I decided to make a greeting card display for our kitchen door that would be up from January 6th (Epiphany) through Thanksgiving. I realized after Christmas that we receive quite a few greeting cards for birthdays and other occasions. I was displaying them all on our kitchen breakfast bar and it was becoming a problem. I couldn’t figure out how to decide when the cards needed to be purged or stored and, of course, they caused a countertop cleaning problem.
At Christmas each year, folks are frantically searching the Internet for Christmas greeting card display ideas. This one comes up a lot on Pinterest and elsewhere:
I already had a Christmas card solution but I needed a solution for the rest of the year. Of course, you could make this with ribbons to match your Christmas decor too!
First, the often-pinned image is actually upside-down, so that was the first hurdle. I ordered trombone (or owl) office clips from Amazon and then went to the sewing store to choose ribbons to coordinate with our kitchen and family room.
We are very colorful people and our house is a “tropical cottage”. I chose a hot pink and green color scheme. I also bought buttons to coordinate with the ribbons.
I’ll share my version of the directions for a greeting card display. Measure the door and cut the ribbons to the desired length plus 1 inch. Lay the thin accent ribbon on top of the wider ribbon and cut “swallow tails” at the bottom. At the top, fold down a half inch on the back, then a second half inch and sew this hem.
Use a 7 inch piece of ribbon to make a simple bow for the top. Use a trombone clip to measure down from the top of the wide ribbon. The bow strip top should be at this height. Lay one end of the ribbon on the edge of the accent ribbon. Form the bow strip into a circle, overlapping over the accent strip. Place a button over the center of this bow and sew through the button holes through all layers to secure the bow and button to the wide and accent ribbon. Sew a trombone clip to the top back, as pictured. This will be the hanger for the ribbon.
Now it is time to do some math! It might be easiest to space the card hangers evenly along each ribbon. I got out all our greeting cards on display and saw that there are many different sizes. Typical heights are 8 inches, 7 inches, and 4.5 inches. If you are making 3 ribbons as I did, you could have one for each size of card. Since cards arrive at our house randomly, I alternated the spaces on each ribbon.
Cut the thin satin ribbon into 4 inch strips. Loop each strip of ribbon on a trombone clip as pictured. The “Js” of the clip should be downward, so that you can attach a card in the clip.
Sew the ribbon to the wide ribbon and accent by using a button, hiding the cut end of the thin satin ribbon. Space the ribbons and clips to hold the cards.
Hang command strip hooks at the top of the door and hook the ribbons on using the clip on the back. Enjoy your greeting card display!
This system has helped me with organization. I allow myself to keep the number of cards on this display. If a new one comes in, I have to purge an old card or decide if it qualifies as a “forever-save” and it goes to my designated keep box. And meanwhile, we are enjoying the good wishes of friends and family on a daily basis.
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Supplies for greeting card display
21 Trombone regal clips No. 3
3 Command small hooks, white (clear small or utensil hook would also work)
112 inches 1 1/2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon
56 inches 1 1/2-inch wide coordinating ribbon (or 2 inch)
112 inches 3/8-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon
77 inches 5/8-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon (accent for center ribbon and top bows)
72 inches 1/4-inch-wide satin ribbon
3 buttons, 3/4 inch or 1 inch diameter
18 assorted buttons, 3/8 inch or 5/8 inch