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One of my favorite things about Christmas time is getting cards from family and friends. I know a lot of people seem to think that Christmas cards are useless these days, but I still really enjoy them. The past few years, though, I have struggled to find a pretty way to display them. Read on to see how to create your own Christmas card holder!
I have tried everything from building a card wreath (epic fail) to just taping them around the frame of a doorway. None of them were good enough for me. This year, I decided to try to find a way to display the cards I receive in a beautiful and functional way and I think I found a Christmas card holder solution I am going to love.
My inspiration came from a trip down to the dry river bed a few weekends ago. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and the kids and I were bored being at the house. We are lucky enough to live near a river here in the Hill Country of Texas. In the colder months, it typically dries up enough that most of the river is dry, with small pools of cold, clear water here and there. The kids and I love to go down to the river and look for fossils and practice skipping rocks.
On this particular day, I spied a few driftwood branches that caught my eye. At first, I just admired their beauty. But then I thought, “I want to take these branches home.” For what? I had no idea. I just knew I wanted to keep them and create something beautiful with them if possible. So before we left the river that day, I grabbed those branches and hauled them to my van. My kids were very confused why mommy decided to keep a couple of dirty sticks. Ha!
Once we were home, I checked the mail and found my very first Christmas card. I set it on the counter because I had nowhere to put it just yet. Around that time, I started scrubbing the river soot off my newly acquired branches when I had an epiphany. What if I used the smaller branch to make a simple, natural Christmas card holder? And as soon as the thought crossed my mind, I knew what I would do.
The next day I ran out to Hobby Lobby and grabbed two eucalyptus garlands (they were 50% off!). I cut each of them in half and hung them from the branch using fishing string. Then I took some leftover chunky ivory yarn and wrapped it around each end of the branch. While at Hobby Lobby, I also grabbed some miniature clothespins. I hung my garland-bedecked branch on a nail in the wall and clipped my budding collection of Christmas cards on the garland with the mini clothespins.
It’s simple. It brings in natural elements to my decor (which I LOVE). It’s not overly Christmas-y. And it was cheap and easy. How much better can it get?
I really love my new Christmas card holder and can’t wait to hang more cards from it! It’s so nice when a spontaneous trip to a dry riverbed inspires a functional DIY project, right?
How do you display your Christmas cards?