Easy DIY Christmas Card Holder from a Vintage Shutter
Do you have a Christmas card holder? No? We didn’t either until this year.
Typically, I’d just put them in a stack and let them accumulate on some surface somewhere in the house until after the holidays were over. It created more clutter than Christmas cheer, so I was determined to come up with a better plan this year. I think we did just that, and I can’t wait to show you so that you can make one for your home, too!
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I found this vintage shutter ages ago at an antique shop and was smitten with its chippiness. At the time, I wasn’t totally sure what I’d do to upcycle it, but the lovely green made me think a Christmas project would be perfect. So I settled on a DIY Christmas card holder! And it works so well!
This is a truly easy project, so let’s get straight to it! I’m sure you’ve got a bunch of Christmas cards that are in need of a home!
To Make a DIY Christmas Card Holder, You’ll Need:
- heavy duty stapler OR pneumatic stapler (which is awesome) with air compressor
- 1/4″ staples (but double check for your particular shutter. the length should be shorter than the depth of your shutter)
- vintage shutter
- a large cardboard box, or a couple of medium sized boxes
- cardboard cutter
- packing tape
- if you don’t have a cardboard cutter (which I’d highly recommend…they come in so handy!) then substitute scissors or box cutter
- a boatload of Christmas cards
This short video shows you the process of how to assemble your Christmas card holder (but if you’d prefer to read through the steps, just skip below the video now):
How to Make a DIY Christmas Card Holder:
1.) Cut cardboard to fit back of shutter.
Lay the shutter out on your work surface. Open the cardboard box or boxes you will be using to cover the back of the shutter. If you need to tape several pieces together to create one continuous surface large enough to cover the area of your shutter, do that now.
2.) Staple cardboard backing to perimeter of shutter.
All that is left to do is to simply staple the cardboard backing to the rear of your shutter. If you have a pneumatic stapler, this should take no more than a minute or two. Make sure that your staples are holding. Sometimes, if the cardboard is too thin, you’ll need to double it up so that the staples don’t pierce straight through.
If your shutter has a mid-way point like ours did that is free of slats, that’s a good spot to add some extra staples. The backing needs to be pretty tight to the shutter so that cards can’t fall down to the bottom of the cardboard.
Once you’re satisfied that the cardboard backing is secure, all that’s left to do is grab your Christmas cards and stick them in!
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