Every year I try to find a way to display the cards friends and family send us during the holidays. Until this year, I haven’t found something that worked. Inspired by this pin on Pinterest, I made a very simple card organizer.
All you need is a frame (we got this one at Wal-Mart for super cheap), a glue gun, scissors and ribbon.
Step One: Figure out how many lines across you want to hold the cards. I settled on four, but you might want more or less depending on the size of your frame. I then cut the ribbon to be the right length with a little extra so I could glue it around the back.
Step Two: cut the ribbon and glue.
Unfortunately, J pointed out that what I originally designed wouldn’t work for cards that didn’t fold in half. So I added Step Two and a half: insert a foam board back. I just cut it to be the size the original cardboard back would have been (the frame from Wal-Mart was sans back). Now we can use push pins to hang up cards. Next year, we can pop out the foam board and cover it with wrapping paper to keep reusing it.
Step Three: hang! We chose a closet door near our foyer. To hang, we just used two command strips.
Have you found a good way to display the holiday cards from friends and family?
If I applied this question to all of the things I am doing online, I could easily defend against technology attackers.
Why do I using Twitter? Because it connects me to mentors and peers across the country and world. At work it gives a face and an immediate, instant contact to reach our members.
Why do I use Foursquare? Because it is fun. Until this weekend I never got anything out of it. But when I became mayor of a location in a city I rarely visit, I got a complementary item. If I hadn’t checked in and become mayor, I would have never met several of the amazing wait staff.
Why do I use e-mail? To communicate with co-workers, friends and family. It’s often easier to send an email with details because an email can be referred back to when necessary. It’s a way to compile information and allow the recipient to read it at their own time. Do e-mails go unread? Yes, but more often than not, it does get opened and read.
Why do I blog? It gives me an outlet for ideas, complaints and conversations I would never have a chance to have in person. Do I think I’m an expert? No. But I do think what I have to say is valuable to my readers.
So before you jump on the newest technology wave, just to be first, as yourself what will you get out of it? Why do you want to use it? What is the value?
If the answer is just for fun, great! If the answer is to try something new, great! If it works for you, don’t let other people trample your parade.