Have you heard of Pinterest? If you are somewhat crafty (or want to be) then you know what I’m talking about. Pinterest is an online bulletin board that has idea after idea, after idea, after idea.

Since it’s the holidays, it’s time for a fun inexpensive holiday craft and that means a trip to Pinterest, www.pinterest.com. After searching for “Holiday Crafts” I discovered some very creative ways to display Christmas cards.

Since I’m a crafter I do tend to get quite a few cards from friends and family during December, the only time of the year I look forward to mail. In the past, I have literally taped the cards to the entry way wall, or I have put them on top of a bookcase (didn’t work out so well, just imagine Domino’s). So, this idea was something that I needed.

I have an eclectic rustic décor and when I saw a “pin” on Pinterest use a tree branch for an advent calendar, then I knew I had my idea. I would do a tree branch, hang some ribbon, jute, twine, something down from it and use the old-fashion clothes pins as the card holders.

I found a branch in my neighbor’s tree that she let me cut off — I didn’t have any other branches available. I wanted the branch to be about 4 feet wide, it ended up being longer. I cut off the little branches, leaving me with a pretty bare branch. Perfect. Next, I took a trip to the dollar store for the clothes pins (if you have some, you just saved a dollar). I found some fun ribbon/garland in my stash that I’ve been saving for the right occasion. However, the dollar store has great holiday ribbon right now. I just need to decorate the clothes pins, which were $1 for a package of 36.

You could always leave the clothes pins plain, for the additional rustic look. Since I am a scrapbooker, I have lots of options to cover the clothes pins. But even if I didn’t have my stash of fancy options, there are still lots of ways you can decorate the clothes pins.

1. Paint them. Use acrylic paint on them with a small foam brush (coordinate the colors with your ribbon).

2. Adhere paper. You could use scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, construction paper, etc. You can get holiday designed paper by the sheet at places like JoAnn’s, Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

3. Use Washi tape, aka craft tape. Washi is a Japenese tape, just like masking tape, but with decorative designs.

4. Have the kids add fun holiday stickers.

I ended up covering my clothes pins with Washi tape. I had red with polka dots and music decorated ones that I used. The music one was the perfect width, so just trimming the two ends was all that was needed. The red tape was a little wider, but it was easy to just trim off.

Assembly is all that I needed to do. I wrapped my ribbon around the branch and let it hang down nicely. I did four ribbon strands and then attached the clothes pins. Hang on the wall and you are good to go. Now, my Christmas card holder is ready for those cards.

There are a plethora of other options for card holders. On Pinterest you can search for “Christmas card display” and “Christmas card holder” to find all kinds of great ideas. My favorite idea is to use old shutters to slide the cards between the slats.

I hope that this holiday season you take a moment to make a craft for yourself, with your kids or grandkids and enjoy making new memories that last a lifetime.


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