When my fiancé and I got engaged, we received two separate cards from his mother alone, and between all of our assorted relatives, students, and supervisors, we found ourselves surrounded by quite the little collection of congratulatory stationary.
I didn’t want to throw them out or banish them to a scrapbook (at least not yet) but I didn’t want to keep knocking them over or accidentally dropping them on the floor either. The pretty flowers on the card I received from my college roommate, however, gave me an idea. Read on to see how you can give your engagement cards a permanent (and pretty!) home.
- Engagement cards (obviously)
- Approximately 3 yards of yarn, string, or thin ribbon
- Large tapestry needle
- Additional wide ribbon in a color of your choice
- Assorted tissue paper flowers
Step 1: First up, lay out all of your cards in a line on the floor or a large table to make sure you’re happy with the arrangement. If some are larger than others or have similar colors, you may want to space them out to ensure that your final product doesn’t look lopsided. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, use a large tapestry needle or a pair of scissors to create a small hole in the top corners of each card. Hold the card in a “closed” position to ensure that you go through both the front and back of each card at the same time.
Step 2: Once you’ve created your holes, it is time to “thread” your cards. Insert your needle and thread (or yarn/ribbon/string in this case) through the front of the card, across the back and out the other side. The majority of the “thread” should appear behind the card, leaving the front predominantly free and clear. Repeat this step for each card leaving about 6 inches between each card and a foot or two at either end.
Step 3: Attach a tissue paper flower to the corner of each card and wrap its stem around the yarn that holds all of your cards together. Tissue paper flowers are super easy to make but you could use a bow, a tulle poof, or an origami crane instead. Mini photo booth snapshots would look great as well.
Step 4: Tie a large bow on either end of your garland. These should be more decorative than functional. Then, use the leftover “thread” tail on each end to hang your garland and voila! Your cards will be safely and elegantly displayed for all of your friends and relatives to see.
This garland would work well for wedding cards as well, especially if you receive the majority of them prior to your wedding. You could even display the garland at your reception and create an extra empty garland for the cards you and your fiancé will receive on the big day. Provide your guests with a bowl of mini clothespins near the cards table for easy assembly so they can just pin their cards instead of sewing them in place.