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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Tree Card Holder

It's that time of year!  .... The Christmas cards are rollin' in!
Don't you just LOVE getting the mail this time of year!?!
This is the only time of year I actually get my mail more often than once a week! - Haha!

I have a wire card holder from Pottery Barn in my kitchen (the long, skinny one - not the Christmas tree shaped one), which stays up all year and holds all of our important mail, coupons, favorite photos, etc.  But I wanted something separate for all of the Christmas cards this year.

So .... I saw this picture on Pinterest:

And I had an idea!

I went to Home Depot and got two 1"x 2" pieces of rough-cut boards ... the ones that are warped and cheap!  (I think they were about a dollar each.)
I had the handy hubby cut the boards into seven pieces .... measuring 3 1/2 feet, 3 feet, 2 1/2 feet, 2 feet, 1 1/2 feet, 1 foot, and 6 inches.
Then, using my little Martha Stewart sample paints (which I talked about on my Advent Calendar post), I gave them all a coat of paint.
Of course I couldn't let things be easy .... so I also wiped on a bit of antiquing glaze (by Valspar) with a t-shirt rag.
....This darkened the colors and added just the right amount of texture and antique-ness (yep, I'm making up words!) to the boards, I think!

Next I spread them out and nailed them to a five foot long, 1"x 1" board we had out in the shop.  (I painted that board a dark wine-red color I had in my paint stash.)
Then I got out some itty-bitty clothespins I found at the craft store a while back in the dollar section....
And you guessed it!  I hot glued them onto the boards.

Finished product:


Super cute.  Same color scheme as the rest of my house.  And totally functional!


I "stuck" this to the wall in my dining room with my favorite Command hanging strips:

.... and here's PART of a picture.  This is the impossible room.  
Or rather, to clarify .... it's impossible to take a decent photo in.  
At least for me.  
I digress ....
But regardless of the fact that I can't take a proper picture of it in it's actual home, I love it!

You could make one, too .... I just know it! :-)
Totally simple.  And for less than $5.  (I already had the paint!)  
That's hard to beat, don't you think!?
Can't wait to get it all filled up with beautiful Christmas cards .... added six more just tonight! :-)

**If you haven't entered to win the Shabby Apple dress ..... you have three more days!

111 comments:

  1. What a great idea. I'll bet it looks really nice all filled up too. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Very cute! Love it and I have some of those same Christmas cards hanging on my card holder! love your blog Rebecca!
    Tirza

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  3. I am absolutely making this next year :) Pinned it. Great job.

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  4. Your card tree looks amazing! It's nice to have a great idea that's not your typical red-and-green Christmas decor :)

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  5. I love this!! I think this is my favorite card holding idea I've seen this year. I'm pinning it so I can make it for next year. Thanks!

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  6. This is GREAT! Now I gotta go cut some wood. :) Nice job!

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  7. Aww, super adorable.. I LOVE it.. So pretty and creative.. I would LOVE for you to Please stop in and share/link via my Pin Inspirational Party happening today : )) *SOO pin Worthy!!* THANK YOU.. Wishing you an amazing rest of the week.. ~ Marilyn<--newest HAPPY follower here. http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/12/hello-artsy-friends-stopping-in-today.html

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  8. What a GREAT idea!!! I would love for you to share it at my "10 Days til Christmas" Linky party...

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  9. I Love, love, love this idea. Right now I have my cards hanging from the garland at the top of my entertainment center with clothes pins. Thanks for sharing! ---sheryl---

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  10. Awesome tutorial for a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing - I am so going to make one of these
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    Lowri
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  11. Great creation and tutorial! It's always tricky figuring out what to do with all those Christmas cards and on top of that, trying to display them in a way that actually looks cute! You accomplished both beautifully!

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  12. That's cute! I'm always trying to figure out how to display our cards. Thanks for sharing

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are being featured today at Lady Behind The Curtain on Feature Friday! Please stop by and grab a "Feature Friday" button. Thanks for sharing your talent! ---Sheryl---
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  14. I love, love this! So adorable and love the blog name! I am your newest follower! :)

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  15. LOve, Love, Love this idea. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com today. Grab my "featured" button.

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  16. So cute! Love the colors you painted it!
    Thanks so much for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I have included this in today's features!

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  17. Don't you just LOVE Pinterest! Your card tree is sweetly cute! It's going in the PoPP Spotlight this weekend. Thanks for linking up.

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  18. ahhhhh LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.
    every year i say i'm gonna make something to hang my cards on ...this is to cute!!!

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  19. this is my FAVORITE christmas craft i've seen yet! i think i really am going to make this next year and i rarely craft, so that's a big deal!

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  20. I've been wanting to make a wooden tree. Haven't had any time. Anyways the thought for your wooden tree is great and yours turned out awesome.

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  21. Oh my gosh I absolutely love this! I'm pinning it so that hopefully I can make one for next year!

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  22. You've been featured!

    http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/2011/12/top-ten-features-from-12142011.html

    Thanks for linking to the Party.

    See you this Thursday,
    DaNita

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  23. Just pinned this!! :) Hope to make it next year!

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  24. I love it! I would love for you to share at my Shades of the Season party!

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  25. Visiting from Delightful Order. I LOVE this project. What a fantastic idea! Wish I would have seen it a couple of weeks ago though. Guess I'm going to have to save it for next year! New follower!

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  27. Very cute! Love it and I have some of those same Christmas cards hanging on my card holder! love your blog Rebecca!

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  28. Thank you for your awesome idea to hold cards! Love it! Just one question, how many cards will it hold?

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    1. Lynn,
      It will hold 33 cards if you only clip one card per clothespin ... but I just doubled up on some by the end of the season to fit all of ours! (We have a very large family!:)~

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  29. I love this idea! So cute & going to be my hand made gift this year. Do you know what the names of the colors were that you used by chance? I love the look of them and would love to attempt to match? I know you have a photo of them, but it is hard to read the labels- I saw that one was called Bay Leaf from a previous blog. If you could help, that would be fantastic. I just love this!

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  30. I love this idea. Just wondering what paint colors did you use?

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  31. Love it!! Must try this. Your tutorial is perfect and makes it seem pretty easy. Can't wait to do this one now.

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  32. Loved this so much my father recreated our own version today for this year! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  33. Wow, that was pretty cool and crafty. I like how those pieces of woods turned into this glam Christmas tree. Thanks for sharing ideas!

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  34. Oh, I wish I would have discovered this post and greeting card Christmas tree earlier! I am saving it for next year, though!

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