DIY Christmas Card Holder

Christmas Card Holder11When 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:

You need:

  • 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
  • Pencil
  • 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:

  1. Paint your canvas with whatever background color you choose. I chose a bright Christmas red. Let dry.
  2. Paint big polka dots all over your canvas. Don’t worry about them being perfect. Slightly asymmetrical or messy dots are cute! Let dry.christmas card holder5chirstmas card holder3Christmas Card holder6
  3. 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.
  4. 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.Christmas Card Holder
  5. 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.Christmas card holder1Christmas card holder2Christmas Card Holder8
  6. 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. Christmas Card Holder7
  7. 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!   Christmas Card Holder 9 Merry Merry Christmas!

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DIY Watercolor Calendar

watercolor sidewaysI love a good planner. When I was a student, I loved getting all of my syllabi at the beginning of the year to fill up my moleskine planner with assignments and events. Recently, I’ve been trying to keep up with the times and be hip with it by keeping all of our happenings in my iCal (I do realize I sound like I’m 25 going on 65-it’s fine). I’ve found I miss a tangible calendar. I wanted to be able to just look up at the fridge and see what we had going on over the next month. I didn’t want a normal black and white fridge calendar-it had to be pretty, duh. Watercolors are so pretty and I loved the way this project turned out. This calendar was seriously so easy, cheap, and took me all of 20 minutes (including drying time).

Here’s what you need:WCsupplies

  • 1 tube of watercolor-$3.99 (I used 2 to get an ombre effect, but you really can’t tell the difference between the colors I chose)
  • 1 18×24 piece of watercolor or multi-media paper (this was the closest to 16×20 I could find because I did not want to buy a whole watercolor pad)-$2.49
  • 1 cheap 16×20 plastic black frame-$4.99
  • 1 kitchen sponge-you most likely already have this on hand, I did! If not, around $1.73
  • 8 Magnets-I had these on hand, but if not, around 0.90 cents
  • Dry erase markers-most likely you already have these, if not, $3.94
  • Superglue-surely you already have this magic stuff! If not, $1.97
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Inky pen
  • TOTAL COST: $11.47!*

*If you did not have everything on hand, this DIY could cost up to $20ish

What to do

  1. Get your ruler out, and measure 16X20 on your watercolor paper and mark with a pencil and cut with your scissors. Cut your sponge into a 2×2 square.
  2. Make rough estimates with your ruler and pencil of where you want your monthly title, rows, and columns for your day squares. I used about 1.5 inches for my rows (including title row) and 2.5 inches for my columns-but just kinda eyeballed it while I sponging on my squares.
  3. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of your watercolor onto a paper plate. Add water, a little bit at a time, and mix until your watercolor is the consistency/color that you want it to be (I used a straw to mix because I didn’t have a paint brush-hey it worked). I probably used about a teaspoon of water. You can always add more, but remember a little goes a long way!WCmix
  4. Now dip your sponge in the watercolor and start sponging. You need 35 squares total (5 rows of 7). Tip: I would dip your sponge into the watercolor every 5 or 6 squares to reload on paint.WCsponge
  5. Let dry, I think mine was dry within 5 minutes or so. Use an inky or felt tip pen to write “Month” and the days of the week. I used this one.WCblank watercolor
  6. Place in your frame. Superglue magnets on back. I used 4 across top, 2 in middle and 2 at bottom (disregard my little magnet at top-I had a blonde moment and didn’t realize it wouldn’t touch the fridge with its magnetic powers due to it’s size compared to the other magnets-it’s fine).WCmagnets
  7. Write all your exciting upcoming events on your new pretty calendar and stick it on the fridge for your daily viewing pleasure.WCcalendarWCcalendar1I loved this DIY! It adds such a pretty background to our daily schedule. I was inspired by this mom who made giant watercolor calendars as a fun activity with her kids. It was so hard for me to pick a color! I may just make another one soon so I can use a new fun color. Happy Thursday!

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