When I went to this craft/holiday gift show in Tupelo a few weeks ago, I spotted the cutest Christmas card holders. The only problem was, they were 50ish dollars. I’m not crafty-mcgee over here or anything, but I thought that I could duplicate them on my own for way cheaper. I was very pleased with the final product!
Here’s what you do to make one to hold your own Christmas cheer:
- One canvas, piece of wood, or whatever other medium you can dream up. I found this burlap canvas at Hobby Lobby for $11.99.
- Acrylic paint. If you don’t already have some, get some red, green, white, or even gold if you’re feeling fancy. This was about $5.00 for me.
- Burlap ribbon. I got mine for around 3.99 (after 50% off) for a big spool of it.
- Hot glue gun
- Paint brushes
- Clothespins. .99 cents of Fred’s.
- Total cost: $21.97 (this could be even cheaper if you already have paint, or if you use an old piece of wood from the shed or something).
What to do:
- Paint your canvas with whatever background color you choose. I chose a bright Christmas red. Let dry.
- Paint big polka dots all over your canvas. Don’t worry about them being perfect. Slightly asymmetrical or messy dots are cute! Let dry.
- Write lightly with your pencil whatever saying you want to use. You can skip this step if you’re confident in your handwriting skills. I just don’t have the prettiest handwriting, so I felt more comfortable having a sketch to follow. Some other ideas for saying are Joy to the World, Peace on Earth, Santa Mail, Ho! Ho! Ho!, you get the picture.
- Paint over your pencil with your green paint. Note: I originally tried to use gold, but it did not show up well, so I switched to green. Let dry.
- Flip over your canvas. Cut your burlap ribbon into 3 long strands, about 32 inches long. Hot glue the strands across the bottom of the back of the canvas. Next, cut about a 24 inch long strand. Position the strand in a loop, or upside down “u” towards the top. Hot glue ribbon down. Let dry.
- Use some more burlap to create a big bow. Tie your bow on the top of your previously glued down loop. Make sure that the bow will sit on the top of the canvas so it can be seen.
- Clip your clothes pins on the ribbon and hang from the wall. Pin all of your family and friend’s cards up to enjoy throughout the season! Merry Merry Christmas!