cabinet christmas card display

so, this year, i decided to get a little creative in my thinking – much like everyone else – thanks to pinterest! gotta love everyone generously sharing their ideas. it really sparks the imagination & motivates me most days…

a while ago i saw someone using command strips for easy wreath hanging on kitchen cabinet doors. i loved that idea! how simple too! i did buy some foam tubing with every intention of “whipping up a few wreaths.” um yeah, next year maybe… sometimes the mental ambitions don’t quite align with realistic timeframes…

christmas cards began to arrive immediately following thanksgiving. i usually tape them to the perimeter of this large mirror we have in our dining room, but that felt blah & i don’t like putting tape on the mirror anyway. it’s a cheap mirror that i found at a yard sale for $4 & repainted & it’s pretty temperamental. it doesn’t like to look clean… at certain angles, it’s like a funhouse mirror.

so anyway…i remembered the wreath idea & i had already purchased all of the ribbon, so there you go!

this is just one section. i have a total of six cabinets covered. it’s two days past christmas & the cards are still coming (i have a few yet to send myself! couldn’t track down addresses quickly enough…yikes!), but i’m out of command strips, so they’ll have to sit tight ’til the next project involving them comes along. (it’s coming btw…)

this was simple…

just place your hooks dead-center, hook facing in. that way, your ribbons won’t slip off.

to make sure the knot is snug, take hold of the end & wind it around & give it a good tug…

like so…

i chose to use this fabric ribbon, b/c it’s stretchy & i could pull it pretty firmly while doing this in order to get a taut fit. you don’t want droopy cards that flap in the wind, right?

ok – my husband made fun of this one…”why on earth did you take a picture of scotch tape?” i had a perfectly logical answer…b/c i chose this particular kind of tape for a very particular reason & you’ll see why in just a moment. so, you’ll need some packaging tape…

stick it behind the ribbon sticky side facing you first – it’s much simpler this way. trust me. don’t try to stick it to the card first.

now, i told you i had a good answer for him regarding the tape, so here it is…the packaging tape is first of all wide & reliable. it will stick to your card better than regular tape & secondly, b/c it’s so wide & b/c the ribbon is fabric, the tape will only adhere firmly to the card. this is great, b/c it will allow you to slide the card up & down the ribbon if you need to move things around a bit. just hold firmly to the card on either side of the ribbon & slowly slide it to your desired spot. easy peasy & pretty!

i love having the cards here on the cabinets. i probably spend at least half of my day in the kitchen & the faces of my friends & loved ones are so warm & inviting. it really added something special this christmas. i’ll definitely keep this practice up.

clean up will be a cinch too. i’ll just leave the command hooks in place & remove the ribbons. i’ll simply cut the tape & keep the cards handy for my next project…

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