6 DIY Christmas card holder and display ideas

Christmas card season is here: Our mailboxes are about to fill up with festive envelopes with pretty stamps and familiar handwriting. So we challenged Hallmark stylists to come up with fun ways to display all those cards—especially the ones featuring adorable photos of our friends and families. Read on for six DIY Christmas card holder ideas you’ll love.

Winter branch Christmas card holder

WINTER BRANCH CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDER

Supplies for Winter branch Christmas card holder
SUPPLIES FOR WINTER BRANCH IDEA

  • Branch
  • Metallic, white, or other holiday-inspired spray paint (optional)
  • Jute twine (available at craft stores)
  • Bakers twine
  • Clothespins (we love these, of course)
  • Scissors

HOW TO MAKE A WINTER BRANCH CHRISTMAS CARD DISPLAY

  1. Choose a branch. You’ll want a fairly sturdy one with enough sprigs to hang plenty of cards. Dry is good—but not so dry the twigs snap off when you add a little weight.
  2. Spray paint the branch and let it dry completely. You can do full coverage or spray lightly to add a little bit of shimmer.

Tying bakers twine around a twig to create a Winter branch Christmas card holder

3. Wrap bakers twine a few times around one end of the branch, and secure with a knot.

Tying bakers twine around a twig to create a Winter branch Christmas card holder

4. Repeat this step on the opposite end of the branch—be sure to leave enough slack in the twine to hang it. You can also experiment with where you tie the twine to balance the branch.

Tying jute twine around a twig to create a Winter branch Christmas card holder

5. Cut five (or so) pieces of jute twine into various lengths, for a staggered look. Tie them to the branch about equal distances apart.

Pro tip: Tie one in the middle first, then one on each side. Center the final two pieces between the ends and the middle.

Using a clothespin to attach holiday greetings to a Winter branch Christmas card holder

6: Use clothespins to attach your cards to the jute twine. Depending on the size of your branch and length of the jute, you should be able to hang multiple cards from each piece of twine.

Winter Branch Christmas card holder

Candlestick Christmas card holders

CANDLESTICK CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDER

Supplies for Candlestick Christmas card holders

SUPPLIES FOR CANDLESTICK IDEA

  • Candlesticks for taper candles (family pieces, thrifted, or store bought—you’ll still be able to use them)
  • Used wine corks
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Cutting surface
  • Sturdy paper clips

Fitting a cork for Candlestick Christmas card holders

HOW TO MAKE A CANDLESTICK CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDER

  1. Place a cork in the candlestick, and mark the top of the candlestick with a pencil.

Fitting a cork for Candlestick Christmas card holders

2. Put the cork on a cutting surface and carefully cut at the mark using a utility knife.

Cutting a cork for Candlestick Christmas card holders

Adding a paper clip to a cork for Candlestick Christmas card holders

3. Make small cut in the center of the un-cut end. It should be just large and deep enough to insert a paper clip.
4. Stick a paper clip double-loop side up in the slit on the cork—the fit will be snug.

Candlestick Christmas card holders

5. Pop the corks into the candlesticks and put your favorite cards in the paper clips.

Gold Hoop Christmas Card Display

GOLD HOOP CHRISTMAS CARD DISPLAY

Supplies for Gold Hoop Christmas Card Display

GOLD HOOP IDEA SUPPLIES

  • Hula Hoop
  • Primer (like Rust-Oleum)
  • Spray paint (we used Krylon Foil Metallic Gold)
  • Faux greenery, air plants, succulents, or whatever else you love
  • Ribbon or fabric strips
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Brass wire (optional)
  • Wooden clothespins

HOW TO MAKE A GOLD HOOP CHRISTMAS CARD DISPLAY

1. Prime and spray paint the hula hoop, following manufacturers’ instructions.

2. Mark the center top and bottom of the hula hoop, and cut a ribbon to fit with enough extra to wrap around the back side, for gluing. Cut two more pieces of ribbon to fit on either side.

