And really, my Christmas decorations are sort of lacking… I am a year out of college and just really setting up my own post-collegiate home.
I’ve been seeing some great ideas out here in blog land, but just haven’t had the time or the resources to really try anything.
Until… I made a quick grocery run to Wal-Mart the other day and decided I should try a budget craft.
(There’s not a Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or otherwise fun crafter chain store in my area… so Wal-Mart it is… Which works good for me!)
I have been wanting a fun Christmas Card Holder/Display but hadn’t found anything that really hit the spot… SO I decided to make my own!
For less than $10, $9.93 to be exact, I did just that!
I started with a small wooden plaque, red and green Christmas ribbon (I ended up not using the red), red and green paint, a package of foam brushes, and six wooden clothes pins.
I chose a green JOY Christmas tree decoration ($1.00!) for my wording because I don’t have a nifty Silhouette machine (*wink at Santa..) yet to make my own.
I went with a small plaque because me and the hubs-to-be are just starting to get Christmas cards from family and friends… So we don’t need a huge display for three (as of yesterday) Christmas cards… 🙂
I painted the plaque red, and three of the clothes pins red and three green. Then left them to dry for a few hours. FYI, clothes pins are HARD to paint… But worth it in the end!
After everything was dry, I hot glued the green Christmas ribbon to the back of the plaque, eyeballing carefully measuring so that it was centered, forming a loop with which to hang my project. I also eyeballed carefully measured two lengths of green ribbon (to attach the cards to) and hot glued those onto the plaque as well.
Please excuse the old, yucky glue gun… I have a new, cute little one but it’s in storage right now… 🙁
Then I felt like I was being super lazy by not painting the back, so I went ahead and painted around the ribbon…
Again, I let everything dry well. In the meantime, I haphazardly popped off carefully removed the loop (for hanging) from the JOY decoration. And hot glued it to the front of the plaque.
Tada! Here’s my finished Christmas Card Holder!
I took the six painted clothes pins and clipped our Christmas cards to the hanging ribbons! I LOVE it! It’s the perfect little size for our card collecting (for the time being) and it’s quite cheery!
Perfect addition to my small Christmas decor collection!
And in use, hanging on the door. What do you think??
Apologies for the glare from my camera flash… I work during the day and closet craft at night, so the lighting wasn’t so optimal… 🙂
MERRY CHRISTMAS from TRULY LOVELY!!!
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