DIY Holiday Card Garland


We’re always looking for new ways to display our annual collection of holiday cards from friends and family. Using the same string and clips gets OLD! This year, we put our craft skills to the test to make a stunning doorway card garland. Not only is it a great way to bring attention to the heartwarming holiday wishes of loved ones, but it doubles as a festive decor piece that can fit well in any home.

You’d be shocked how easy it is to achieve this look as well. A quick trip to your local craft store will provide everything you’ll need.

DIY Supplies Needed:
-20 ft. of fresh or faux evergreen garland (we used fresh!)
-Clear Heavy Duty Tape
-Festive Stickers
-Mini Clothes Pins
-Festive Bakers twine
Shutterfly Holiday Cards



Step 1: Find a doorway in your home with a little bit of ledge. Starting from the top middle, place the end of your garland on top and find a branch that can be easily hidden by needles to be your first anchor.


Step 2: Holding your anchor branch against the ledge, use a 4-5 in. piece of heavy duty tape to tack it down. Repeat all along the doorway every 1-2 ft. until you reach the ground.


Step 3: Use 12 in. pieces of baker’s twine to hold stray pieces of the garland together. Tie the pieces into a cute bow to double as decor accents.


Step 4: Cut one long piece of baker’s twine to weave around your entire garland. String it through the branches so it is exposed from end to end for pinning up your photos.


Step 5: Add your holiday stickers to the mini clothes pins for ad added decor detail before you begin hanging your photos.


Step 6: Start to hang your holiday cards!


When arranging your photos, make sure you break up the orientation and color blocks. For example, don’t hang two cards with dark backgrounds and vertical orientation right next to each other. Add some contrast by mixing up the type of cards that you hang near each other.

We set our garland up just behind a vignette of chairs in our living room, so it’s an easy place for guests to approach and check out all the holiday cards from the season.


We find that these little details are the ones our friends and family love the most when they come over to celebrate at this time of year. Seeing the favorite photos and notes from loved ones creates the sentimental moments we all love so much. We can’t wait to continue to add to our garland throughout the whole holiday season! You can also view this DIY on Shutterfly’s website here.