This week the first Christmas cards from friends and relatives have started arriving which presents me with my annual dilemma of how to display them! I figure if people are kind enough to send me cards, the least I can do is “show them off” in some fashion! I’ve tried endless options over the years, but none of them have proven satisfactory to me….until this year!
Oddly enough, I was shopping for our Thanksgiving dinner a few weeks ago when I spotted this idea. There is an aisle in our local grocery store that always has the cutest home decor items! I know, weird huh? But someone in the grocery store has really good taste! lol. Anyway, as I was taking my typical stroll down this aisle, I noticed a large wooden star tucked in behind a bunch of other items that was calling my name! There it was! The holiday card display idea I’d been searching all these years for! I peeked at the price and while not completely out of line, I just felt like this would be so easy to duplicate on my own I just couldn’t resist the urge to do so.
I’m so excited about this idea I could hardly wait to post it. :-)
At first I thought I would just make my version of the star out of some wooden yardsticks, but do you know how hard it is to find wooden yardsticks nowadays?! I don’t know about where you live, but where I live there are no wooden yardsticks to be found.
So off to my local Home Depot I went and headed straight to the wood moulding section. I found what I was looking for within probably 30 seconds and then I did something I’ve never done before….I cut the wood right then and there using their cutting station! I felt so legit measuring and sawing my own wood! lol. It’s pretty heady stuff!
The rest of the process was so simple, it’s almost embarrassing. But I’ll expound upon it anyway and try to make it more impressive-sounding that it really was. :-)
What You’ll Need:
- 5 pieces of wood moulding 1″ wide and 36 inches long
- red acrylic paint
- sponge paintbrush
- wooden clothespins
- glue gun & glue sticks
When I got my custom wood pieces home (see how impressive that sounds!) I quickly painted them all with some red acrylic paint I had left over from a project I did last Christmas. I spread it on pretty light and didn’t bother trying to get it in every nook and cranny because after they had dried for maybe 15 minutes…I gave each one a quick sanding with a sanding block. I loved how the light sanding toned down the red and gave the wood moulding some ‘character’.
Next was the trickiest part – forming the star (which isn’t saying much, because nothing about this project was really all that difficult.) It took me a few minutes of adjusting, but once I had all the ends meeting up fairly closely it was time to get the glue gun!
I just love using my glue gun, as sad as it is. I actually told Santa this year that there were only 3 things I wanted for Christmas. New house numbers for my house, a new set of steak knives, and a new glue gun! :-) But for this project my sad little glue gun worked just fine.
Start by gluing the five points of the star, allow to dry for a few minutes, then squeeze some glue between the wood at all the other places that the wood intersects.
Once the star is glued and dried it’s time to start gluing on the clothespins/picture holders. I glued one on each star point, on each intersection, and a couple extras on the bottom….but you can put them wherever your heart desires.
Now go hang that baby up (I used a removable Command hook, I love those things!) and start displaying your holiday cards in style!