Decorating with Christmas cards from past years or loved ones that are no longer be around adds a sentimental touch to holiday decorations. It’s so meaningful to hang cards from an old neighbor or grandparent and reflect on memories shared with them. This Christmas card garland was simple to make, but it holds so many special memories.
Ever since I was a kid I’ve collected small, sentimental things. I have bins and boxes of movie stubs, maps, postcards and holiday cards. I’m not sure when this started, but for years I never threw away a birthday or Christmas card. Several years ago, I realized that I didn’t have enough room to continue to save every single card I’d ever received. I started the long process of downsizing. I separated the cards into categories like birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.
As I was packing the remaining cards I was struck with the idea of using a few of the cards to decorate for Christmas. I wanted to create something that I would pull out of storage year after year and smile at the memories with people I loved. I opted to create a garland out of these cards to use with my Christmas decorations. A banner is simple, doesn’t cost anything or take up much space. It’s the perfect project if you’re interested in starting to decorating with Christmas cards.
Creating a Christmas Card Garland
This Christmas card garland is incredibly easy and straightforward to make. First, select the cards for the banner. I chose cards based on who they were from and their physical appearance. Since my main motivation for decorating with Christmas cards is the sentimentality I kept the cards intact. This way I can read them each year before I hang them up. If your card garland is for looks and not sentimentality, simply use the fronts of the cards.
Next, punch holes into the top two corners. Punching holes in both corners keeps the cards from constantly coming open. Plus, it gives me a little bit more control over how they hang on the banner.
Then I selected some ribbon to thread through the holes I punched. Since some of these cards were heavy I had to knot the ribbon around each hole to keep them in place. I spaced my cards out so there was about 3 inches between each one.
The Christmas card garland can be hung anywhere, like a stair banister, mantle, over a doorway. I attached mine to a strand of greenery and hanging it on the wall. It serves as a frame around all of the current Christmas cards we have on display.
Decorating with Christmas cards is a fun way to be sentimental with your holiday decor. It’s also a way of recycling Christmas cards of the past rather than just throwing them away or storing them in a box that never gets opened.
What do you do with old Christmas cards? Do you save them forever or just throw them out?
You can find some of my other Christmas crafts here!