Growing up, creating the Christmas card for our family was always a big event. At some point, we started creating a picture collage (we did pictures before it was a thing)! We'd all look through the pictures from the year, and help choose which ones should be included in our card. Making sure everyone one had the same number of pictures on the card, of course :)
In addition to photos, I also really enjoy reading about our loved ones, and any exciting news or milestones they've had that year. For our family Christmas card, my Dad writes a newsletter to accompany our picture collage. He writes about our family; vacations we've taken, and significant memories from that year. I love looking back on them years later. It's like a little window back in time, and I'm so thankful that our family has them.
When I still lived at home, I remember how much I loved reading the holiday cards, and looking at photos as they arrived in the mail. We kept them out throughout the holiday season, and I would often pick them up to re-read, and stop to look at pictures as I walked by. Now that many of my friends are married and starting families of their own, it has been so wonderful to receive Christmas Cards from them at my own home.
I wanted a fun way to display our cards so that we could appreciate them throughout the season. When I was working with Tiny Prints for this post, I came across this holiday card that I loved. The card reminded me of a way my friend had displayed her cards a few years ago, and I wanted to recreate my own version of that in our home. It's the perfect, simple holiday card display that will only take a few minutes to put together. Leaving you more time to read all those cards from loved ones, and get your own holiday cards in the mail!
You'll only need a few supplies: I used mini clothes pins, spray adhesive, gold glitter, string, greenery and holly left over from wreath making, wire, nails, and of course your holiday cards!
Once you've selected the wall you'd like to display your cards on, put in a couple nails at your preferred height and distance apart (this will depend on the wall you display them on). I wanted two rows, so I started a little higher than if I was only doing one. Next, you'll tie the string to each nail, creating a line to attach your cards to later. Even though you'll want the line to droop a little once you're cards are displayed, secure it tightly for now. The weight of the cards will create the drooping affect once you attach them.
Now, much like I did when making a wreath, I gathered a small bunch of greenery and piece of holly. I used wire, twisting tightly at the back to secure. Using the excess wire, twist around the nail to add a decorative touch at the ends of your line. I also added a bow using my gold string to cover the floral wire, bows make everything cuter! Next, repeat these steps to add another row to your display.
Now, you'll need to get your mini clothes pins ready. I had some spray glue and glitter lying around, and thought it would make this project a little more festive for the holidays. I went into the garage and laid down an old towel. Then I simply sprayed a generous amount of glue on my clothes pins, and poured the glitter over top. I let them dry for about an hour while I added the 2nd row to my display, then went down and shook off the excess glitter.
Finally, the fun part, displaying your cards! Now that you have sparkly and festive clothes pins, you can display Christmas cards as they arrive in the mail!
I've been having so much fun displaying cards as they come in! I love seeing the photos of my friends and their growing families. This year, Andrew and I decided to do our first Holiday card together. I'm so excited to start this tradition with him. We spent forever looking at all the cute options Tiny Prints offers, I can't wait to share the one we picked with you. Don't they have so many cute Holiday Cards? It took forever to narrow it down to the one, I wanted like five!
Have you come up with a creative way to display your holiday cards? If so, I'd love to see it!