When I was a kid, all the Christmas cards we received would be taped around a door frame, proudly displayed. I loved to look at them – especially the ones with photos (Those were the rich families – back in the 80’s it was much more expensive to put Christmas cards on your photos).
I do still love getting everyone’s Christmas cards – with or without photos.
I really love when we get Christmas cards from older relatives. You know they have that stockpile of Christmas cards that date back to 1954, and those are just the prettiest cards ever with all those vintage Christmas colors and scenes.
Anyway, I wanted a better way to display all our Christmas cards this year.
Basically, so everyone can see just how popular and cool I am – you know everyone wants to be friends with me, right?
For my new Christmas card holder, I opted to make it fun. With raffle tickets.
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That’s right, I used raffle tickets.
I’m sure that’s breaking some decorating or Christmas rule. Whatevs.
Here’s how to make it.
Because you know you want some raffle tickets for Christmas decor now too, don’t you?
Told ya people wanted to be like me.
Psstt… really I had no idea if this was going to work or not – 90% of my ideas never do.
DIY Christmas Card Holder
Materials & Supplies Needed:
- 1 x 4’s or scrap wood for the frame ( I used 2 1/2 – 6 foot long 1×4’s
- Wood Stain (if you want the stained look)
- Wood glue
- Clamps or something heavy to sit on top of the wood
- Letter Stencils (These are the ones I used.)
- White School Glue
- Foam Pouncer
- Raffle Tickets
Make the wood frame.
You can really make this any size you want. I made mine bigger just because I wanted it to also function as Christmas decor. Mine is 28 1/4″ high x 36″ wide. Stain your wood if you want to. I really wanted to use some of the old barn wood I used on the bottom of my kitchen island for this, but sadly I didn’t have enough here. Boo.
After the wood is stained and dry, place glue on the top and bottoms of the vertical pieces, then place the horizontal pieces on top of the glue. Clamp it together or put something heavy on top of the corners.
Let the sparkliness commence!
To make the glittery word goodness, I used these stencils.
The stencils are cardboard and the letters just punch right out. Punch out the letters and lay them out on your frame. There are multiples of some letters, but you may still have to reuse some letters, like the “R” if you do “Merry & Bright.”
Starting from the end of wherever you are putting your sparkly goodness, pounce a small amount of glue onto the stencil, then immediately shake the glitter on. My glitter shakers came from Staples as well (can’t find a link online, but I bought them in the store anyway.)
After you have put the glitter on, remove the stencil, and place the next letter to be stenciled on the frame. I put the edge of the stencil right against the letter I had just stenciled in terms of spacing (last photo). Continue until all your letters are done.
Let your piece sit a while for the glue to dry, then just string raffle tickets (I used these) back and forth along the frame, securing with tape on the back.
Use paperclips to secure the cards to the raffle tickets. I opted for these gold paperclips, just because they were prettier than the silver ones.
I love the stenciled letters – I think that font / style has a vintage feel too it. Its uncomplicated- how Christmas used to be.
Since we haven’t received any Christmas cards yet, you are stuck seeing all of ours from years past.
The cute little elf topped ornament tree tutorial is here.
How do you display your holiday cards?
More simple holiday projects and decorating ideas:
Vintage Storybook Garland – an easy Christmas tree garland to make that your kids will love!
How to Make Ornament Clusters – beautiful holiday decorations that are eye-catching but simple to make.
And here are loads of Christmas decoration ideas that are simple and affordable.
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