christmas card keeper {from the southern institute}

by @according2kelly on September 24, 2011

for the entire month of september will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season…

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season all month long. yep! yep! 30 days of projects. so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the charming jenny, of the southern institute. jenny writes…

Hi everyone!  I’m so excited to be a part of this holiday series!  I don’t know about you, but the holidays tend to sneak up on me.  It’s not that I don’t know that they’re coming, it’s just that the fall seems to fly past me in a blink!  Suddenly it’s a week before Christmas and I haven’t made half as much as I planned to make.  I love a handmade Christmas, but it takes planning ahead and starting early… at least for me.  That’s why I love that the gals have started this series now.  Plenty of fresh ideas in plenty of time!  

The holidays bring cards… lots and lots of cards.  In the past we have hung Christmas cards around our hallway doorframe, but it always looks just a bit messy, or uneven, or the tape doesn’t hold up the cards.  This year I’m doing something different.  I’m keeping my holiday cards in a Christmas Card Keeper where they are all in one place, but I can still flip through them whenever I want.  Here’s what I did.

A little while back I did a tutorial at The Southern Institute on decorating letters with Mod Podge and fabric scraps…Mod Podge Letters.  I took this concept a few steps further to make my Christmas Card Keeper.  I covered three letters with leftover scraps of Christmas fabric, then I found a green basket at Michael’s (40% off with the coupon, of course).  The letters came from Paper Source, one of my favorite stores.  You can find them at Joann Fabrics or Michael’s too, but not in this fun font.

I applied a generous amount of glue to the back of the letters with my hot glue gun.

Then I stuck those letters on the basket.

Add Christmas cards and you’re done!

Thanks for having me, Kelly!  Happy holidays and happy crafting, everyone!

for more great ideas be sure to visit jenny at her blog the southern institute, & follow her every move on twitter, facebook, & pinterest.


about jenny: Jenny is a wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend.  She’s a northern girl transplanted in the south. The Southern Institute is a craft blog, a sewing blog, a food blog, a family blog, a place of inspiration for her, and hopefully for you too.  It’s a place for her to write about the projects that she’s working on and share them with you, but it’s also a creative community where everyone has the opportunity to share what they have been working on.


baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.


Great idea and doesn't cost a lot to make either! I think I'll do one of these for Christmas!

Cindy H.
Cindy H.

This is a great idea. I'm one of those that tape them all over the door until I run out of room - then I don't know what to do. I'm going to have to try this! Or at least try the Mod Podge - that looked like lots of fun!

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