As Christmas approaches, our mailboxes begin to fill with familiar envelopes containing holiday greetings from friends and family. These thoughtful cards are always appreciated but often find themselves buried under junk mail. Unleash the decorating potential of your holiday cards with fun DIY projects, from a thrifty, modern card rack to unique wall art.
Door Frame Garland
Your kitchen will be buzzing in the coming weeks, making it a prime location to display your favorite holiday cards. Frame the entryway with a lush garland decked with cards for an easy display that’s sure to get your guests’ attention. Tessa of Nine & Sixteen Homes used clothespins to hold each of the 10 cards in place creating a balanced, festive look on her kitchen door.
Framed Card and Wreath
This DIY wall display by Kristi and Kelli of Lolly Jane is made to showcase your holiday cards throughout the year. The chicken wire backdrop adds visual interest and makes hanging your Christmas cards a breeze. You can also replace the boxwood wreath with fresh flowers for summer or seasonal foliage for autumn. Learn how to make this display from scratch here.
Thrifty Modern Card Rack
Believe it or not, this modern card display is courtesy of a local Goodwill. Haeley of Design Improvised sprayed a few coats of gold paint to turn this old CD/DVD rack into a chic holiday card holder that you can place on any tabletop or counter. It’s a clever way to organize your card collection and encourage your guests to look through them.
If you’re big on repurposing, this framed cards and lights project from Reasons to Skip the Housework is for you. Melanie used a discarded frame, set of small lights, and a bit of DIY skills to craft this festive wall display. The small multicolor lights are sure to grab your guests’ attention while the strings are a convenient place to hang your holiday cards. Use a frame that’s large enough to accommodate your entire collection or a smaller frame for your absolute favorites.
Brighten up bare walls or your mantel with this rustic wood and wire art display. This was made from items you can find at your local hardware store like wooden boards, gauged wire, and eyehole screws. The metal clips make it easy to mix, match, and change the cards you want to showcase, so you can keep this display up the entire year. Get full instructions from Liz Marie here.
If you have a lot of holiday cards in storage, displaying them on your staircase might be the way to go. Start by dressing each baluster or spindle with different Christmas ribbons and use hot glue to hold your cards in place. Arrange the cards by color, year, or at random—the choice is yours! Get step-by-step instructions by visiting Beautiful by Design.
Show your loved ones your appreciation and unleash the decorating potential of your holiday card collection with these six creative ways to display Christmas cards. Do you have any creative card display ideas? We’d love to hear from you!
Jennifer Lutz writes about all things home-related for the Christmas Tree Market blog.