9 Unique Ways to Display Holiday Cards

By the time Christmas Eve rolls around, many mantles will be groaning under a flood of holiday greeting cards. Lighten the load this year by displaying them with some DIY style.

  1. Door Ribbons

    Door Ribbons

    Adorn your door with holiday cards. All you need is a length of decorative ribbon on which to attach them. You can do the same thing on a kitchen cabinet, a column, or newel post. The cards in this photo have clips on them, which in turn are hung on buttons attached to the ribbon. A stapler would do the job just fine, though.

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  2. Door Garland

    Door Garland

    Let holiday cards welcome you home with an evergreen garland in the doorway. Pin cards to branches using clothespins, and add decorative flare such as tinsel or ornaments to boost the holiday spirit.


  3. Tomato Cage Tree

    Tomato Cage Tree

    Once you’ve taken in your tomato cages after the harvest, they can serve a second purpose before the end of the year. Just tie the open end together with some twine to create a cone shape. Then decorate with a little festive paper and start hanging your cards with binder clips as they come in from the mailbox.

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  4. Branch and Card Arrangement

    Branch and Card Arrangement

    Make an arrangement of twigs in a pitcher, vase, jar or another vessel. Then punch holes in your holiday cards and string ribbon through them to make a natural ornament like this. So simple yet so elegant.

    Related: Holiday Room Staging

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  5. Christmas Card Doorway Border

    Christmas Card Doorway Border

    If time and budget are tight, use what you’ve got. With some tape and a little greenery from the yard, you can border a mirror or doorway with your holiday well wishes. You’ll enjoy them every time you pass by or through.

    Related: 10 Alternative Wreaths to Make You Forget about Evergreens


  6. Ladder Card Holder

    Ladder Card Holder

    If you're like many folks, you probably have a spare ladder or two languishing in the garage. While there are plenty of permanent fixtures to be made from these humble rungs, give them a seasonal treatment by wrapping them in colored string or ribbon. Clip cards to wrappings for a vertical decorative display.

    Related: Homemade Christmas Ornaments


  7. String Lights

    String Lights

    String lights have recently been reclaimed from the Christmas tree to be used as everyday mood lighting from the kitchen to the bedroom. In keeping with the theme of its original use, string lights can be used as card holders, effectively transforming any drab wall into a spectacle of well wishes from friends and family.

    Related: Holiday Lights Go Neutral: 9 Options


  8. Pom Poms

    Pom Pons

    Here, pom pom garlands hang in a window to display cards with bursts of cheer. Slip ribbons through the top of cards and tie around the garland for a festive way to hang up this year's season's greetings.


  9. Clothespin Card Wreath

    Clothespin Card Wreath

    This simple clothespin wreath is a wonderful alternative to the traditional evergreen variety. Decorate some clothespins, glue them to a hoop, and you are in business.


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