Decorating with Christmas Cards

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Every year we send and receive Christmas cards. And every year, I add to the collection. I can’t bear to part with a single one. Some of the cards are from friends with growing children with their pictures on the front. It’s wonderful watching them grow up.

Some of the cards are of beautiful winter scenes, or of Santa, or perhaps of the baby Jesus. I cherish them all—especially the ones of friends and relatives that have passed on.

You may have a collection of Christmas cards as well; or do you toss them and wait for a new supply to come in next Christmas? Keep them! They can become part of your Christmas décor.

Frame a Doorway

One of my favorite ways is to frame a doorway. I can see every card and enjoy it all over again. The look is very personal and very warm.

Look your cards over and decide which cards look good together. They will be different sizes. Some will open from the bottom and some will open from the side. Some won’t open at all. They will be face cards, perhaps with children’s pictures.

When I hang the cards, I don’t want them to fall open. I only want to see the pretty pictures on the front. Use double stick tape or fold over single stick tape making a loop with the sticky on the outside. Now that you have tape with two sticky sides, place the tape on the inside of the cards in one place only, near the edge. You don’t want them permanently closed, because you may want to peek inside occasionally and do a little reminiscing. If you don’t want to tape them closed, that’s okay too. Just skip this step.

Once again, using double stick tape, start placing the cards at the top of the doorframe and move across. Select the cards you think look good together. Even after you’ve placed them, you can always change your mind and rearrange them.

I like to take them all the way to the floor so the entire door is framed. If you prefer, you may take them half way or three quarters of the way down. Then as new cards arrive you can tape them to the doorframe and add to the collection.

If you want the display to look a little dressier, place a greenery swag or large bow at each corner of the doorframe. Start placing your cards after these decorations are in place.

Decorate the Door

Another way to display your cards is on the door instead of the doorframe. Attach ribbons of varying lengths to the back of the cards. If you like, you can attach more than one card to a single ribbon, but avoid the cluttered look.

At the top edge of the door, (not the face of the door) attach the ribbons with thumbtacks. When pushed all the way in, the tack will not affect the closing of the door. This can be done on several doors throughout the entertaining area. Use ribbons that will complement your decorating scheme.

Decorate the Kitchen Cabinets

Once again, you can use your kitchen cabinets in the same way. Attach the thumbtacks holding the different lengths of ribbon to the backside of the cabinets. Three cards on your cabinet doors may be all you need.

Using Christmas cards is an easy way to decorate your home and display your cards at the same. Have fun decorating, and Merry Christmas!

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    kimberly

    November 3rd, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    this is a wonderful idea. me and my family have been doing this every year, but you always end up with a lot of extra cards… so instead of crowding them in or throwing them away we hang them on the Christmas tree. its a wonderful touch to any kind of Christmas tree theme and it looks gorgeous.

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    Tom

    November 14th, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    We over decorate at Christmas, but always enjoy it, and have done this same thing over and around doors with cards. One year, after my wife’s grandmother passed away, we found an old “aluminum” tree in her basement, and no one wanted it but us. Now, we put it in an unused corner of the den and hang holiday cards on it. It is unsual and really looks great catching all the glimmer of the season in a dark corner. It is very easy to assemble and dis-assemble and a great way to display Christmas cards on the branches.

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    Judith

    November 14th, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    I had heard of a Christmas tradition where the first Christmas card of the season that depicted the three wise men was hung over a doorway. What is the actual custom and where did it come from?

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    katelyn

    November 22nd, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    this is a wounderful idea, i never know what to do with all of thoes christmas cards, and i dont want to throw them away!

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    navidad

    November 26th, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    oUAhhh, wonderful, incredible… I am a spaniard and i want do it this year…

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    carlie

    November 28th, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    I also use old cards with the wonderful Christmas scenes/pictures and frame them. Some are even the perfect size to place inside an already existing frame. if the frame is too big, just mat it with Xmas paper behind the card.
    Take down some of your usual pictures and replace with Xmas scenes from cards!

