Create a Christmas card display tree
Create a "tree" in your living room with long twigs you collect from your yard. Arrange the twigs in an old-fashioned pitcher or unique vase, then tie or clip the Christmas cards to the ends of the twigs. You can make your tree even more festive by spray painting your branches and twigs with white, gold or silver paint before adding the cards.
Decorate chair backs
Punch holes in each card and string a festive ribbon through the holes to create a chain of four or five cards. Repeat until you have one ribbon for each chair. Add the ribbons to your chair backs to add a holiday touch to your dining room. To make the most impact, use ribbon that is at least an inch wide.
Spell it out
Place strips of two-sided tape on a main wall in your living room to spell out holiday words such as "Peace," "Joy" or "Ho Ho Ho!" Then stick your favorite Christmas cards along the tape to create a bold holiday statement that costs almost nothing.
Make Christmas ornaments
Interior designer Erinn Valencich suggests upcycling cards to create glitzy new Christmas ornaments. You will need three Christmas cards to make each ornament.
Frame your best cards
At the end of the season, pick out your favorite cards and frame them to create a piece of holiday art for next year. Choose Christmas cards in the same color scheme and make a collage, or just pick one big, beautiful card and place it in a unique frame.
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