Christmas card ideas for displaying season’s greetings for the festive season

Running out of space on the mantelpiece to display your Christmas cards? Take inspiration from these great alternative ideas
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  • Are you looking for ways to display Christmas cards now that Christmas card season is upon us? Each day brings a new flurry being posted through the door, from old and new friends and family, constantly reminding you that it’s time to send out yours too!

    At first they get lined up along the mantelpiece, but you soon find yourself running out of space. Or perhaps you don’t have a mantelpiece so from the off you’re trying to think of an inspiring way to display your cards. Well look no further than the below ideas to make sure each and every card takes pride of place in your home.

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    1. Show off with foliage

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    This card display is the perfect way to add some extra decoration to an evergreen display in your home. Rather than splashing out on extra baubles or pine cones, add another dimension to the greenery by simply pegging your Christmas cards on. Pretty and cost effective.

    2. Tuck them into a window mirror

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    Make a hallway mirror a bit more festive by tucking Christmas cards in around the edges. This work brilliantly with a mirror window. Alternatively, invest in an old pair of shutters that you can tuck Christmas cards into for a festive centrepiece.

    3. String up with a bead garland

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    Bead garlands are a delicate alternative to tinsel or an evergreen garland. Bedazzle a mantle piece with a strand of beads, and peg your Christmas cards to each loop as shown above. Or hang then down the wall like a beaded curtain with cards clipped to the strands.

    4. Swap out your picture ledges

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    If you have picture ledges at home consider swapping our your usual prints for Christmas cards. This display has taken advantage of a row of wooden ledges for the cards. Make sure you select a mix of different size and shape cards for an interesting mix.

    5.Hang from the staircase

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    Make the most of a staircase by hanging them with Christmas cards. Choose a wide strip of ribbon and tie it to the banister in a big bow at the top and bottom, leave a long strip of ribbon running between the two. Attach the Christmas cards to the ribbon using bulldog clips in a complementary colour. Cluster the cards together for a full looking display.

    6. On wrapping paper

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    Get creative with the way you display your Christmas cards by opting for this quirky DIY effort using wrapping paper as a decorative backdrop. Use Washi tape to hang a piece of your favourite wrapping paper on a focal wall. Next fashion a tree shape using ribbon and stick on hooks. Either drape your Christmas cards and Christmas decorations through said ribbon, or stick cards into place with blu-tack. Voila!

    7. Hang from ribbon


    Ribbon of all widths and colours can be hung pretty much anywhere, whether its along the banisters, from the back of doors or just along a spare bit of wall. From there you can either staple, paper clip or peg your cards onto the ribbon – either in a neat, organised fashion, or more loosely and angled. Tying cute bows at the top of each ribbon length also adds to the look.

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    8. In a frame or pinboard

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    Either use a pin board with a pretty frame and pin each card in a random, layered fashion or tie string across the frame and peg each card in a line to the string. The frames can then be lent on a shelf, mantelpiece or ledge and work in any sizes. You can even have one in each room and colour code your cards to match a room or scheme.

    9. Peg to a twig tree


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    If you’re able to forage a fallen branch, or even just a few twigs, arranged in a vase or jar, they then become the perfect place to hang your Christmas cards from with pretty ribbons or twine. Or if the twigs are slim enough, use mini pegs to attached each card and then hang mini decorations in between each one too.

    10. Make a card wreath


    Wire ring card holders are a great way to create a wreath of cards that can they be hung from a door or propped up on a shelf. Just slot your cards between each wire shape, and either layer up the cards crossing over each other, or leave space between so you can see each card in full. A few hung together looks really effective and a great alternative to a fresh wreath.

    11. Arrange in a Christmas tree shape


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    Using blue tac, Washi tape or masking tape, attach your Christmas cards to the wall or door in a triangle shape, replicating a Christmas tree. Try to use smaller cards at the top, getting progressively larger in size towards the bottom. Place a cut out star or star decoration at the top of the display to really give it that Christmas tree feel.

    12. Use a wire card holder

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    Using a wire card holder means you only need a shallow space to place it, and then its super easy to display your cards in varying heights and shapes. Put smaller ones in the middle, larger ones at the back and the rest can be placed alongside and in front. It can also be used again for birthdays, and other celebrations through-out the year.

    13. Display in a hamper

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    If you’re short on space, but still want to display your cards together, then making a feature of them layered up in a wicker hamper will allow you show off the prettiest ones but still keep them altogether. Intertwine with lights and ribbons for a twinkling display.

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    We hope you’ve enjoyed these Christmas card ideas!

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