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    Deb

    December 2nd, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    I have used Christmas Cards for name tags when wrapping Christmas presents.

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    Karen

    December 7th, 2007 at 11:32 am

    I do this too , but instead of tape , use a paper punch , & string them with red yarn or festive ribbons

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    Kelley Wear

    December 17th, 2007 at 2:33 am

    I have made one wall in my house “the card wall”. I started it when I was in college nineteen years ago. I guess I was feeling alone and it served as a reminder of how I wasn’t really alone. Now it is great to remember those who have since gone, those with whom I have grown apart, and to watch children grow up as their photos change. Now I have my own family and every year the card wall grows… I will pass them on to my child to continue the tradition if she so chooses.

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    Patty

    December 19th, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Following a “card-hanging ” tradition that my mother began, I use straight pins and hang the cards on my living room draperies. They look beautiful hanging there and I get loads of compliments!

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    jilly

    December 23rd, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    I use clear packing tape to totally cover packages that I mail out with wall to wall card fronts on all sides…gives the mail carriers something to look at, too!

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    Beth

    November 16th, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Hi i’m Beth and i’m 12.
    This is a great idea, I can’t wait till Christmas.

    A couple of years ago I decided to draw my own Christmassy picture, photo copy it then send it to everyone. They loved it.

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    DJ

    November 29th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I have used them as gift tags,but also used to cut them into shapes (circles) use a hole punch on each side of the circle and using bright yarn or ribbon tie them together with a nice bow and use them as a garland for your tree or doorway.

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    Patti

    December 4th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    I kept getting these beautiful Christmas cards. And I didn’t want to throw them away but didn’t want to drag them out each year and hang them with the new cards. So I chose my favorites and went to my local copy center. I copied them on the laser printer (so they would be waterproof) and found one of those old sleds hanging around the basement. I decoupaged the cards copies over the surface of the sled. I personally like to dip the copies in water first to make sure they are pliable and you have less chance of wrinkles this way. I over lapped some of them and I simply cut through the paper where there were spaces between the wooden slats on the sled. Wrapped the excess paper around the back. When I was done I added a few more coats of the glue, dried, top coated it. And I now have a beautiful vintage sled covered in Christmas cards. I lean it against a wall on our screened in porch with a spot light on it. Guests love it and some recognize thier cards! Bonus!

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    Meghan

    December 9th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Amazing! I will use it this year, and years to come!

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    unnati

    December 14th, 2008 at 3:40 am

    i would luv 2 tell u all who have given ideas to show the cards u have made

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    Nhika Matias

    December 22nd, 2008 at 2:19 am

    This is such a truly amazing idea. I really wonder who ever thought of this. It should be fun making it and my family tradition about
    making christmas cards is also fun. We usually display it in front of our house so it usually means the door. Lots of people in our city gave
    positive comments and I felt really proud. Just to remind you that I really like this idea.

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    Kim

    October 9th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I also place Christmas cards in picture frames. They make a lovely display.

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    amelia

    November 13th, 2009 at 3:16 am

    its truly a great idea n good investment, hanging on to wonderful memorise n old time quotes .

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    Debbie

    November 18th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I have used the Christmas cards we receive to decorate going up our staircase by either pinning them or clipping them or by holepunching and tying them to lighted garland running up the staircase. I have also done the same thing around doorways - made a clothespin wreath that holds them - and put them in a holiday sleigh on the mantel…………….. they can be a great decorating tool.

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    Cynthia Black

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Hi, I am glad to see that my tradition of putting my old Christmas cards out every year can be kept. I have always hug my old Christmas cards up on my kitchen cabinets, or placed in various places of my home. I just love seeing all of the beautiful cards and I too cannot part with them. I will adopt the idea of framing a door and putting them in picture frames, or even using them for gift tags.

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    joe

    December 7th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    hello putting the decorations up now

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    Jughead

    December 15th, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Good ideas!My friends said that the cards was amazing!!!

