Before you get too impressed (or upset?) with me for already beginning Christmas crafts, this project needs an explanation. You see, this was one of my very first Pinterest projects…pre-blog and everything! But because I created it myself, without following a tutorial, this very well may have been the spark that lit my crafting fire and made me think, “hey, maybe I can actually do this!” It was shortly after Christmas that I began this blog, and the rest, as they say, is history ;-)
So, since I made this project last year and before the blog, I decided to pull it out of the Christmas bins and share it with you now!
Ok, rewind to last year…I was frustrated with my lack of flat space to display Christmas cards in our little townhouse. I had been taping them to the banister rails at the bottom of the stairs, which was okay, but not very easy to see and still not a whole lot of space. Then I found this pin from The Anderson Crew:
I knew that would be perfect to hang on a door in our living room to display all our cards! But, there was no tutorial! What to do? Guess I’d have to improvise! So, I set about creating our own over the door hanging Christmas card holder.
The first step was to create my own Merry Christmas sign. I bought a wooden plaque from Michael’s and painted it red, then distressed the edges with a little sandpaper.
I had already done some painted lettering on wooden signs before (with an easy technique that really works!), so I painted my letters for “Merry Christmas” onto the plaque and painted them white with acrylic paint.
The next step was the ribbons. I measured and cut the card-hanging ribbons and then stapled them onto the plaque using a staple gun.
I did the same with a loop of ribbon on top to hang the plaque.
To hang it on the door, I attached a 3M hook – upside down – to the opposite side of the door.
After finding out that the card-hanging ribbons would fly every which way when I opened the door, I used some sticky poster putty to stick it to the door. It really did the trick! (In fact, when I got it out to photograph it today – a year later – that poster putty was still sticky!)
Then, as we received cards in the mail, we hung them up with clothespins!
By Christmas, it was full of beautiful cards! I love that we were able to display them in a way that we would see them every day – not only is it lovely Christmas decoration, it’s a wonderful daily reminder of greetings, well-wishes, and love from friends and family all around the country. I can’t wait to fill it up again this year!
Have you started Christmas crafting yet? I am excited to share a DIY Christmas Ornament Series with you starting next week…be sure to follow along via Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter so you don’t miss it!
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