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Published on January 2nd, 2014 | by Bonnie Getchell


DIY Crafts: 33 Ways to Recycle Gift Cards, Credit Cards, and Other Plastic Cards

DIY Crafts: 33 Ways to Recycle Gift Cards, Credit Cards, and Other Plastic Cards

Do you have a stack of gift cards in your wallet thanks to Christmas? Once you finish spending, recycle your gift card into amazing DIY crafts!

I don’t know about you, but I received a ton of gift cards for Christmas. It seems that gift cards are becoming more and more popular every year– they’re easy to buy and the recipient can choose their own perfect gift. While gift cards are convenient, all of the plastic that goes into making them are not-so-eco-friendly (there are few “green” plastic cards). Instead of trashing the cards after spending, recycle them! You can also use credit cards (be careful with your personal information, though) and other plastic cards like hotel keys and store reward cards. Here are 33 incredible ways you can repurpose them:

Jewelry and Accessories

1. Credit Card iPhone Stand

2. Credit Card Name Necklace

3. DIY Earring Holder from Old Gift Cards

4. Gift Card Necklace

5. Purse Made from Gift Cards

6. Gift Card Keychains

7. Make Your Own Guitar Picks (If you don’t have a Pick Punch you can try this DIY guitar pick tutorial, too.)

8. Gift Card Ring

9. Gift Card Bracelet

10. Gift Card Chevron Earrings

11. Geometric Triangle Necklace from Gift Cards

12. Gift Card Barettes

13. Hotel Card Collar Stays

14. Turn Old Credit Cards into Earbud Holders

15. Plastic Paper Clips from Recycled Gift Cards

Home and Garden

16. Use a Gift Card as an Ice Scraper

17. Gift Card Plant Markers

18. Mosaic Art Made out of Gift Cards

19. Gift Card Coasters

20. Credit Card Wreath

21. Coffee Table Revamp with Gift Card Tiles

22. Gift Card Mini Art Paintings

23. Credit Card Chalkboard

24. Gift Card Magnets

25. Gift Card Ornaments

26. Credit Card Flower Box Fridge Magnet

27. Mosaic Picture Frame from Gift Cards

28. Gift Card Cutlery

29. Gift Card Wine Glass Charms

30. Chalkboard Reusable Gift Tags from Old Gift Cards

31. Painting with Credit Cards (this is a great craft activity for children!)

32. Gift Card Checkerboard

33. Gift Card Notebook (Instead of using new paper, though, make a notebook out of junk mail.)

Which project was your favorite? Do you have any other recycled plastic card projects? Share them with us in the comment section below– we would love to pin them to our Pinterest boards!

[Photo credit: Credit Cards via Shutterstock]

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Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

7 Responses to DIY Crafts: 33 Ways to Recycle Gift Cards, Credit Cards, and Other Plastic Cards

  1. Thank you so much for listing me in your list, although I wish you would’ve let me know about it first.

    Lady Lavender’s Expressions

    • Lady Lavender, I’m sorry I didn’t let you know. Normally we ask for permission if your personal photo is used, but not for text links. I’m sorry!

      • Oops, I didn’t mean for it to sound like it was a big problem. It’s actually pretty exciting. It’s practically my first “feature”. I’ve had some minor problems with suspicious activity to my blog and I just wasn’t sure of the intent of this post since I had no knowledge of it until I suddenly got traffic from this site to my mine. I’m sorry for making it seem like it was a big deal. Thanks again for featuring my tutorial! 🙂

  2. Thanks for adding my reusable gift tags from old gift cards tutorial. Very much appreciated 🙂

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  4. Jean Faudree says:

    I have many many unused gift cards with no value. They weren’t purchased. I want to sell them.

  5. Steve says:

    guitar picks from credit cards has the added bonus of being grippy between fingers b/c of the raised letters on card. different thickness of cards also provides the variety of guitar picks you would find at a music store. thanks for the idea.

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