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5 pretty (and easy!) ways to display holiday cards

Whether they feature family photos or gorgeous winter scenes, the holiday cards you receive deserve to be showcased. Create a display that highlights the greetings from friends and relatives arriving in your mailbox this season — and makes you smile every time you pass by.

1. Design a washi tape tree.

Thyme is Honey

A blank wall is the perfect canvas for some temporary holiday decor that also functions as a giant card display. Dani of the blog "Thyme Is Honey" created a fir-shaped tree with strips of washi tape, alternating tinsel and string on each “layer.” Curtain clips attached to the string make it easy to attach holiday cards as they arrive.

2. Adorn your banister.

Clover Lane

A banister adorned with holiday greenery makes an even more festive statement when it showcases the thoughtful cards you’ve received from friends and family. Use the gorgeous staircase display that Sarah of "Clover Lane" created as your inspiration: Simply punch holes through holiday cards and tie to the garland with pretty ribbons.

3. Decorate a door.

I Heart Organizing

Make a pantry or closet door do double duty by decking it with a simple ribbon onto which you can attach your holiday mail. Jennifer at "I Heart Organizing" tied a sparkly ribbon to the door, layered it with a solid blue ribbon for texture, and topped it with a big felt snowflake. Just attach cards with clips, clothespins, or mounting putty as the mailman delivers them!

4. Repurpose a ladder.

Tatertots and Jello

Ring in the holiday cheer on the rungs of a ladder like Jennifer at "Tatertots and Jello." String some baker’s twine around the structure and clip the cards on it with mini red clothespins—you can even add ornaments, stockings and candy canes to the ladder’s rungs. Bonus: Post-holidays, repurpose the ladder as a magazine or quilt rack.

5. Transform a piece of plywood.

Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body

Feeling crafty? This simple DIY card holder looks so cool that all your holiday guests will be asking where you bought it. Tasha at "Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body" simply stained a piece of plywood and then applied gold vinyl letters to spell “Spread Joy.” Glue on some clothespins covered in gold washi tape to the board’s edges, and your display is ready to receive all the season’s greetings.

Ellen Sturm Niz is a freelance editor and writer in New York City. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.