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Show off your Holiday Cards in Style with this DIY Branch Holiday Card Display

by Marlene Sauer

 

DIY Branch Holiday Card Display
Images by Marlene Sauer

Every winter, it's the same story. I get a handful of thoughtfully selected, lovingly written cards for the holidays...and, I have nowhere to put them.

Tacked on the fridge with the grocery lists and unpaid parking tickets? Jammed on a shelf between the dusty knick-knacks and piles of unopened mail? Ok, my house isn't THAT disorganized (most of the time), but I'm sure you feel the pain of receiving beautiful mail and having nowhere to display it.

This year, I decided to take matters into my craft-loving hands and make a simple, pretty DIY branch holiday card display. It only requires a few basic supplies to make, can be made as small or as large as you want, and will make your home smell like a pine tree, which is obviously the best reason to make your own. Keep reading to see how to make a DIY branch holiday card display!

DIY branch holiday card display

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Make It! Simple & Easy DIY Christmas Card Display

by Holly Wade

DIY Framed Web Christmas Card Holder

Can you believe how quickly December is flying by?! Before I knew it, Christmas cards started arriving in the mail and I realized I had nowhere to display them. In our small apartment, it can be difficult to find space, so I decided to utilize an existing frame on a table to make this DIY framed web card holder that would be easy to store away for next season or repurpose for other items.

 This project is very easy to put together with a few simple supplies, and you can upgrade it with colors that match the holiday season! Using any frame in any size, you simply string yarn tightly across the back of the frame for pinning your Christmas cards for display. It now sits on a table out of the way, and it’s easy to store away after the holidays.

DIY Framed Web Card Holder

MATERIALS:

  • Photo frame, backing and glass removed
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Clothespins or clips

Step

Remove the backing and glass from a photo frame so that only the empty wood frame remains.

DIY Framed Web Card Holder

Step

Use a staple gun to staple the end of a skein of yarn to the back of the frame near one of the corners (double staple for good measure if needed) and then tie a knot to secure it.

Note, a thinner frame may result in the staple being visible from the front. Be sure to staple at the thickest part of the frame if you're concerned about this.

Step

Without cutting the yarn, string it tightly across to the other side of the frame and staple again. This must be very tight and secure in order for the cards to hang properly.

DIY Framed Web Card Holder

Step

Continue stringing the yarn back and forth across the frame in no particular pattern to create a web. Once you feel it’s full enough, cut the yarn and make sure the final staple is secure (double staple if needed) and tie another knot.

DIY Framed Web Christmas Card Holder

DIY Framed Web Christmas Card Holder

Step

Flip over the frame and use clothespins or similar clips to clip cards to the yarn. Lean on a table for display or add hanging hardware to the back of the frame if you prefer to hang it.

Easy, right?! Now, when the holidays are over, you can choose to repurpose it to hang other items like notes and photos. Otherwise, store it away until next Christmas!

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How To: 100+ Easy Handmade Christmas Card Tutorials

by DIY Maven

How To: 100+ Easy Handmade Christmas Card Tutorials

A few years back, I posted an article highlighting 36 easy handmade Christmas cards. Little did we know that four years later, it would generate close to a quarter of a million views. The post's popularity told us that people are clamoring for easy and beautiful handmade Christmas card tutorials. It also told us that we needed to scrounge the internets for even MORE ideas. After doing just that, here's some for this holiday season. 

Those first 36 ideas came from a place called Scrapbooks ETC. Here's 24 more projects from the same folks. They kick things up a notch using, among other things, photographs for a more personal touch. I particularly like this Polaroid-inspired card:

Create a Polaroid-Inspired Card

Martha is always a good resource for holiday card ideas. This fabulous pop-up reindeer card is just one of those included in her roundup of 43 tutorials.

Katie shows us how she made this selection of super-easy Christmas cards using washi tape and gift wrapping scraps.

Christmas cards

I love the inside of this one  I spotted on DIY Chat Room. No instructions, I'm afraid, but the construction is so easy, we really don't need them. Applying the greetings to the center after it's folded is the way to go:

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Twirling Betty uses the negative space between two Christmas trees to display bunting. Clever!

HGTV has some very cool printables and instructions to make these two cards:

 

Hobbycraft show us via YouTube how to make this deceptively simple origami Christmas tree card. For a tinier Christmas tree, check out this tutorial at instructables.

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A master of pop-up, Robert Sabuda, has a couple of cards tutorials I hadn't seen before. This angel would be perfect way to send greetings of the season.

He also has instructions to make a Santa, a Snowflake and a Snowman too.

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Of course, if you want something really, really easy, then this printable is the way to go. Just stick some card stock into your color printer and print away. (Make sure you read the message concerning Google Chrome. I use Google Chrome and chose to download it. It printed just fine.)

And, finally, here are more links to card ideas you can find right here on The Curb.

 

Looking for more seasonal DIY projects and ideas?

