Christmas cards will be showing up in the mail before you know it! Even in today’s technological age, there is something so wholesome and nostalgic in receiving a tangible greeting. The stamp, the pretty envelope, the message – it’s still one of the great thrills of the season. I love receiving Christmas cards, but have always struggled with how to display them. They are all so pretty and thoughtful; how could I just toss them aside? I usually resort to taping them up around the house, but by the end of the season half the cards have fallen down. So, I decided to challenge myself this week and tackle a DIY project with a thrift store find: A Christmas Card Holder. The holder was the perfect answer to my Christmas card dilemma. I’ll show you what I did and how you can make one for around $10-$15!
1 oversized frame
a tube of acrylic paint
a piece of medium grit sandpaper
hot glue gun (3-4 glue sticks)
8-10 yards of ribbon (in a variety of styles and widths)
5-10 clothes pins
I stopped at my local thrift store to pick up a frame. I wanted the frame to be large enough to display a handful of cards, have some unique detail and cheap enough not to break the bank. I found this picture for $5 and thought it would work perfectly!
Dismantle the frame removing the glass and picture. Wipe the frame down making sure it is clean and grease-free.
Using a sponge brush apply two coats of acrylic paint (the color of your choice), waiting in between coats for it to dry.
After the frame is completely dry. Lightly sand with some medium grit sandpaper to create a weathered feel and reveal some of the frame detail.
Once the frame is painted, it was time to attach the ribbons.
Cut the ribbon into stripes the width of the frame.
Using a glue gun, attach the ribbon to the back of the frame making sure the ribbon is taut enough it will not sag. Work your way down the frame from the top to bottom, mixing up the ribbon styles as you go.
Once the glue has cooled it is ready to hang.
Attach your beautiful holiday cards with clothes pins and enjoy! 🎄😄