Everyone loves getting Christmas cards, but without a stylish and systematic way to display them they can end up getting shoved in a drawer or cluttering up the countertops or mantel. Luckily the Christmas card enthusiasts of the world have come up with multiple solutions that celebrate this cherished holiday tradition in ways both modern and classic, from wall hangings to staircase garlands to DIY displays.
Check out these clever and creative ways to showcase Christmas cards both past and present so that they're front and center when you need to be reminded of all the people who cared enough to send them.
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Repurpose a Vintage Window
A Blissful Nest attached clips to a vintage window frame hung on the wall, adding paper snowflakes to make it more decorative and fill the empty spaces while you wait for the cards to trickle in.Continue to 2 of 30 below.
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Clip Them on a Staircase Garland
Inspired By Charm paper clipped vintage Christmas cards and envelopes to a bright and shiny staircase garland to add charm and keep them on display.Continue to 3 of 30 below.
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Use Reclaimed Wood
The Merrythought created a DIY Christmas card display by attaching bulldog clips to reclaimed wood boards.Continue to 4 of 30 below.
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Repurpose an Old Picture Frame
Your DIY Family repurposed an old picture frame, adding linen backing and rubber bands to keep Christmas cards in place.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Use What You Have
In this Scandinavian apartment from Fantastic Frank, a wire mesh display on the wall can be used for holiday cards and strung with a single branch of eucalyptus for a minimalist solution that can stay up all year and be used for other seasonal displays until Christmas card season rolls around again.Continue to 6 of 30 below.
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Drape the Doorway
Studio DIY created a Christmas card garland display that frames the entrance to the kitchen with cabinets wrapped like presents with bright red bows.Continue to 7 of 30 below.
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Pin Them To a Cork Tree
This DIY Christmas tree-shaped corkboard from A Beautiful Mess creates a place to pin up Christmas cards in plain view.Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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Let Santa Help
Blogger Liz Marie hung Christmas cards from a vintage toboggan with magnets to fill an otherwise empty corner with holiday cheer.Continue to 10 of 30 below.
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As the season progresses and more cards come in, blogger Liz Marie attaches them with tiny clips to rows of twine and strings them across a life-sized Santa cutout.Continue to 11 of 30 below.
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Clip Them Up
Your DIY Family created a simple and streamlined solution for reducing Christmas card clutter using faux suede cord, wooden beads, and wooden clothespins that keeps cards in place without taking up any room on the mantel.Continue to 12 of 30 below.
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Make a DIY Plywood Display
This simple plywood display from The Merrythought has tiny ledges so that you can display your favorite cards like miniature works of art.
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Keep Them Under a Cloche
Blogger Liz Marie added a glass cloche stuffed with vintage Christmas letter envelopes to a wall of built-ins styled for the holidays, an idea that could work anywhere as a way to corral your cards while keeping them visible.Continue to 14 of 30 below.
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Glue Them to a Mailbox
Blogger Liz Marie attached Christmas cards to a Letters to Santa mailbox in a haphazard fashion to create a windblown 3D effect that will delight the kids.Continue to 15 of 30 below.
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Use Photo Clip Holders
A Beautiful Mess used individual photo clip holders to display holiday cards and photos in a cheeky Christmas vignette.Continue to 19 of 30 below.
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Build a Better Mousetrap
Deactivated mouse traps are the secret building block for this DIY holiday card display from Fynes Designs.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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Embellish the Stockings
Blogger Liz Marie embellished holiday stockings with Christmas cards for a two-for-one holiday punch.Continue to 22 of 30 below.
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Blow It Up
Blogger Annie Diamond from Most Lovely Things set her Frame TV with a blown up family photo from a previous year's Christmas card that adds a personal touch to her simple stone mantel display.Continue to 23 of 30 below.
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Hang Them From a Wall Tree
Design Improvised turned a blank wall in the foyer into a holiday card display with some twine, a few ornaments, and clips for holding Christmas cards that takes minutes to put up and will bring holiday cheer all season long.Continue to 24 of 30 below.
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Frame Them Up
A Beautiful Mess created a family Christmas photo display that showcases favorite family photos from throughout the years. If your holiday cards include family photos, keeping one to frame for yourself is a fun tradition that you can add to as the years pass and your family grows.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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Repurpose a Thrift Store Frame
At Home With Ashley repurposed a gilded thrift store picture frame into a DIY Christmas card holder by adding dollhouse trim that keeps cards in place.Continue to 26 of 30 below.
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Upcycle an Old Crib Frame
My 100 Year Old Home repurposed an old crib mattress frame as a Christmas card display, clipping cards to the metal cross wires with small red clothespins.Continue to 27 of 30 below.
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Hang Them on a Table Top Tree
A tabletop tree like this one from blogger Liz Marie can be used as a Christmas card display that will keep all those sweet hand-written sentiments in sight. This idea could also work on a larger tree.Continue to 28 of 30 below.
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Pin Them On a Dress Form
My 100 Year Old Home pinned Christmas cards to a dress form in the sewing and craft room for an irreverent take on a holiday card display, and tied the waist with a giant red bow.Continue to 30 of 30 below.
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If you don't have the heart to recycle all those Christmas cards once the season is over, give them a new life instead. Thistlewood Farms turned old Christmas cards into a Merry banner by cutting them up and stringing them together with twine to create a small piece of DIY holiday decor.