It’s that time of year again! Cards are flowing in and you need somewhere to display them. I love sending and receiving Christmas cards every year. They make me smile as I glance at all of them from family and friends as I walk by. I’ve displayed them numerous ways over the years. Even made a couple things but they didn’t hold up well year after year or there wasn’t enough room for all of the cards.
I have wanted to make a Christmas card holder like this for a few years now and just never got around to it. This year I told myself “it’s happening!” So, on a rainy Sunday I started and completed it in just a few hours! That’s including drying time for the stain so it really didn’t even take me long.
If you’d like to make your own Christmas card (or any card or picture) holder, I am going to share with you how I made mine.
Supplies you will need:
- 1×2’s (I purchased 2 8ft boards but it all depends on the size you want yours)
- wood stain (or paint, however you would like yours finished)
- jute rope
- heavy duty staple gun
- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws (or long screws/nails if you don’t use a kreg jig)
- mini clothes pins
- First off I decided where I wanted my holder to be and measured the space to determine what size I wanted. My completed size is 24″x48″.
- Cut your 1×2’s to your desired size. You will need two the same size for the top/bottom and two the same size for the sides. My cuts were two at 24″ and two at 45″.
- Stain or paint your boards. Only need to finish the top, sides and ends of the boards. Let dry. I used Varathane wood stain in Early American.
- You will now make your pocket holes. I used the kreg jig to make mine. I set it to 3/4″ and drilled 2 pocket holes in the ends of each of the longer side boards.
- Start assembling your frame by attaching the long side boards to the top/bottom boards with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Or regular long screws or nails if you aren’t using a kreg jig.
- On the back of the frame you’ve assembled grab your jute rope and tie a knot on 1 end. Starting at the top and staple the rope down so the knot is holing it from slipping out. You will zig zag the rope back and forth stapling each time on the sides. There is no specific way of doing this. Just whatever you feel like doing and looks good. At the bottom when you’re happy with the roping, tie another knot and staple it to hold it in place.
- Turn it over and admire your work! Add on your clothes pins. You can hang it on the wall or have it leaning against a wall.
Making this holder is super easy! If you’re not too handy with power tools, have someone help you out with the cutting wood pieces and drilling. But it is very simple and basic!
I absolutely love the way this turned out!! I didn’t add Christmas specifics decor or color to it so technically isn’t only Christmas. I haven’t decided yet if I will leave it up year round to display pictures and other holiday decor or bring it out just at Christmas time for cards. My plan is to hang it on this wall of the staircase but I haven’t done that yet and was so excited to share it!
So far I have received a few cards this year and they look great on my holder! I also added some Christmas pine pieces for a greenery Christmas touch. I love it!
Click here to watch my Christmas Home Tour so see how I decorated my house for Christmas this year!