Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Use festive holiday cards in your Christmas decorating for creative and merry displays.
Use classic Christmas decorations for a nostalgic Christmas card display. Place evergreen branches with pinecones still intact in a metal urn. If the branches don't have pinecones, use floral wire to attach them. Place the cards within the branches. Set the urn on a metal serving dish embellished with a large pinecone and holly.
Try this fresh way to show off holiday cards. Wrap a straw wreath form with upholstery webbing (available at fabrics stores), securing it in place with small sewing pins. Tie a bow at the top and loop a length of it through the back to hang. Attach cards with binder clips.
Hang pretty cards with ribbon for a festive display. To create a ribbon card hanger, simply stitch ribbon in flaps and attach a kicky bow at one end with a few stitches. Add a picture hanger to the back of the bow and hang on the wall. Tuck a card under each flap and adhere with double-stick tape.
Recycle holiday cards with this clever garland idea. Trace a cookie-cutter shape around the most visually interesting part of the card. Cut out the shape, punch a hole, and tie it to pine garland with narrow red ribbon or yarn.
Display your holiday cards on an easy-to-assemble tabletop tree. Fill a pitcher with twigs. Festoon twigs with ribbon and use binder clips to attach the cards.
Big bells can be used for more than their good looks and sweet sound. Tip them over to create the perfect perch for your holiday cards.
Add rustic charm to your holiday decor with this clever card-display idea. Use twine to tie a bundle of berried twigs (use florist's picks if you don't have real ones), nail it to the wall, and place cards randomly in the branches.
Cards easily slip behind ribbons on this snowflake memo board. To make this wall decoration, staple batting and fabric over a corkboard. Use thumbtacks to adhere ribbon in the shape of a snowflake to the board. Hot-glue decorative buttons to cover the thumbtack for a wintery card display.
This twisty tree is part art, part card catchall. To make, shape wire into a funky tree form with small triangles to hold the cards and a star tree topper. Spray-paint the tree white. Stand the tree against a bare wall and hold in place with small nails. As the holiday tidings arrive, slip them onto the tree as bright ornaments.
Drape long pieces of ribbon over a mirror on a mantel, using tape to secure the ribbon to the back of the mirror. Tape or pin Christmas cards to the ribbon for an easy and decorative way to share Christmas greetings. For a more elegant look, use cards with the same theme, such as the poinsettia cards shown, or pick bright and bold cards for festive cheer.
Turn plain Christmas cards into festive ornaments. Choose cards with a simple design. Cut off the front of the card. Cover the back of the card in foil, folding the foil over the sides so they form a border in front. Stamp a seasonal greeting if the card doesn't already have one. Punch a hole in the card and hang with a ribbon. String beads or jewels onto the ribbon for an extra touch.
Turn your favorite holiday cards into a whimsical wreath. Cut the cards into different-size circles (simplify the job with scrapbooking punches). Arrange the circles into a wreath shape, overlapping and securing the pieces with crafts glue. With a sewing machine, stitch over the top. Attach a ribbon to the top with a colored paper clip and hang.
Take holiday cards off the mantel and display them in style. Tape a variety of ribbons to the front of an armoire or door. Create a random grid pattern to give your display a fun, modern feel. Use double-stick tape to attach new or vintage cards to the ribbons.
Weave wonders using a basket and pinecones to make a display for your favorite greeting cards. Pinecones make natural card stands; just clip a few scales if necessary. Accent the basket with sprigs or berries.
Punch holes in each card and string through pretty ribbon to add to a chair back or over a doorway.