I have a confession.
I’ve never actually displayed the Christmas cards we receive during the holidays.
Wait!! Please don’t go! Stick around, and let me show you how I rectified that little truth bomb this year.
My husband is much more sentimental than I am, and I’m pretty sure he often thinks that I’m a bit of a curmudgeon. Now, I’m not a total Scrooge. I do enjoy receiving Christmas cards in the mail, and I do, in fact, open and read every single one. I’ve just never put them out on display before.
This year, though, I decided it was time to find a way to put them out for everyone to enjoy. I didn’t have time to make something from scratch, though, and I didn’t want to just tape them up on the wall.
So, I put my thinking cap on. And then it came to me. I would use the large chalkboard in my kitchen that I just built to display all of our Christmas mail. Genius!
My original idea was to somehow drape twine back and forth across the chalkboard, and then use small clothespins to hang the cards on the twine.
I didn’t want anything permanent, though, and I didn’t want to put any nail holes into the frame of the chalkboard.
After a bit of trial and error, I came up with a super simple, and totally temporary, way to turn my chalkboard into a Christmas card display. This could easily be done with any large wall hanging you have in your house.
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In order to zigzag the twine across the chalkboard, like I had originally envisioned, I would have needed to tack the twine to the frame somehow. I didn’t want to put any nail holes in the frame, though, for a temporary display. So, I wondered if I could maybe just wrap the twine around the entire piece a few times.
And guess what? It worked!
Here’s what I did:
Step 1 –
I tied a small loop in the end of the twine.
I then hooked this onto an upper corner of the chalkboard frame and began wrapping.
I tried to leave enough room in between the rows of twine for cards to hang. In the end, I had three rows of twine running across my chalkboard.
Step 2 –
I then needed to figure out a way to secure the end of the twine. In order to do this, I simply tied a knot in the end of the twine, so that it would catch against the back side of the chalkboard and not pull through.
Step 3 –
I added a burlap ribbon to the same corner that the twine was hooked to. This covered up the little loop and knot in the twine. And then I added my clothespins.
All that’s left is to hang up some Christmas cards!
My chalkboard has gotten pretty full since these photos were taken, and I am loving my simple, easy Christmas card display.
My daughter loves looking for new cards on it every day after I’ve gone through the mail. 🙂 So fun!
Merry Christmas everyone!