christmas card stringy thing

The finished product. Not great if you've got a kid that walks and grabs.

The finished product. Not great if you’ve got a kid that walks and grabs.

Pete’s started calling it a “card tree” but I don’t think it’s really an accurate description of this thing I just created out of necessity. When we lived in our old apartment, a lovely third-floor number in an old three-family that had been redone and was quite quaint, we had tall wainscoting in the kitchen that was a great spot to tape up our Christmas cards. They just kind of got taped around the room and became instant decorations that were fun to look at.

Last year we were in our new-to-us house for the first time and we didn’t know what to do with those cards anymore. We tried taping them to the edge of the staircase but they just kept falling down. When people sat down on the bench that’s in front of the stairs, the cards would fall on their heads. It was a hassle.

This year, I decided that I had to create some kind of card solution because I just love displaying them! Cute little kids and adorable pets and pretty illustrations and sentiments…cards are the best. Mail is the best. Luckily, the bare basement door is the perfect place for display where everyone will get to see them (the door is in a high-traffic open area). So, I found the perfect spot, but…for what? I roamed around A.C. Moore for about a half hour before the gears started turning. I like teeny tiny clothespins, so I wanted to use them. So how about just a string with the cards hanging on them? But that seemed too easy (although it would probably be prettier…a garland of cards! Maybe next year…). I opted instead for a vertical display: strings hanging freely from a dowel, dripping with holiday cheer. Yay! It was crazy easy. I also got to use the glue gun, a task I truly enjoy.

Materials! Some wood, some ribbon, some twine, and some glue. And don't forget the tiny clothespins! Now that I'm thinking about it, a nice thick twig with twine would work well, too.

Materials! Some wood, some ribbon, some twine, and some glue. And don’t forget the tiny clothespins! Now that I’m thinking about it, a nice thick twig with twine would work well, too.

Glue the ribbon to the wood. Cover that sucker. Don't worry about it being messy on the back.

Glue the ribbon to the wood. Cover that sucker. Don’t worry about it being messy on the back.

Tie the twine however you like. Knots, bows, beads...who knows? I encourage creativity! I'm a fan of bows, myself. I added a dab of hot glue to tack it down.

Tie the twine however you like. Knots, bows, beads…who knows? I encourage creativity! I’m a fan of bows, myself. I added a dab of hot glue to tack it down.

Tiny clothespins!

Tiny clothespins!

My helper elf.

My helper elf.

And that’s it! How do you display your holiday cards?

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