 

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Roundup: 9 Folded Paper Christmas Tree Christmas Card Tutorials

by DIY Maven

Roundup: 9 Folded Paper Christmas Tree Christmas Card Tutorials

POST UPDATE: Another cool card has been added to the list! The cool thing about folded paper Christmas cards is the paper does all the work, meaning, once you're done cutting and folding, embellishment isn't all that necessary. Plus, oftentimes there's no need for coloring or lettering, both of which can go bad very quickly. (Although I don't have any funny examples to show you--nobody posts their greeting card fails, apparently--you can trust my assertion, because it's happened to me  countless times.) So, without further ado, let's start folding some paper Christmas Tree Christmas Cards, shall we?

I'm loving the unexpected combination of colors in this card. Cool that the tree starts out with nothing but paper squares.

We could easily use Connie's folded tree idea for a more minimal card. She provides instructions and a cut/fold template. (This time, the tree starts out as half a circle!)

Similar to the last one, with an elongated twist:

I am adoring this pixelated pop-up complete with confetti. Kate tells us how to make it (as well as two others; one of a non-pop reindeer). She also provides cutting and scoring guides and templates for all.

From pixels to fractals...check out this bit of mathematical magic. 

To be fair, the trees aren't folded in this next card, just the pop up mechanism to make them 3D. (Click here for the illustrative photos. You'll have to scroll a ways down.)

This card is deceptively simple. It's just a matter of cutting and folding double-sided paper. In this case, dark green and light green. Carol provides the easy directions and a template for the cut/fold lines. 

No written directions for this next one, but it seems pretty self-explanatory. 

Check out this gorgeous card. (Look out, Sabuda.) This one is, once again, from Carol at Extreme Cards and Papercrafting. Definitely worth a bookmark.

And now for our BONUS card #10, this sweet geometric card from Jessica Jones!

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How to: Handmade Christmas Tree Card (Free Printable)

by Faith Provencher

How to: Handmade Christmas Tree Card (Free Printable)

As the holidays continue to grow near, it's time to start thinking about holiday cards. So this year, I offer this festive watercolor card. It combines the best of both worlds: some hand painted and customized goodness, and the fact that it only takes minutes to make, so you don't have to cut your list short. Click through to find out what it looks like on the inside - and how to make one yourself.   

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Roundup: Curbly's 2012 Modern Holiday Card Guide

by Chris Gardner

Roundup: Curbly's 2012 Modern Holiday Card Guide

We love paper, we love independent designers, and we certainly love getting cool, handmade art in the mail. So for the Curbly crew, cards are not only a given, but one of our favorite parts of the holiday season.

To help find some of the coolest, most stylish holiday greeting cards of 2012, Curbly asked our friend and resident stationery expert Carina Murray of Crow and Canary to share her favorite picks this season. There's still plenty...

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How to Make a Fabric Card Tree

by DIY Maven

How to Make a Fabric Card Tree

 
When I first spotted this card tree on BHG last week, I knew I wanted to make one this year. So on my next craft/fabric store shopping loop, I looked for some appropriate ribbon. Yeah, I couldn't find any that I liked. Either they were too glittery or too cutesy. Then it occurred to me that I could just as easily make my own ribbon using fabric. A quick perusal of the 'Christmas Prints' left me with the same taste in my mouth as after...

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Roundup: 8 Paint Chip Holiday Card & Gift Tag Ideas

by DIY Maven

Roundup: 8 Paint Chip Holiday Card & Gift Tag Ideas

The very colorful nature of paint chips make them a perfect medium to make handmade Christmas cards.

The first example, pictured above, is a simple design using traditional Christmas colors along with a stamped message. Go here to see what else was used in its construction.

Although not technically very Christmas-y, in the appropriate colors these paint chip place cards will brighten any holiday table. See the tute at Itsy Bitsy Paper...

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MORE Easy Handmade Christmas Card Ideas

by DIY Maven

Stitched Christmas Cards

Our first post about easy, handmade Christmas Card Ideas (link) was a hit, so it seemed like a good time to infuse the Curbly coffers with even MORE easy handmade Christmas card ideas. 

I adore Fern's stitched Christmas cards (pictured above), and even though they might look a little tricky, they aren't. All you need is some blank cards (or cardstock), some pretty scrapbook papers and a sewing machine. Head on over to Craft Blog for all...

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Tutorials: Christmas Card Displays

by DIY Maven

Wire Tree Christmas Card Holder

Holiday cards piling up? Here are some cute and clever ways to display them, tutorials included! First up is a  bent wire Christmas tree idea from BHG.

       

Mique's Christmas card frame up is made of, among other things, a big frame, ribbon, rick-rack and clothespins.

And speaking of clothespins, I still love the tutorial I did several years back using clothespins and a wooden embroidery hoop. (Looks better than the picture...

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a $100 Gift Card to Pier 1 Imports!

by Chris Gardner
Curbly Giveaway: Win a $100 Gift Card to Pier 1 Imports!

Hello, hello! To kick off this season of sharing and good cheer properly, Curbly is super excited to give a $100 gift card to Pier 1 Imports to one of our awesome readers.

created at: 11/01/2010

We think this is a super timely giveaway, as we know we're all beginning to think about our holiday decor, entertaining ideas, and Thanksgiving tablescapes. We hope this extra $100 will help you and your closest get into the holiday spirit completely!

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