Creative Holiday Card Displays
One of the best parts of Christmas is all of the holiday cards you get in the mail throughout the season. It’s nice to know your friends and relatives, however distant, are thinking about you, and many people like to display the Christmas cards they have received somewhere around the house: on the mantle, on a bookshelf, near or on the Christmas tree.
After the holiday is over, though, what do you do with all of those Christmas cards? It can be difficult to throw them away, especially since some are from dear friends or cherished family members, and some are just too cute to throw away. But what else can you do with them?
Here are a few creative ways to display your holiday cards throughout the year.
- Make a picture frame – You can use holiday cars destined for the trash in many different craft projects, and they don’t have to be Christmas themed. You can easily make a photo frame out of Christmas cards that you can enjoy year-round. First cut a picture frame out of cardboard — perhaps from an empty box after all the packages are unwrapped on Christmas morning. Then cut the cards into squares or strips out of the cards, and arrange the pieces in some fashion — for instance, you could weave the strips together and glue them down, or glue down squares in a mosaic pattern.
- Make a magnet – Does a card have a cute image you want to preserve? Perhaps an animal or a photograph of someone? Glue the image onto a thin magnetic sheet, the kind you can buy at the craft store, and then cut out the image and the magnet.
- Make a collage – A collage is a great way to remember your holiday, as well as a great creative project for you and the kids. Use whole cards or cut out parts of them to use in a collage. Find other things to add to the collage: bits of tinsel, discarded wrapping paper and ribbons, even pictures of the family enjoying the holiday festivities.
- Frame a special card – Since many families like to send out photo holiday cards, one great way to use the cards after the holidays are over is to frame them. Trim off the portion of the card you don’t want, matte the picture, and choose a frame. Small frames — the kind you might display on your desk, dresser, or a bookshelf — are perfect for this.
- Holiday cards scrapbooking – Scrapbooking is a popular way to save photographs and other mementos, such as holiday cards. You can scrapbook entire cards, so that you can go back and read the inscriptions later, or cut out pieces of the cards to decorate your scrapbook pages instead of store-bought die-cuts. Be creative and utilize other bits and pieces of Christmas decorations — wrapping paper, bits of ribbon, shreds of tinsel — to liven up your scrapbook pages as well.
You don’t have to have a lot of artistic skill in order to make something out of recycled Christmas cards. All you need is a good idea and a little imagination!
Bio: Diane Ferraro is a freelance writer for a company that sells Christmas cards. When she is not writing or blogging, she loves to spend time with her twin daughters.