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Top five Secret Santa gifts New ways with wrapping

 
 
 
 
 

get the look

GET
CREATIVE WITH
CHRISTMAS
CARDS

get the look

GET
CREATIVE WITH
CHRISTMAS
CARDS

Sending a card might be a simple task, but it’s rich with meaning and feeling. So why not show your Christmas cards some love by turning them into a showpiece with these easy-to-do ideas

 

Clever ways to display

Transform cards into de facto decorations for your tree or wreath.

: Hang a simple craft wire hoop from a picture hook with an oversized bow. Arrange cards around the circle as you receive them.

: We’ve created a ceiling-hung garland by stringing up a bough of pine (you could also fix across the top of a window or door frame) and decorating with an arrangement of festive greenery (mistletoe, holly and eucalyptus leaves), show-stopping baubles and Christmas cards. Simply punch a hole and string up with different lengths and styles of ribbon.

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The 10-minute tree

For an alternative tree you can put up while the kettle boils, fix a string of fairy lights to the wall with coloured tape (choose a spot above a power point). Don’t be too precious – a rustic look is all part of the charm. Decorate your new tree by clipping on Christmas cards; a laundry peg dressed with a strip of washi tape works a treat.

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You’ve got mail

The card may have your heartfelt message inside, but the envelope is a canvas for creative touches that show loved ones you care. Here are some of our tips:

Swap your usual biro for a fountain pen, paint pen or fine-tip marker. Gold and silver are super festive, while white is striking on dark paper.

Line envelopes with wrapping paper cut to fit (thicker paper is the best).

For child-friendly crafting, ink stamps or watercolour washes are easy ways to transform a plain envelope.

Try a strip of a washi tape for a modern spin on the wax seal.

Go all-out with touches of gold foil (best saved for hand-delivered cards).

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Photographer: Katie Hammond / Stylist: Susie Clegg