At long, loooong last, I finally have a solution for the age old what-in-the-world-to-do-with-Christmas-cards issue. I have been brainstorming ideas for what seems like years and could never figure out a cute way to display them in our home.
This one cost under $10 ($4 of which is reusable) and adds SO much holiday cheer to our kitchen. I simply covered the existing picture in the kitchen with repositionable chalkboard paper, added a plaid bunting from Target (with glue dots), layered on the word “joy!” from a set of glittered letters I’ve had for ages (it was the only word I could create with the letters left and I even had to jig up the “y” with a “v” and the bottom part of a “j”), created a little border out of chalk and started taping on the pics as they arrive!
I didn’t get to share this in my original kitchen home tour because not only did I not have enough time to do it but I also didn’t have any cards to hang on it yet. You can see the before here:
… and the after here! I love how it doesn’t add up to one more thing that needs to be stored for 11 months of the year.
And if all goes as planned, I’ll save the bunting to use again next year and simply peel off and toss the chalk board paper. I had thought about using kraft paper or wrapping paper, but envisioned lots of problems with it coming down once I started taping all of the heavy cards on. This solution gives them something nice to hang on to that isn’t also barely hanging on to the picture.
I know it sounds odd, but I have HATED stacking my cards in a pile every year for years on end. And I just never had a good place for a garland to tie them to like many do. So, this feels like a big holiday win for me :-)