Fitting ribbon to a Gold Hoop Christmas Card Display

3. Glue one end of each ribbon to one side of the hoop. Pull tight, and glue the other end to the other side.

Attaching greenery to Gold Hoop Christmas Card Display

Attaching greenery to a Gold Hoop Christmas Card Display

4. Use the brass wire and the glue gun to attach greenery to the top of the hoop. Start with the “base” greenery, then attach focal pieces to finish.

Attaching Christmas cards to Gold Hoop Christmas Card Display

5. Hang cards on the ribbon using clothespins.

Gilded Deer Christmas Card Holders

GILDED DEER CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDERS

Supplies for Gilded Deer Christmas Card Holders

SUPPLIES FOR GILDED DEER IDEA

  • Toy deer family
  • Alligator clips with barrel
  • 1/8” wooden dowel
  • 1/8” drill bit
  • Drill
  • Flush cutters
  • Spray primer (like Rust-Oleum)
  • Spray paint (we used Krylon Foil Metallic Copper)
  • Birch slices
  • Super Glue

Preparing a deer for Gilded Deer Christmas Card Holders

HOW TO MAKE GILDED DEER CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDERS

  1. Drill a hole at the center of the back of each deer. (Be sure to keep the bit straight.) If this feels weird, remind yourself it’s a plastic deer.
  2. Insert the dowel, and use the flush cutters to cut it to your desired height.

Supplies for Gilded Deer Christmas Card Holders

Adding a dowel to Gilded Deer Christmas Card Holders

3. Attach alligator clip to the dowel and insert it into the hole on the back of the deer. If this still feels strange, apologize quietly to the deer as you complete step three.

4. Prime and spray the deer/dowel/alligator clip combo. As you can see above, you can spray paint each piece before assembly. But after trying it, we say wait until you’ve but them together. 

Pro-tip: Do not skip the primer. You will be tempted to. Don’t.

Painted supplies for Gilded Deer Christmas Card Holders

5. Glue each deer’s hooves to a birch slice. Remind yourself that the deer cannot feel this.

6. Insert your cards into the alligator clips.

Chalkboard Holiday Card Display

CHALKBOARD HOLIDAY CARD DISPLAY

SUPPLIES FOR CHALKBOARD IDEA

  • Chalkboard (size depends on what you have available and how many cards you want to display)
  • White chalk
  • Ruler
  • Kraft paper star
  • Removable adhesive strips
  • Washi tape
  • Tiny garland

Drawing a tree on the Chalkboard Holiday Card Display

  1. Use the chalk and a ruler to draw triangles to make a Christmas tree (or freehand your own).
  2. Attach the start star with the removable adhesive strip.

Adding a garland to the Chalkboard Holiday Card Display

3. Attach your garland (whatever kind you like!) to the chalk tree with washi tape.

4. Tape cards onto your “tree” to display them.

Wooden Ladder Christmas Card Display

WOODEN LADDER CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDER

SUPPLIES FOR WOODEN LADDER IDEA

  • Wooden ladder
  • Greenery 
  • Garland (just about any style will work)
  • Wire to attach garland and greenery
  • Binder clips (we used gold metallic)

Adding a card to the Wooden Ladder Christmas Card Display

HOW TO MAKE A WOODEN LADDER CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDER

1.  Wind your garland around the handrails and through the runs. Use wire to attach it, if needed.

2. Add greenery or other accessories.

A card attached to the Wooden Ladder Christmas Card Display

3. Use binder clips to attach cards.

Photography and styling by Hallmark’s Union Hill Photo Studio.

Still have Christmas card shopping to do? Make sure your friends and family get cards to display by joining our Christmas Card Challenge! Shop our Gold Crown card selection, or find Hallmark photo cards available at Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens. (Look for the Hallmark logo at CVS and Walgreens.)

We are also pleased to offer 15% off select Hallmark Christmas greeting and boxed cards on Amazon! Use code 151TMS Dec 1-13th, 2017 to save.

How do you display your holiday cards? We’d love to see your ideas! Please share them with us on Facebook or Instagram

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  1. 12.13.17 | Reply
    Marcelyn wrote:

    Where can I purchase the seers at?