Last year I made a bunch of items for my Christmas decor- it was so fun! One thing I wanted to make was a card holder, but I wasn’t really inspired by anything. How could I make something that goes with my decor and is unique? This year I came up with a simple idea that I’m really excited to share with you for a DIY Christmas card holder!
christmas card holder
- Picture Frame– mine is 17 1/2″ x 20 1/2″- you could go bigger though. Mine holds 9-12 cards easily. I got my frame thrifting, but I link to a similar one.
- Dollhouse Trim- again, I got mine thrifting. I think this trim is the exact same thing through. This one is similar
- Bow decorative trim
Like I noted above, when I was thrifting, I found a beautiful frame for $5! This project will be the most affordable if you thrift or use a frame you already have for this project.
Start by taking apart the picture frame. I used a screwdriver to bend the staples to I could remove the foam core backing. My plan was to cut a piece of wood to fit as a backer. But when I opened the frame, the backing to the matting was a piece of creme linen textured thick paper- it was the perfect solution! I just needed to erase the pencil marks.
If your frame doesn’t come with the perfect backer, you can cut one with wood and then paint it.
Next, cut the trim. It comes in 17 3/4″ lengths which was a little too long for my frame. So we cut it with a table saw. BUT don’t get overwhelmed by this picture! Cutting it with an exact-o knife would work nicely too.
And now it’s time to figure out the spacing for where the trim should go. To do that, I pulled out Christmas cards to see what a good placement would be for tall cards. I figured 6 3/4″ between pieces was good.
To attach them in place, I used a hot glue gun to glue the dollhouse scallop trim to the edges of the frame.
Finally, I finished the project by re-assembling the frame. This time the linen piece of cardboard when in first, the glass went in second, the art went in third, and the foam core backer went in last. I kept the glass in the frame in case I ever want to use it for art again. Once everything was in, I used the screwdriver to push down the staples again.
I hung the new Christmas card holder on the wall and then used a command strip to attach the decorative bow above the frame. Personally, I thought that was the perfect finishing touch! It kind of looks like a present, doesn’t it?!
Ta da! Here’s the Christmas card holder hanging on the wall. I love it! I think it looks sophisticated and right at home on the wall. As holiday cards from our friends and family start arriving, I’ll put those up.
The trim is nice and tight so that cards can just be slipped under it and stay up. So easy- right?! This is a 1-2 hour project and definitely doable at any skill level. Is this something you’d make to display holiday cards?
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