Here’s a look at a very cool little project I finally got around to earlier this week. This is just a length of twine tied to three finishing nails, with some clothespins to hang up the cards. Half of the wall is dedicated to “old(ish) but awesome” and half to “most recently received.” This is in my hallway, so I see it several times every day (although really, I could put it anywhere in my place and I’d see it every day, but let’s not get into the logistics of one-bedroom apartment living). That also means that it will be hard to get good pictures of it, since I can’t back up to take them, and the light situation will never be all that great. But, you get the gist. Click through to Flickr to see a version with notes bearing details on who the current cards & notes are from, and also to look at a much larger version.
Some friends who either have excellent taste in cards or write awesome messages are featured more than once. Please feel free to start a competition among yourselves to see who can get the most cards featured.
This was inspired by something that I swear I saw on Angry Chicken, didn’t bookmark, found once again at some point earlier this year, again didn’t bookmark, and now cannot find. But maybe it was some other awesome blogging crafty lady with kids. But I do recall that the project pretty much the same, except I think the clothespins were smaller, and little wooden stars were glued on to them. I skipped the stars, but am rethinking that since I wound up getting full-size clothespins. I wanted to get smaller ones, but the only small ones I could find were 1″, which I thought might not be strong enough to hold the cards. These are 3″, and they seem to me to be the same size as the ones we used at home. So, next time I am at a craft store or shopping online at a craft store, I will toss some of those and some yellow paint in the cart.
So, I am clearly not the first person to think of this idea (it’s something frequently featured as a ‘project to do with your kids’ in the ‘ways to display your holiday cards’ ideas that start cropping up in November & December). I guess it’s more that I’m glad to be living somewhere that I could finally do it, and now I have actually put it up. And it has the bonus of being very cheap, especially if you don’t embellish the pins. I paid about $2 for 24 clothespins, and I got the twine after I moved when I needed to tie up my moving boxes so they’d all fit under my bed. That was maybe $5, and is a dual-use item. And even after factoring in the addition of little stars & paint, I will probably only spend about $5 or $6 more on this.