ones all throughout the year.

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Will you make one? It's sooo easy and such a good reminder to pray for those we love! And you know what this means...send me a card next year! :)

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