Friday, December 9, 2011
Room for Improvement: Holiday Cards
You might be getting ready to mail out your holiday cards, but what are you going to do with all the ones you receive? Especially those real nice personalized ones. Well tonight, our makeover maestro, Martin Amado, is here to show us why we should keep them.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "Well, this is the time of the year that every time we check the mailbox, it's typically full of holiday cards, and the question becomes, Do I keep them, or do I toss them after I read them? I'm not sure about you, but I kind of feel guilty doing the latter. So on today's Room for Improvement, I'm going to show you some simple ideas on how you can incorporate them into your holiday decor."
Martin Amado: "The perfect way to display holiday cards for me is an entrance or foyer, because that way, you can appreciate them at first glance every time you walk into your home. Now, I know they also sell stands specifically for cards, but I thought, well why not use them as ornaments and incorporate them into traditional wreaths and garlands? Let's begin with the first project."
Martin Amado: "We need an oversized wreath, a pre-made bow, some ornaments, traditional hooks and even curtain rings."
Martin Amado: "So, the idea is to incorporate ornaments around the wreath, and then place the greeting cards right around it. How cute is that?"
Martin Amado: "And of course, how do we hang a wreath on a mirror? Well, your friend becomes these removable hooks."
Martin Amado: "One way to secure the cards on the wreath is to use the actual branches. The second option is to use a standard curtain ring to ensure that it doesn't fall off."
Martin Amado: "Now, I know what you are saying. 'But Martin, I have more cards than this.' So by adding a garland around the mirror, we create more space to display more cards in the same manner."
Martin Amado: "Just like we added ornaments on the wreath, we can enhance a simple garland by incorporating some poinsettias. Now, this is obviously an artificial bundle that I bought. I'm going to cut them into individual stems and that way we get more bang for our buck."
Martin Amado: "Well guys, this is looking great, but if you still need more space to display your holiday cards, I'm going to show you how to use your wall and a decorative ribbon to solve that problem."
Martin Amado: "Now, let me show you a tip to get that beautiful decorative end. You fold the ribbon in half and then just cut a slit on a diagonal."
Martin Amado: "I use double-sided tape to secure my ribbon and bow on the wall. I repeated the same procedure on the back of the cards and then all I have to do is attach them to the ribbon."
Martin Amado: "All right, and there you have it. Now, you have many ways to display your holiday cards from friends and family so that you can appreciate every single day how much your thought of this holiday season. Until next time, I'm Martin Amado for Room for Improvement."
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