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Christmas cards are one of my favorite parts of the holiday.  It’s great to hear from friends and family that I don’t get to see frequently.  I love when everyone sends photo cards, especially, as I truly get to see those folks.  I like to display them, but sometimes it can get a little tricky to figure out how to do it without looking like you’ve opened a card shop.

In the past I’ve tried running wide ribbon down the center of a door or along door casings and attaching the cards to them.  It looked okay, but last year Bubbles was very interested in the ribbons and many of the cards ended up being pulled off repeatedly.  I thought about setting them on top of the entertainment center but we usually do family Christmas photos and a few decorations up there – no room for cards.

Christmas in July: Hanging DIY Christmas Card Holder #CIJ13

Then I saw this easy card holder on Pinterest and thought, “Hey, I can make those.”  They’ll add Christmas cheer to a bit of wall space and Bubbles won’t be able to reach them.  They’re also super-easy to customize to match whatever your decorating style and color scheme is, and inexpensive enough that you can make new ones every year if you change themes.

Hanging DIY Christmas Card Holder

Supplies Needed:

Foam Board (any color; you can even reuse old pieces that have writing on them)
Material in desired print (Christmas prints or colors you like to decorate with)
Coordinating ribbon or raffia
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Ruler or measuring tape
Box cutter or X-acto knife
Pencil

Tutorial:

Decide how large you’d like your boards to be.  I measured mine to be 12″ wide at the top and bottom, then drew a straight line to connect the two marks.  This gave me three full-size sections and a small piece of leftover (which Bubbles then got to decorate while I worked to keep her busy).

Use your cutting tool and score down the board.  You won’t likely be able to cut all the way through, but once your score foam board, it’s very easy to “snap” open.  Then you can just start a cut at the fold on the opposite side and pull the pieces apart.

Christmas in July: DIY Hanging Christmas Card Holder #CIJ13

Lay your board on the wrong side of the material.  Trim the material to be roughly 1/2″ larger on all sides than the board.  Heat your glue gun and draw a thin line of glue along one side.  Tightly pull the material over the edge and glue down.  Repeat this process until all four sides are glued.  You may want to do a little folding or trimming at the corners to keep it neat.

Christmas in July: DIY Hanging Christmas Card Holder #CIJ13

While the glue dries, decide how long you want your ribbon to hang, and then double it.  You’ll need the extra to tie your bow.  (You can always trim it off some later, too.)  Cut a second piece of ribbon the same size.  Then glue one end of each piece to the back of the board at the top.

Christmas in July: DIY Hanging Christmas Card Holder #CIJ13

Once the glue is dry, flip the board over and tie a bow at the top of the ribbon.  And you’re done!  If you’re making multiple boards repeat the process with the rest of them.  You can use the same fabric, or mix and match.  Whatever suits your style.

Christmas in July: Hanging DIY Christmas Card Holder #CIJ13

You can hang them in lots of different places.  I’ll be hanging mine on whichever wall is bare, but if you don’t want to (or can’t) put holes in or use command strips on your walls, you could use a magnetic clip and hang them from your refrigerator.  Wherever you like.

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  3 Responses to “DIY Hanging Christmas Card Holder #CIJ13”

  1. […] Day 1:  DIY Hanging Christmas Card Holder […]

  2. Pinned this one too! So much nicer than my messy hodge podge of cards I usually have.

  3. What a fantastic idea and you are so smart, getting it done in July!

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