Display Your Goods
It is no secret that I love collecting Christmas cards from friends and family every year. At the close of each day, my husband and I rush to the mailbox each afternoon and fight over who gets to open the hand-addressed envelopes. We display them on our mantle all month long, smiling up at the familiar faces of ones we love. This year, we've taken the lead of a friend, and have decided to keep the stack as reminders to pray for each family throughout the year.
Since you've probably got quite a collection of your own at this point, here's some ideas of fun ways to display your cards in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas.
1. Hang them from a bough with care.
This simple branch technique from Crew & Lu is a cute and natural way to display your cards. Just tie simple pieces of twine or yarn across the length of the branch, and then use small clothespins to affix cards vertically. Another string tied to the branch can act as a hanging loop for nailing it to the wall.
2. Use a vintage sled as a canvas.
This photo from a Country Living home tour is all kinds of inspiring to me. What a fun way to use a cool old snow toy, too. Just wrap an antique sled with string, and use pins to affix your cards. This would look great leaned up agains the wall in an entry room or by (and at a safe distance from) a fireplace.
3. Create and trim a wall tree.
This DIY from blogger Lucy Darling requires washi tape and little else. I love the simplicity of how the cards form the shape of the tree. Just crown your creation with a bow or star.
4. Collect them in a hanging basket.
As a Southerner, I've always loved these old tobacco baskets. This one (another winner from Country Living) acts as a backdrop for your holiday cards, and hung on a wall, makes a great visual centerpiece.
5. Adorn your garland.
I love this classic look, and it couldn't be easier. Just affix your cards to or alongside your greenery for an extra-festive touch. Here's a Martha Stewart tutorial if you need some tips.
Merry Christmas card season to you!