Christmas cards are staring to roll in, so what to do with them? This is my conundrum every year it seems. I don't want to spend money on some card-displaying apparatus that I'm then going to have to find a place to store the other eleven months of the year.
I've tried putting tape donuts on the backs of the cards and sticking them to wide ribbons hung vertically. That looked nice, but the tape lost it's gumption and they soon started falling off. I've tried displaying them along the bottom of my hutch like I do our birthday cards, but since so many people send photo cards that don't actually open, this didn't work well either. Then, one year I just stuck them all in a basket, but then I couldn't see all the beautiful smiling faces, so I was unhappy with this solution as well.
This year, I'm trying something new and I really like it. Using twine we already had, I strung three pieces of twine across the front of our hutch and am clothes-pinning the cards to the twine. Now, if you don't already have a hutch this solution will prove very expensive for you, so I wouldn't recommend it. But! If you already have a hutch (or similar type piece of furniture) give it a try.
A couple things to keep in mind...once you string these up, it will be very difficult to open your hutch doors. I pulled out the items I knew I'd use between now and late January and put them below the hutch or up on top. You also don't want to use tape on the face of your hutch in case it leaves residue or effects your finish or paint. The way I worked around this was to thread the twine around the hinges, tying them off for the top and bottom rows. For the center row, I threaded the twine between the door and front frame and taped the end to the inside of the door.
You can hang as many rows as you think cards will come your way. Since our hutch sits the end of our dining room table (where we eat all our meals), the lovely cards will be in plain view for us to enjoy.
Need an idea of what to do with them once you're ready to take them down? I'll tell you come January:-).