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DIY: Christmas Card Holder

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!

Supplies:

1 oversized frame

a tube of acrylic paint

sponge brush

a piece of medium grit sandpaper

scissors

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!

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$5 for my thrift store find.

Dismantle the frame removing the glass and picture. Wipe the frame down making sure it is clean and grease-free.

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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.

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I found all of my ribbon at the dollar store and Target’s Dollar Spot.

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.

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Once the glue has cooled it is ready to hang.

Attach your beautiful holiday cards with clothes pins and enjoy! 🎄😄

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My finished card holder.
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The perfect display of all my treasured Christmas cards.

 

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#FridayFavorite: Plaid Throw from Thirteen & Market

I am mad for plaid this holiday season. So, it’s no wonder that I fell “head over heals” in love with this plaid throw from Thirteen & Market. The throws are lightweight, soft and come in a ton of wonderful color combinations – 8 in all! It’s a great throw to have around the house as décor or to cover up on a cold winter’s night. At just over $22, they make a great holiday gift.

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Thirteen & Market offers up a wonderful selection of home décor – which I’m currently adding to my Christmas Wishlist. 😍 Here are a couple of the gorgeous items I’m hoping to get under my tree this year:

Holiday Cheer Gift Set

A perfect gift! Includes a throw, soy candle and wooden beads.

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Photo: Thirteen & Market

Faux Fur Throw Pillow

Faux Fur pillows….need I say more! 😍 Ok, I am. These are beautiful and popular. It seems they are a hot buy so get them while you can!

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Photo: Thirteen & Market

Rustic Wooden Tray

I’ve wanted one of these trays for a while. It would look great on a dining room table or a cute cocktail ottoman.

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Photo: Thirteen & Market

Check out Thirteen & Market’s complete product selection, you won’t be disappointed. Their throw is this week’s #FridayFavorite. Start that Christmas list and enjoy!

 

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Deck Your Halls with Free Holiday Printables

Merry Christmas Free Printable

 

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Surprise… It’s an early Christmas present! Free Christmas printables to deck your halls this holiday season. These work best in a square frame (8″x8″). I went mad for plaid this season and created these festive downloads for my wonderful readers. Share, print, frame and make your season even merrier! ~ Melissa @ House Fenway

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Merry Christmas Download

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Season’s Greetings Download

It's a Wonderful Life Free Printable

It’s a Wonderful Life Downnload