Receiving Christmas cards from family and friends is one of the most enjoyable parts of the holiday season. Bundling up and heading out to your mailbox to collect those little envelopes full of Christmas cheer can brighten up even the coldest and most wintry days.
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While the first few Christmas cards of the season may be honored to receive a coveted spot above your fireplace mantel, you may find yourself quickly running out of display space for the rest of the cards you receive. Rather than trying to scrunch them all onto your mantel or stack them on top of a coffee table, here are some creative and attractive ways to decorate your home with Christmas cards.
Are you in love with the look of rustic Christmas decorations that are reminiscent of simpler times? If so, then you will have a great time making a rustic Christmas card banner. This easy project only requires a piece of brown twine or thin strand of burlap and some clothespins. Simply choose a wall in your home that could use a little extra cheer and measure a piece of twine or burlap that is a few inches longer than the length of the wall. This extra length will give the banner a little bit of slack when you hang it up so that it doesn’t look too straight and stiff.
Next, line up your Christmas cards in any type of order you prefer and attach them to the twine or burlap with bobby pins. You can choose to color-coordinate your cards, alternate between vertical and horizontal layouts, or simply hang them up in a delightfully haphazard and random manner. This type of banner looks great above the fireplace or draped across a brick or stone accent wall.
Frame of Joy
If you have an old, unused frame lying around, put it to good use this holiday season by turning it into a Christmas card display. First, pull out a medium-length strand of Christmas lights and secure it to the back of your frame with staples. Make sure you leave enough of the light cord dangling from the bottom corner of the frame so you can easily plug it in.
The idea is to string the lights back and forth across the back of the frame so that you can hang holiday cards from the various strands. Try to maintain a gap of at least three inches between each strand of lights so that the cards don’t seem too crowded.
Once the light strands are stapled to the back of the frame, turn it around and hang it on a wall that has easy access to an outlet. It is a good idea to hang the frame above an accent table so that you can hide the light cord with gifts or other Christmas decorations. This is a very cute and unique Christmas card decoration idea that is guaranteed to impress guests.
Stairway banisters are perfect places to display Christmas cards because they are natural focal points in the home. Dress up your banister in more than the typical garland by hanging Christmas cards in front of each baluster. You can easily do this by punching a hole the top of each card and stringing pieces of colored ribbon through. Tie the ribbon directly around the top of each baluster or secure it to a decorative garland on top of your banister. Be sure to cut your ribbon sections long enough to allow your Christmas cards to dangle a couple of inches from the banister for maximum visibility and charm.
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If you normally hang garland around the doors in your home, you already have the perfect framework for a charming Christmas card holder. Tuck Christmas cards directly into the garland branches for a peekaboo effect, or use bits of string or ribbon to tie the Christmas cards to the garland. Keep in mind that this particular project should only be created indoors, since leaving your Christmas cards outside could quickly ruin them.
The kitchen is one area of the home that is often neglected when it comes to holiday decorating. Brighten up your kitchen space by tying thick red ribbons around each kitchen cabinet door (from top to bottom). You can then bedeck your cabinets with holiday cheer by attaching festive and colorful Christmas cards to the ribbons with clothespins, paper clips or glue dots.
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Repurpose some older shutters by turning them into Christmas card holders. Begin by sanding the shutters down if necessary, then spray-painting them in holiday colors (red, gold, white, green or silver). Shutters make ingenious Christmas card holders because closed slats are perfect for holding holiday cards in place. Hang your completed holiday shutters on a wall in your home that is sure to be seen by guests.
These simple Christmas card decorating ideas make it easier than ever for you to beautify your home with the dozens of family holiday cards you receive every year.