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How To Display Christmas Cards This Season

Each winter, Christmas cards and other holiday cards will flood your mailbox. Once you've admired the beautiful designs and enjoyed the sweet messages, it's not always easy to know what to do with the card!

The talented Alix Adams, from A Ruffled Life, has put together three wonderful simple and classic Christmas and holiday card display DIY tutorials:

Christmas Card Display Wreath Tutorial

  • 6 pieces of scrap wood (Used re-purposed white fence wood for a more rustic look)
  • 2 pieces of 2"X2" cut to 32" long
  • A nail gun and nails OR a hammer and nails
  • A screwdriver and screws
  • Small metal hinge clips
  1. Begin by laying your scrap wood face down on the ground. For Alix, this was the painted side down. Then lay the 2"X2" wood perpendicular to the scrap wood and nail the 2"X2" into the scrap piece. Make sure that the 2"X2" does not hang off the outer edge of the scrap wood. Repeat nailing the 2"X2" to all the remaining 5 scrap boards making sure they are aligned.
  2. Next, repeat step 1, but with the other 2"X2" on the other end of the 6 scrap wood boards. These two 2"X2"s secure all the scarp boards together so that they form a surface for you to display your cards!
  3. Flip the display board over for step 3. Using the screwdriver and screws, attach the metal hinge clips to the board in a circle.
    2  32inch 2-x-2-drilled-to-back-of-plywood
  4. Now for the fun part! Add your holiday cards to create a circle of holiday cards to make a fabulous holiday card wreath display!
DIY Christmas card wreath display holder on white plywood with gold ribbon

Mantle Christmas Card Display

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  • Plastic animal toys
  • A handsaw
  • Craft supplies to add winter accessories: pipe cleaner, pom balls, ribbon, dollhouse wreaths and holiday lights
  • Pliers
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  1. For the first step, grab your saw and critters. Using the saw, carefully cut a slot in the back of each critter. This sounds a little silly but trust me, it makes for the cutest holiday card display. The animals who walk on four legs work the best because they have a long body and wide base.
  2. For the next step, you want to add some winter accessories to those little furry friends. I used ribbon for a scarf, a dollhouse wreath as a neck accessory, and dollhouse holiday lights to make our moose friend's antlers more festive. I also made some mini earmuffs and I'll teach you how in step three!
  3. For our polar bear and penguin earmuffs I cut a 1" section out of pipe cleaner. Then, with hot glue, I attached a pom ball to each end of the pipe cleaner. Bend the pipe cleaner in a half circle and you have a set of mini earmuffs!
animal themed mantle Christmas card display with red and white pom pom streamer

Log Slice Holiday Card Display

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Curious how Alix got those cards to stick in the logs? She used the same technique from the critter card display and used a saw to cut a slot in the top of each log!

how to display Christmas card DIY with tree branches

More Christmas Card Display Ideas

  1. Use magnets to post them on your refrigerator. This time honored tradition works great if you have a bit of fridge space and a lot of extra magnets. Seasonal magnets are especially fun!
  2. Slide them into the slats of your blinds. This is a neat and easy idea for those of you with blinds.
  3. Display them on your mantel, shelves or anywhere you can stand them up. Rotating the cards every week gives everyone a chance to shine!
  4. Tape them up on the pantry door. You'll be sure to enjoy the cheery greetings every time you prepare a meal or sit down for one in the kitchen.
  5. Hang them on your Christmas tree branches as decorations. The striking patterns will brighten up your tree and guarantee a unique personal touch to your decorations every year.
  6. Hang holiday themed ribbon vertically on your wall and use paperclips to pin the Christmas cards all the way down. When you run out of space on one ribbon, just add another beside it!
  7. Tape them all around a central doorway in your home. When one doorway fills up, use another. Each time you go from one room to the next you'll be reminded of all the people who love you.
  8. Tape them up around the fireplace. This suggestion is best for non-working fireplaces or ones that are never lit.
  9. Place them in a special photo album displayed for everyone to see. This will give you a yearly and timeless memento of friends and family members.
  10. Hang them around a large mirror or a large painting in your main living space. This is a great option if your living room is devoid of a fireplace.
  11. Use a fancy specially designed card holder.
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