Many years ago my parents stumbled upon a dusty box in my grandparents’ attic that was filled with vintage Christmas postcards sent to my grandparents over the course of several years. It’s so sweet to think that Grandma, who developed early onset Alzheimers when I was a toddler, loved to collect all that correspondence. Discovering her stash gave me a little more insight into her thoughtful character and leads me to think that my inclination to save every birthday and Christmas card ever sent to me may be genetic.
My mom has always wanted to do something with those cards but never quite landed on the right idea. The cards continued to live in the dusty old box until I had a light bulb moment back in October when I spotted a product on Decor Steals and immediately suggested that we DIY something similar. Nearly two months later there is wonderfully sentimental vintage postcard garland hanging on my parents’ Christmas mantel.
This is such an easy project!
- Small chain from the hardware store cut to the length of your mantel with extra to allow for draping
- Small drapery clip rings (we used these from JoAnn, currently 40% off)
- Small cup hook, nail, or Command hook to mount it to your mantel (my parents mounted it to the wood beams on either side of the brick fireplace)
Simply attach either end of the chain to your mantel, hook the ring clips through the chain, and clip your postcards or anything else you’d like.
Since vintage Christmas postcards like these aren’t exactly common, you could also clip family photos, mini Christmas stockings (like these), card stock letters to spell out something seasonally appropriate, or even just card stock triangles to make a banner.
If you love the vintage postcard look, eBay sellers sell them in lots.
I’m so happy that my mom can finally enjoy these postcards, and when we spend Christmas day at their house you can be sure that I’ll read the messages on each of them and think fondly of my Grandma (and the yummy Christmas cookies she used to keep in red and gold tins in her pantry).
How to do you incorporate meaningful Christmas decor in your home?
If you missed our Christmas mantel and easy mantel crafts you can whip up in an evening after the kids are in bed, check it out here!