Christmas cards are filling up my mailbox and I could’t be more excited! I absolutely love displaying our loved ones Christmas Cards for all to see, it is probably one of my favorite aspects of Christmas decorating. This year I decided instead of purchasing a Christmas card holder or throwing all of our cards into a bowl, that I would get creative and make my own. I visited my nearby Hobby Lobby store to get some inspiration, and ended up leaving with an easy and perfect project to create, (because lets be real, who doesn’t love a good holiday inspired craft project?!)
Christmas Card Holder – DIY Tutorial
From start to finish this project turned out to be pretty simple. With only a few items needed and in one afternoons time, it was on the wall and ready to become a card masterpiece.
I started with an empty wooden window frame. I decided that I would add a little wood-stain to make it a darker color to match our home. I used my favorite wood finish by Minwax – Dark Walnut. CLICK HERE to check it out. I literally keep a can of this stain color on hand at all times, it makes for the best dark, smoky color. If you have never stained before, this is a perfect color to start with. You will love it!
After two light coats I found it to be the perfect color. I also stained the neutral colored clothes pins I purchased, so that they would match the frame when it was all said and done.
My Staining tip – Paint on the stain with a sponge brush and then follow after it with an old towel or t-shirt to wipe away any thickness or extra smear marks. This process will keep the color thorough and smooth throughout.
I let the frame sit for one hour to dry and then with the help of my handy hubby we nailed in the chicken-wire with 12 nails and a hammer. It took 6 small nails to secure each 12×12 piece of chicken wire to the back of the wooden frame.
For my finishing touch I personalize the frame by adding a cute hanging chalkboard label. I wrote on the label with a permanent chalk-paint marker, and I absolutely love how it turned out!
The finished product looks amazing! I would definitely call this holiday project a success!
Extra Touch: I loved the end result so much that I decided to personalize the back of the chalkboard label as well. Once the holidays have passed I can flip the disc over and make it an information hub in our home; a place where I can keep photos, Paisley’s drawings and random invitations/notes. I love that I can enjoy this frame year round. Win-Win.
I hope this tutorial has inspired you to make your own personalized Christmas card holder to cherish all of your lovely cards too!
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