DIY Holiday Card Display by Ashley Ann of Under the Sycamore

Updated: December 9, 2015 Mpix Support Cards, DIY, Fun Stuff, Guest Post, Holidays


Wildly passionate about her family, Ashley Ann Campbell captures the beautiful details of her life through a collection of powerful photos and words called Under the Sycamore. Follow Ashley’s latest adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

As December days roll on, mailboxes that are often full of less than exciting mail suddenly become checked daily. In the midst of holiday ads and bills, envelopes with handwritten addresses make gathering the mail end with a smile. My kids rush out each day in December to see if any new Christmas cards arrived. We laugh at the silly ones and grin at the faces we don’t get to see regularly. Unlike the ads and bills that arrive, we want to display the cards all month and into the new year.

If you are like me, figuring out how to display the growing number of cards can be a challenge. This is a simple DIY project for displaying those cards filling your mailbox. When you are ready to take the cards down, you can easily switch them out for your favorite prints.


Hinged gutter guard (I found mine at a hardware store for about $4.50)

Spray paint

Paper clips

Scrap ribbon


Step 1:

Remove the hinges from the gutter guard. I was able to bend mine until they popped off. You could also use pliers.

Step 2:

Spray paint the gutter guard.


Step 3:

Tie small pieces of the ribbon to the paper clips.


Step 4:

Attach the paper clips to the gutter guard. Start from the front of the guard, poke one end of the paper clip through the guard and then back out the front side.



Step 5:

Attach your cards!


The display is lightweight and can be propped up if you do not want to attach it to a wall. If you want to attach it to a wall, you could simply add extra ribbon to the top to hang from a hook. You could also create several to place in different areas of your home or next to each other for an added punch.


For photography tips from Ashley, check out How to Shoot a Family Holiday Card5 Tips for Capturing WHO Your Kids AreImproving Phone Photography and Phone Photography Tips for Kids

5 Responses to “DIY Holiday Card Display by Ashley Ann of Under the Sycamore”

  1. December 9, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    Love this fun, easy idea! Thanks for sharing Ashley! I have been following your blog for 7 years now and love that you partner with Mpix too!

  2. December 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    I’d love to hear more about the mug rack, too! 🙂

  3. December 10, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    I do something really similar but with a wire wreath frame. It’s so easy and looks great on the wall.


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