Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DIY: Holiday Card Holder


Today we wanted to share a project which has the potential to free up a lot of shelf, mantel, and window sill space. As we live in a small apartment, space is a hot commodity! We have been looking for a way to display all the beautiful holiday cards we receive that is both festive and practical. This project can be adapted to a display on the wall or over a door. There is also a short version for those that want results fast, and a longer version (which we did) for you creative types.



Directions:

1. First decide whether you want to create your own sign or just use a pre-made holiday sign. If you use a pre-made sign, make sure you look at the hanging possibilities. Some signs already have wire attached for hanging. If your sign does not have a means to be hung, then we suggest drilling some holes if it is wood, so a ribbon can be added. 

We decided to be crafty...so we made our own sign and stenciled the letters. Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Jo-Anns have blank wooden signs (we recommend a thin and lightweight wood plaque). We first drilled two holes on either side of the wood so we could hang it. Then we painted the sign white using acrylic paint then used a silkscreen stencil to make the letters (Martha Stewart has some nice stencil kits). Doing a black chalkboard sign with white lettering would also look really neat!

2. Next step is to attach ribbon to the back of the sign. We choose a wide burlap ribbon for our sign. You can layer ribbon as well for a different look. The ribbon is attached by using a hot glue gun. You can decide how long you want your ribbon to be depending on where you want to hang the card holder. We also purchased some poster putty (sold at craft stores) to secure the ribbon to the door.

3. Since we wanted our card holder to go over the door, we used some twine to hang the sign and loop it over the back of the door. We used a single plastic hook turned upside down to hang the twine on. Optional: Add a bow or ribbon above the sign to finish the look and draw the eyes away from the piece going over the door.

4. We found some pre-painted clothespins at Michaels that were perfect! You can use plain clothespins, mini clothes pins or paint your own. The possibilities are endless! Attach your card to the ribbon with the clothespin and stand back to admire your handiwork.

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