How to make a DIY Christmas Card Display

Are you tired of figuring out how to display your Christmas cards year after year? They seem to fall down when you tape them up, and the store bought displays can be quite pricey and don’t provide much room. This year, why don’t you make your own instead? In about an hour, and with some common materials, you can make your own Christmas card display that looks like something sold at a specialty boutique. Take a peek at how easy it is!

Supplies needed:

I was able to find a large frame at a local thrift store for just a few dollars. Any large wooden frame will do, and since you don’t need the glass, the condition of the glass and frame backing do not matter. Clothesline or twine like the kind I used in the sample picture above can be found at your local dollar store, as can regular sized clothespins. If you want the mini pins, check your local craft store when you go shopping for your spray paint.


  1. Begin by cleaning your frame well. Apply a coat of spray paint so the frame is covered. Allow it to dry before adding a second coat, if needed. I chose a fun minty color, but you pick a color that suits you!
  2. When the frame is dry, flip it over so the back is exposed. Cut lengths of clothesline that are about 4 inches longer than the width of the frame.
  3. Use your staple gun to secure the clothesline into horizontal strips across the frame. Pull the clothesline tightly before stapling so it is not sagging. Repeat until you have 3 to 4 (more if your frame is larger and allows it) rows for hanging.

That’s all there is to it! Now take your clothespins and start securing those Christmas cards as they arrive in the mail. When the season is over, you can still use this frame to hang photos, birthday cards, recipe cards, or any paper items of your choosing. It is a great way to showcase your cards and photos in a way that really makes them look like a piece of art.

So gather your supplies and give this simple DIY Christmas Card Display a try. It’s a project you’re sure to enjoy, since it’s festive, frugal, AND functional!

Gather your supplies and give this DIY Christmas Card Display a try. It's a project you are sure to love, as it's festive, frugal AND functional!