Tape-less Display of Holiday Cards

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is receiving greeting cards from long-time friends and extended family. I love checking the mailbox every day to find a handful of envelopes with photos, notes or cards inside. The best part of the entire process is deciding how to display this holiday cheer; throwing them in a minature sleigh just won’t do them justice. This year I created a mini clothesline and displayed the cards using clothespins. It was quick to assemble on an empty wall using fishing line and painters tape. I had to add the finishing touch of mini-presents for extra holiday spirit.

Are you looking to display your cards in a unique way? Here’s how:

Let’s Get Creative!
What you’ll need:

Painters tape
clear fishing line
scrap of wrapping paper
scissors
mini clothespins
holiday cards 🙂

1. Place a piece of painters tape flat across the end of the fishing line and place it at the far right edge of your wall.(Point A) The excess line should hang out the left. You will be creating a zig-zag pattern with the fishing line.

2. Pull the loose end of the fishing line slightly downward at a diagonal to the left. Leave a little slack in the line. Add another piece of tape flat against the line to secure.(Point B) Do not cut the fishing line!
 

3. To continue the zig-zag pattern, pull the fishing line back to the right. Before securing another point(C),you need to reinforce the fishing line that now covers Point B. Holding the downward right angle in place with your right hand, use your left hand to reinforce the fishing line over point B with another piece of painters tape.
 

4. Continue until you have enough zig-zags for all your holiday photos, reinforcing points along the way.

5. When I was done making the fishing line pattern, I was left with 12 ugly pieces of blue tape. Use a scrap of wrapping paper and cut 2-inch squares to cover the tape. Cut two, 2-inch bits of wrapping ribbon and make a t shape across each square of wrapping paper. Secure with one piece of clear scotch tape. Secure your tiny presents using a small piece of scotch tape.


6. Hang you holiday cards on the fishing line using clothespins. I bought both mini and small clothespins to use for cards with varying weights. When hanging cards keep in mind the amount of weight on each line and make sure they don’t overlap each other.

7. Bring your friends over to teach them how to make a unique display like yours! Or just send them our way, and we’ll take care of it… 🙂 

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Budget Friendly Christmas Ornaments

We had fun crafting 2 Christmas ornaments, each in 7 steps(while listening to Christmas music, of course!). Both are simple and budget-friendly ways to decorate for the holidays. Make mini-Christmas trees using grosgrain ribbon and pony beads. Or use double sided paper to create elegant heart ornaments. For even more ornament ideas check out our 7 DIY Holiday Ornaments post.

Ready to dive in? Let’s Get Creative!

Ribbon Christmas Tree

You’ll need:
22″ of grosgrain ribbon (The kind with wire inside works best)
needle & 22″ of thread
pony beads & 2 “end cap” beads with small hole
scissors

1. Prepare by threading needle & doubling thread; secure with knot at end. About three inches down from the knot, make a loop knot. This will serve as the hook for your ornament.
DIY Holiday Ornament

2. Lay the ribbon flat horizontally. Take the left end and fold over about half an inch.

3. Thread the needle through a pony bead and “end cap” bead on top of the ribbon. Add as many knots as needed to secure the bead.

4. Continue pulling thread through underside of ribbon and add another bead.

5. Take the long side of the ribbon from the right and move under working craft to the left. Make fold slightly larger than the one above it. Thread through to secure, adding beads between each layer of ribbon.

6. Keep working ribbon from left to right, adding beads along the way.

7. Secure tail of ribbon in the middle (as shown) or as through it is another layer (if length of ribbon allows). Thread pony bead and “end cap” bead on underside of ribbon. Secure with as many knots as needed.

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Paper Heart Ornaments

You’ll Need:
Two different patterns of paper
Scissors or Xacto knife
Tape
Matching Ribbon

4 paper strips each measuring 12″ x 1.5″
4 paper strips each measuring 8″ x 1.5″
OR
If you use double sided paper :
2 paper strips, measuring 12″ x 1.5″
2 paper strips, measuring 8″ x 1.5″

1. Cut patterned scrapbook paper to size. If using double sided paper, skip to step #3
Paper Christmas Ornaments

2. With the longer strip, glue opposite patterns back-to-back to create a double sided paper effect. Do the same with the two smaller strips.

3. Arrange the strips vertically in your hand with the short strips on the outside and long strips inside. The patterns should also alternate (flower, stripe, flower, stripe).

4. Align the bottom edges of the paper. Pinch with your left hand while. Using your right hand, pull down the top right outer strip into a half-heart shape. Repeat on left side.
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5. Continue the method from step 4 with the inner strips. All four strips should be in your hand.

6. Staple the gathered ends to secure the heart shape. Additional staples may be needed.

7. Loop a small piece of ribbon and knot. Tape inside the larger loop of the heart and hang.

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Have another great idea to spruce up (pun intended) your tree on a budget? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

7 DIY Holiday Ornaments

With Thanksgiving a week away, we’ve been itching to start crafting for the holidays. On Friday we’ll post 2 simple paper and ribbon ornaments with photo instructions. But to hold you over until then, here are 7 DIY Holiday ornaments from our friends on Pinterest. Happy Crafting!

Christmas Ornament, Popsicle Stick Christmas TreePopsicle Stick Ornament from Kaboose : Paint popsicle sticks brown and green. Glue in the shape of a tree, breaking sticks to create the shape. Decorate with gems and tinsel.

Christmas Wish List, Christmas OrnamentThread Spool Christmas List from Craft Snob : Paint a wooden spool and cover with paper. Add the child’s wish list for the year.

DIY Globe OrnamentPaper Strip Ornament from Better Homes and Gardens : Make photocopies of music and cut into strips. Curl and place inside a glass ball ornament.

DIY Ornament, Scrabble Tile CraftsScrabble Ornament from My Sweet Savannah : Use a saw to cut the tile holders to fit the length of the word. Use hot glue to hold the letters in place. Add a wire hanger to finish.

Polaroid Ornament, Christmas Photo OrnamentPolaroid Ornament from Katie Cupcake : Using a 9″ by 4.25″ rectangle of felt fold into a square and sew the two outside edges. Cut out a window for your photo. Insert photo and sew to close.

Baby's First Christmas, DIY ornamentBaby’s First Ornament from A Sorta Fairytale : Place baby’s hand in clear ink and press on ornament. Sprinkle the ink mark with glitter and use heat gun to seal.

Cookie Cutter Ornament, Holiday OrnamentCookie Cutter Photo Ornament from Martha Stuart : Place cookie cutter on top of photo or patterned paper and trace around outside. Cut out shape. Place glue on edges of cookie cutter and secure to paper. Add ribbon to finish.

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