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    Julie

    December 20th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    My grandmother used to display Christmas cards with a decorated coffee can. She opened both ends, making a large tube. Then she wrapped it with red or green yarn–loop one strand vertically and tie it on the inside of the can; then keep wrapping the ball (or skein) of yarn tightly, all the way around the can until it’s covered completely. Tie off the end inside the can. Fold each card onto one strand–they fan around the entire can. You can glue a circle of red or green cardboard (or even the plastic lid) to the top, with a poinsettia glued to it.

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    Theresa Suttles

    October 18th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I was ready to submit my idea, and then I saw Julie’s reply directly above mine. We did this craft in Vacation Bible School when I was a child, except we used a potato chip can. I think I’m going to do this with my kids this year.
    www.outrageouslyblessed.com

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    Mary

    November 7th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I also have been hanging on to Christmas cards for about thirty years now. I get them out and hang them around the doorways every year. They bring back the warmest memories. It sets the holiday off with the right feelings.

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    Dottie

    December 11th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Last year for family, I picked out the cards they sent the previous year. Got a wooden door hanger from a craft store. Painted it red or green, whatever looked best with the card. I glued the front of the card on one side and the inside with their signature on the other. Decorated the edges with trim or glitter. Came out beautiful and everyone really liked it because after all, it was a card they picked out! I hung it on the tree, then gave it to them when they came over.

    I also keep all the Christmas card photos in a special photo book and set out at Christmas. It is fun to look through every year as family and friends grow up.

    Merry Christmas to all!

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    Alma

    December 12th, 2010 at 1:59 am

    CHRISTMAS THANK YOU POSTCARDS
    I would cut off and discard the right side of the opened card. I would then draw a line down the middle from top to bottom on the back side of the picture. My daughters would then write thank you notes on the left hand side (I would address the right side); we then mailed them as a Thank You Postcard.

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    Pat

    December 12th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    When I was young and in lower school we used to make Christmas cards into Chinese lanterns and hang them from the ceiling. You can string them on garland and decorate that way. Merry Christmas

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    Donna

    December 15th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I don’t recieve alot of cards like before e-mail. I think my idea can work for those that recieve few cards or even an overflow. after decorating the doorways take your left over cards and place them in a glass bowl with some christmas balls, pinecones, or peppermint candies in the bottom and place the cards between them. simple and elegent, place it anywhere.

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    caitlin davies

    December 16th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    this is agood idea for makin cards then y woul’t have to buy them

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    Tay-Tay

    December 20th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    i think you should print a christmas card online,give a present,say thanks,give a christmas dinner. ps my favorite color is pink my dog names is cece.

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    Tricia

    December 21st, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing some neat ideas. I think I’ll try Donna’s with a (never used) punch bowl and fill with ornaments and bulbs I didn’t use this year, or the pinecones might be neat too.

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    Corinne

    December 27th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I like to make boxes with them and give them back filled with chocs or goodies of some kind the following year. It requires a lot of time though and I don’t know if I’ll get round to it this year. It only works with square cards, but you can trim oblong ones to highlight the best part of a card. Of course they could be used to hang on the tree….

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    Donna

    November 8th, 2011 at 1:56 am

    You can always punch a hole in the card front, run a ribbon through it, print your favorite recipe on the backside (if it’s blank) and tie it to a jar filled with the dry ingredients, to give as a gift. Or just decopage the card fronts to the front of the jar and the recipe to the back. then cover the jar lid with some pretty cloth or an ornament of some kind.

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    CHRISTmas "Carol"

    November 18th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Trying to find something to do with 27 years worth of CHRISTmas cards…I’ll be back to this site. :)

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    Lynn Sarro

    December 3rd, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I started hanging christmas cards in the mini blinds that hang in my dining room. The cards slip easily through the slats of the blinds and decorate the dining room each season.

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    Kathy

    December 7th, 2011 at 6:29 am

    one of my favorite Christmas card decorations was originally a gift from my aunt to my mother. It was a triptych made out of cardboard, with royal blue paper covering the front and gold paper covering the back. There was a little bit of paper foil covering the seams all around. The royal blue side was decorated with circular and oval cutouts from Madonna and Child themed cards. I love displaying this at Christmas

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