Christmas Card Holder You Can Make Tonight

Display your pretty holiday cards with this easy to make decorative Christmas card holder that uses colorful ribbon and a thrift store frame.

DIY Christmas card holder to display holiday cards on a wall.

This Christmas card holder is very easy to make. No sewing is needed and making it is a great way to use up small amounts of ribbon leftover from previous projects.

Christmas card holder to make. DIY Christmas card display idea.

I even used a piece of leftover plaid fabric, so even if you don’t have ribbon, fabric can be used to make the holder, too.

Display Christmas cards in style by making a Christmas card holder using ribbon and a frame.

The frame is a thrift store find that I added glitter to using spray glue. I used it in a different way at Christmas in my previous house. It used to hang in my dining room.

Pretty Ribbon memo board to make to organize a home office

In my craft room I made what I called a ribbon memo board with no frame to tuck in notes, invitations, receipts, etc. It is made the same way I made the Christmas card holder. No tacks necessary so your memos or cards stay hole free.

Ribbon Christmas card holder organizer to make

Adding a frame to the ribbon holder makes it look more decorative. I hung the Christmas card holder on the end of the cabinet wall in my kitchen where it can be easily seen and adds to the Christmas decor.

How to make a Christmas card holder using ribbon. Display holidays cards in decorative style.

I tacked on a few DIY pom-poms for fun.

Holiday card holder to make to display Christmas cards

Once the card holder is assembled, each ribbon becomes a pocket for tucking in Christmas cards you receive over the holiday season.

How to use ribbon to display Christmas cards or holiday cards.

You can use all the same ribbon or mix them up like I did.  The bottom piece is plaid flannel fabric.

How To Make a Ribbon Pocket Christmas Card Holder

I wrote this tutorial for the memo board I made. The Christmas card holder is made the same way.

Creative ways to use ribbon scraps. Make this DIY Christmas card holder to display holiday cards

supplies needed:

  • Picture frame
  • Foam Board – I got mine at the dollar store.
  • Ribbons – each piece should be long enough to cover the width and to wrap a few inches to the back of the board. Use a variety of ribbon widths for added interest to the board.  You can also use fabric that you fold over and press to resemble a ribbon.
  • Duct or Packaging Tape
  • Straight
  • Mat Knife
  • Scissors
  • To hang: Picture hanger or 4 – Sticky Back Velcro Dots or Command Brand Picture Hanging Strips
  1. Using a mat knife and straight edge, cut a piece of foam board or piece of cardboard to fit into a frame.
Uses for leftover ribbon

2.  Determine how you want the ribbons stacked up on your board and then set them aside in order.  I wanted to use a scrap of fabric I had to add more color and pattern to my board. I pressed the raw edges over with an iron to create sharp creases so it looks like a wide ribbon.

3. Starting at the top of the board – lay the top ribbon across and wrap the ends around the back of the board.  Make sure it is taut. Secure ends on back with tape.

Framed ribbon Christmas card holder to hang on a wall

4. Turn board back to front and attach duct tape along the entire length of the bottom edge of the ribbon.  Wrap the ends of duct tape around the back and tape down.  This will turn each ribbon into a pocket. Add the next ribbon under the first, slightly overlapping it.

Ribbon and frame DIY Christmas card holder

5. Secure ends onto the back with tape and add the duct tape along the bottom edge of the ribbon.  The next ribbon will hide the duct tape. Repeat this process for the rest of the ribbons until you have the board covered.

6.  To attach the bottom fabric or ribbon, bring about 2 inches of the bottom edge to the back of the board and tape down as if you were gift-wrapping a box.

Christmas card display ideas. How to make a Christmas card holder

The back of the board will look like this when all the ribbons and duct tape are attached.

How to display Christmas cards

To hang: Add picture hanging hook or if hanging inside a door, use Velcro dots or Command Brand picture hanging strips.

Ideas to display Christmas cards

If using a frame, here is what the back of the Christmas card holder looks like.  I placed the ribbon covered foam board in the frame and attached it with clear duct tape.


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  1. Diane, I LOVE the paper strip ornaments and the card holder. Easy enough to do and not expensive! Keep your good ideas coming!

  2. Erica Green says:

    I love, love, love, this!! What a great DIY and so festive :) I may make mine with some plaid red ribbon for the holders :-D

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Erica – It will look great with plaid ribbon. Happy Holidays!

  3. I saw this post and was inspired to make my own ribbon board because it looked to festive and simple. Sadly, it looked SO simple, I didn’t actually read all the steps and missed the one where you tape the bottom of each ribbon. Oops! My cards all slipped down through! Folded cards are fine – I just slide the folded half in and hang the top out. Flat cards were a challenge… luckily, I had a pack of teeny Christmas clothespins handy, so I was able to clip the flat cards on. It looks adorable, is functional, cuts the card clutter on the mantel, AND adds a pop of Christmas to a formerly blank surface. Thank you for the inspiration and Merry Christmas!

  4. I love that this project is so simple. Super cute and fun. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I love this idea. I used to use this idea for reading sentences or flash cards in my classroom. I used a solid background and clear vinyl strips so my students could see what I wrote.

  5. mary heicher says:

    Oh my gosh…love this, I need one. All my cards are taped to a door frame at the moment.
    Thanks Diane!

  6. Wow, very doable project and it looks great. Thank you!

  7. So cute. I have a roll of plaid ribbon. Think I’ll use that. Great way to display cards. Very clever idea. Thank you!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Making the holder with plaid ribbon will look very festive and right in style this season.

  8. I love this idea. I have been looking, looking, looking for some type of holder for mail, coupons, etc. Something I like and doesn’t cost a fortune…hard to find. -:) This is perfect for my small apt kitchen and can be hung on my pantry door. Thanks!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Susan – I have been using the ribbon memo board in my studioffice for about 6 years. It is one of the best ways to organize small papers. I know you will love it

  9. Love this! But I love anything plaid for the holidays.