Simple But Effective
Re-purpose a basket. A small basket in your entry way or on your coffee table can hold and display your cards. If your mail tends to gather on your kitchen counter, place the basket there. Designate the basket for opened and unopened cards.
Antique toy truck. This clever blogger used a vintage toy truck in holiday colors. If you have children in the house, perhaps they have a toy dump truck just waiting to be put to work for the season.
String a ribbon on your wall. Using Command Strips (they remove effortlessly without damage to your wall) and a piece of craft ribbon, cord or leftover gift ribbon, string several swags on a wall. I suggest three to five feet in length so that they aren’t too heavy. This is a simple but beautiful way to display your cards. Traditional fold-over cards simply hang from the ribbon. Photos or postcard-styled cards can be attached to the ribbon with tiny clothespins.
If you want a little more style to your display, here is a tutorial using beautiful ribbon, scrap-booking paper, clothespins and buttons.
Card trees. These are available in a variety of styles, sizes and price points. They can be interesting conversation starters, turning your cards into an artful display. The downside: they require year-long storage. For many, holiday storage space is at a premium and these card trees take up a lot of space. Here are a few from Pottery Barn, Amazon, and Improvements.
Going all out
Spectacular creations. If you have the time and the creative energy, you can craft your own unique holiday display. Apartment Therapy features a do-it-yourself card tree, fashioned from branches and staged in a heavy vase. After punching a hole in the top of each card they are hung with ribbon from each branch.
This “chandelier” card holder was inspired by Pottery Barn, but made from embroidery hoops. The tutorial will guide you through the process.
Salvaged house shutters are given a new life with a coat of red paint. Painted a more neutral cream or white, they could be left up for card display throughout the year.