I’m one of those people who LOVE Christmas time; one of the reasons I love this time of year so much is because of Christmas cards! I love sending them and I love receiving them. (I love sending mail in general.) I’ve even referred to myself before as a Christmas Card Crazy: someone who starts planning and obsessing over her Christmas card photo and design before Thanksgiving is even said and done.
Unfortunately, this year I didn’t get started on our cards as early as I would have liked. Last year we got our card photo taken professionally in the beginning of November, but this year, I ended up taking the photo myself during the first weekend of December. And by “take the photo myself,” I mean I put my DSLR on my tripod and set the timer. Doing it this way would have been no big deal if we didn’t have Otis in the picture, but I found that it’s kinda difficult to tell a dog to look at the camera! As you can probably see in our card above, Otis is not looking at the camera which is kind of a bummer, but I guess there’s only so much I can do when I’m taking the picture myself. Other than the uncooperative dog, I’m pretty happy with how our cards turned out this year. I really love Minted‘s gold foil-pressed designs. They are so pretty and unique!
On top of sending and receiving Christmas cards, I love displaying them in my home. I currently use this to display the cards we’re receiving, but I’ve always wondered what to do with the cards after Christmas is over. I always keep the cards rather than just throw them away because they are usually cards from our family and friends. (Plus I know from experience how much time and money they put into their cards!) But the cards typically just end up in a box in my closet, so this year, I did some research on what to do with them and came up with this: use them for Christmas decorations!
It’s really pretty simple. Save the cards and keep them in the same box you keep your Christmas decorations in. Then when it’s time to decorate your home for the holidays, display the old cards you’ve received over the years. Since my Christmas card wreath is not big enough to display my old and new cards at the same time, I came up with a cheap and easy idea for another display.
Pretty simple, huh? All I did was take some red ribbon I already had and green clothespins I found on Amazon and went to work. In order to keep the ribbon in place, I just wrapped it around the stairway rail and stapled the loose ends. Then I clipped the old cards to the ribbon with the clothespins and voila! Christmas card display and decoration for our stairway.
I’m so happy I finally figured out what to do with all our old Christmas cards from previous years; I wish I would have thought to do this a long time ago!
Do you like sending Christmas cards? How do you like to display the cards you receive in your home?