How to DIY: Easy & Inexpensive Christmas Card Holder

by Heather on December 19, 2012

How to DIY: Easy & Inexpensive Christmas Card Holder from @HeathersDish The crafting of the insufficient crafter continues; this time we’re throwing a little holiday decorating into the mix!


Here’s the deal: we have a big plastic tub that is filled to the brim with our Christmas decorations and I kind of like it that way.  We have a bunch of fun ornaments that we’ve accumulated over the years, plus the ones that our parents gave us from when we were kiddos.  This is something I’m totally fine with – I love ornaments!  What I don’t love though?  The idea of having to go buy a new tub as we continue to potentially garner more Christmas stuff.


You may call it lazy, but I call it efficient.  To-MAY-to to-MAH-to.

How to DIY: Easy & Expensive Christmas Card Holder from @HeathersDish

Now that we know this about me, you can imagine my shock and awe of two things that I realized this year:

  1. We have nowhere to place our Christmas cards as the roll in, and
  2. I had a big cylinder of plastic ornaments that somehow snuck into our official Christmas bin unbeknownst to me.

I have no idea where the ornaments came from, why we have them, and where to put them.  I thought about putting them on the tree but THAT would have meant I’d have to actually go to the store and hunt down the ornament hook thingies.  That, my friends, you can label as lazy because that’s exactly what it is.  I don’t want to have to venture into Christmasland in the aisles of Target/Walmart/Garden Ridge because I just don’t feel like it.


So what, WHATWHATWHAT?!?!?! to do with the ornaments?


Enter kitchen twine + clothes pins + 2 little nails.  And the easiest way to display Christmas cards from friends and family should you decide that your mantel is already too busy!

How to DIY: Easy & Expensive Christmas Card Holder from @HeathersDish First things first: it’s important to note that I don’t know how much the ornaments actually cost since I don’t remember getting them in the first place.  BUT we are already but a week away from Christmas, which means that you guys have probably already done your decorating thus far.  Wait for the shatter-resistant ornaments to go on 90% off sale in 9 days.  Promise.  It’s gonna be great!


Basically all I did was tie the kitchen twine around the little hanger part of each ornament about 5-6 inches apart, alternating the colors.  I think it took me a grand total of 20 minutes and a glass of wine to do it all, and then figure out how you want to hang it on the wall.  I would have done mine in one big long string, but there were already holes in the wall in our rental house so I just made due with those.  I actually like the doubled-up look though!  As the cards flood in just clip ‘em on the string in between ornaments  and voila!  A card display that keeps your mantel free of clutter and cost practically nothing!

How to DIY: Easy & Expensive Christmas Card Holder from @HeathersDish

Alrighty guys, your turn:  favorite crafts lately?  How do you display your Christmas cards?  And is anyone else as neurotic about the amount of Christmas decor in their house?

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1 Molly at Duchess of Fork December 19, 2012

Cute and easy. Gotta love that!


2 Laurie {Simply Scratch} December 19, 2012

What a great idea!


3 Jacqui December 19, 2012

So cute!


4 Urban Wife December 19, 2012

Absolutely genius! :)


5 Anna December 20, 2012

I’m loving the string/ribbon & clothespin ideas for hanging cards. I usually tape them up on the wall but this seems more festive.
Now in terms of the actual ornaments, I don’t think I knew that there were officially ornament hooks until I helped a friend decorate in high school. In my house we always used large paperclips. Simply fold the outer part up and you have two hooks – one side for the ornament and the other to hang in the branch.


6 Melissa December 20, 2012

What a great idea- it looks so nice. There’s nothing as satisfying as seeing some homemade pretty-ness in your home! We have our cards on our mantel, but this looks much nicer.

I know this has nothing to do with this post, but I found your blog via the fitnessista- intrigued by your claims of curly hair, (I have insanely curly hair)! Do you straighten your hair every day, and if so, I would love to hear your routine! It looks great :)



7 Heather December 21, 2012

Hey Melissa!

I’m so glad you found your way here – I adore Gina’s blog!

I have really curly hair, but the good news is that it does actually straighten pretty well. I don’t straighten it that often anymore – I embrace the curls now! – but when I do I usually apply a heat protector, let it air dry a bit, then blow-dry it straight with a round brush. Then I use a straightening iron on it – I don’t use hairspray or anything after the fact because that tends to make it curly-ish again after all that work straightening. I really don’t like to use a lot of product period, but a good heat protector s worth it!


8 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 21, 2012

What a cute idea and a great way to display Christmas cards! I’m bookmarking this for next year.


9 Alicia F. December 23, 2012

Love this idea! Definitely adding it to my DIY list for next year! :-)


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