December 20, 2013

How To: DIY Hanging Holiday Card Display

We've been decorating away since picking up our Christmas tree last weekend and still have some finishing touches to tackle this weekend. We're looking forward to sharing how we set everything up this year, but first wanted to share the DIY idea we came up with for displaying our holiday cards this year.

In the past, we've laid them all out on a mantle or last year, we set up the sewing machine as a display table. This year, we finally came up with a really simple display idea that's functional and decorative, while saving surface space at the same time!

The basic idea consisted of draping jute twine around the molding of our living room entry, then clipping the cards to the twine with clothespins. It makes a changing display with each new card that comes in, and has been a fun decorative way to frame out this area for the season.

  • Clothespins
  • Metallic Paint Pen
  • Jute Twine
  • Scissors
  • Christmas Cards or other paper decorations

I picked up basic wooden set of clothespins at the dollar store for this project. To add a little holiday shine, I painted the tips of them using a gold leaf paint pen:

You could leave the clothespins clean for a more natural look, or get even more decorative with washi tape or full glitter. I also really love the look of all these mini clothespins, how fun are they? I am really happy with how the touches of gold leaf pen turned out, adding just a touch of shine when the sun hits them the right way:

There were already 3 small painted nails across the top of the molding in this walkthrough from when we moved in, so Tim just looped the twine around each one to secure them and we let two long ends of the twine just drop down from each side.

After that, it was just a matter of clipping each card to the twine to frame out the entryway — so simple!

The cards drape from the twine, clipped with the clothespin. You can manipulate how you want each card to hang by changing the positioning of the clip and place it's clipped on the edge of the card:

We've even gotten approval from our project supervisor, sniffing for quality control:

With each new card we get in the mail, it's been fun to add to the growing collection with a new clothespin. It's also been a fun way to "rediscover" each card and the special messages written inside them. Since the twine is free flowing, the cards rotate on occasion, showing different sides each time we pass through.

We chose to drape the twine and hang the cards from our pocket doorways, but this idea could easily work in other spaces, like a fireplace mantle, down a staircase banister or across the front of an entryway table. Who knows, we might even change it up next year.

How have you been displaying your cards this year? Do you have the same setup each year or try something new with each holiday season? We're always curious how other folks are finding creative display solutions!

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