Vintage Christmas Cards in a Multi Photo Frame

Vintage Christmas Cards in a Multi Photo Frame

Back in January of this year, I was thrifting at my local Habitat ReStore and spotted a multi photo frame that was in excellent condition. I put the frame in my cart and filed away this Christmas idea for a later time…and finally, FINALLY, that time is now. I would use it to display vintage Christmas cards or vintage Christmas postcards!

Multi photo frame to be repurposed as a display for vintage Christmas cards and Christmas postcards

My idea was to use this spinning frame to display some of my vintage Christmas postcards. I could also use some of my  vintage Christmas cards, as well.

I just love a vintage postcard, and Christmas versions (especially with Santa) are a particular favorite.

Victorian Christmas cards or Christmas postcards to be displayed in a multi photo frame

And since I had no intention of altering my postcards (cutting, Mod-Podging, etc.), my “new” spinning frame would be perfect.

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Creating a Display for Vintage Christmas Cards

Like I mentioned before, the multi photo frame was in like-new condition and was easily dismantled for cleaning…

Taking apart a multi photo frame or spinning frame for cleaning and painting

…and, well, painting. You know I had to paint it, right?

And to emulate a Christmas tree, I went with a rich Kelly green spray paint.

Green spray paint on a spinning frame as a display for vintage Christmas cards or Victorian postcards

And I should note that, while not pictured, I sanded down the actual frames and center piece a tad…just to help the paint adhere better.

Once the paint had dried overnight, I cleaned the glass plates and re-gathered all the moving parts.

Vintage Christmas decorations with a multi photo frame and Victorian Christmas cards

Next, I selected my favorite vintage Christmas postcards and then set each one (back to back) between two plates of glass, and then slipped the glass into each frame. Now- I will mention that because postcards are thicker than photos, it was a tight squeeze from time to time.

So, if you recreate a similar project, you may want to consider scanning and color printing vintage Christmas cards or postcards to streamline the process.

Spinning frame as a Christmas display for vintage postcards or Victorian Christmas cards

Victorian Christmas Cards or Christmas Postcards in a Spinning Frame

And there you have it- a wonderful way to display your vintage Christmas postcards or vintage Christmas cards in a multi photo frame! I also love that it’s interactive- people can spin the photo frame to see all the vintage Christmas cards inside.

Upcycling a multi photo frame with spray paint and vintage Christmas cards for holiday decor

A multi photo frame displaying vintage Christmas postcards or vintage Christmas cards is a nice variation on a tabletop tree, isn’t it? Plus, each card is protected from prying fingers or curious cats (I’m not mentioning names…Cottonball!).

And you know what? I went back and forth between red paint or green paint on the multi photo frame…but I’m quite happy with the green.

Decorating for Christmas with a spinning frame and Victorian Christmas postcards

If you can’t find a picture frame to display your postcard collection, though, don’t fret! There are plenty of other ways to create vignettes with them. For instance, I used some vintage shoe shine brushes and scrub brushes to prop them up.

How to display the vintage Christmas cards or Victorian postcards with scrub brushes or shoe shine brushes

You could achieve the same thing with vintage flower frogs, as well (the spiky kind).

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for vintage Christmas cards, then you may also be interested in my waterless snow globes that you vintage Christmas decorations, too!

Snowglobes or snow globes and vintage Christmas decorations in antique mason jars

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  1. First, you had a great find. Then, you painted it and used it in an unusual way. I’m going to keep this in mind. Hopefully, I will find a picture frame set like you did! It’s quite attractive!

  2. Fantastic makeover and such a creative idea. I have never seen one of these carousels before. Marvelous way to keep displaying the prettiest of the cards received!

  3. Laura Carder says

    Wow! What a beautiful job you did-LOVE it!

  4. Oh, I love this!! I totally would have left that behind, you are so creative!!


  5. This is such a great idea! I’m a sucker for Victorian Christmas Cards too and ornaments with vintage Santa’s. Love this idea and guess what I’ll be looking for during my thrift store haunts in 2017.

  6. LOVE this fabulous idea and your awesome results! I love Victorian postcards, too so yes, I will also be looking for one of these cool gizmos in my local thrift stores! BTW, I also LOVE the green colour you selected! Nice change from all of the red! Brilliant!

  7. What a great idea. Thank You for sharing. I love vintage post cards.

  8. OVER the top this time!! LOVE it! 😉

  9. Good Morning Sarah! Your spinning picture frame idea is SUPERB! I absolutely love what you did and sure hope that hubby and I will be lucky enough to come across one or two of these (great gift for my parents idea…who have everything). I also think you chose the right color, it does so make you think of a spinning Christmas tree. Thank you for another brilliant idea! Have a fantastic creative day!

  10. This is adorable!

  11. Love this idea and I will be looking for a photo carousel for displaying some of my vintage post cards. Thank you for sharing your clever idea with us at Vintage Charm.

  12. I’ve left you a very long message on your feature this weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk 360… I think you should consider what I said! 🙂 LOVE this, girl.

  13. Great idea! I also struggle to display my post cards. I have vintage postcard holders and my husband has made me some stained glass ones but this one is fantastic. I will now have to find one.

  14. I love this Christmas Postcard Carousel!! You are so creative!! Is the paint actually called Kelly green or is it called something else? Would you mind sharing the exact paint color name/color number please so that I can buy the exact color that you used? Also, could you please tell me what the gray/red Rust-oleum tool that is shown in your photo is used for? Thank you so much!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      It is called Meadow Green and the Rustoleum tool is a trigger handle (prevents carpel tunnel/wrist pain from spray painting).

  15. Aww this is soooo cute! What a fun way to show off your favorite Christmas cards, and the color is perfect! Love!!!


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