DIY christmas card holder {from katydid & kid}

by @according2kelly on September 18, 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 fabulous, always-crafty kathleen, of katydid and kid. kathleen writes…

Greetings everyone! I’m Kathleen from Katydid and Kid, a former art teacher turned mama of 2 boys. I’m so flattered to be participating in the Holiday Bake, Craft and Sew Along. I hope you like this easy-to-make craft and that it brings some cheer and organization to your home. I can’t wait to pull mine out again this year, and make another one to accommodate the growing number of holiday cards we seem to get.

Every December, I curse the fact that we don’t have a mantle.  I’d love to display so many things on it, from photos and items from nature to Christmas cards.  I’ve spent the last few years trying to figure out some place to display holiday cards, and was just plain worn out of them scattered all over the fridge.

While flipping through the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine, I saw a cute card holder wreath made of clothespins and an embroidery hoop–2 things which I always have on hand.  I decided to fancy-up their version and make a cute and functional wreath for the many cards that fill our mailbox this holiday.

This wreath costs under 10 bucks, depending on what you have on hand.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Holiday paper (scrapbooking or gift wrap)
  • 12-16 clothespins
  • 14″ embroidery hoop (or larger)
  • scissors 
  • glue stick
  • hot glue gun
  • wide ribbon for hanging.

STEP ONE
Cut the paper to fit on top of the clothes pins, then put glue it to the clothes pin.

I used a 4 different colors, including blue. I tend to like bright colors rather than just the traditional green and red.

 The fastest gluer in the world hard at work
STEP TWO 
Once you’ve glued the paper onto the pins, arrange them how you’d like in a circle around your hoop.

You want to alternate them so that half of them have the pinching part (for lack of a better term) toward the center, and half are on the outside.  This will give you more space for your cards, so they’re not all crowded together.

You may want to add your ribbon at this point, before gluing.  I snuck mine between the hoops and then tightened it back up.

I also used it to hide the metal tightener of the hoop.
 

STEP THREE
Hot glue the clothespins to the hoop.

You just need a little bit, otherwise you’ll have glue dripping all over.

That’s it!  Now just hang it and wait for all those cards to fill up your mailbox.

Cute, huh?  And it took less than an hour to make.

 

I added a few little felt ornaments I picked up at the craft store for $1.  You could certainly dress this up more, like adding a candy can ribbon effect by twisting a red ribbon around the hoop before hot gluing.  However, I like the simplicity of this wreath without too much stuff on it.

 
I’m awfully tempted to make 2 more and hang them in a vertical row.  We’ll see how many cards we get this year–we just might need the extra room!

 

for more great ideas be sure to visit kathleen at her blog katydid and kid. & be sure to connect with them on twitter & facebook.

about the letter 4: Prior to motherhood, she worked as an art teacher, museum educator, and fiber artist and could be found lurking in bookstores and sleeping in late. She still enjoys incorporating creativity into her life in any way that she can, whether it’s improvising a cloth diaper, knitting hats for her family, or cooking a scrumptious vegetarian meal.


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.

7 comments
ujwala
ujwala

Very creative Idea. .Its very easy as well. .

mom taxi julie
mom taxi julie

Simple yet so cute!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

love it! it's SO fun & easy.

Daniels
Daniels

Have 2x Santa Hat and 1x Sweater to trade, need those Reindeer Antlers (but also a dress, carrot, and inlvsibie trophy, but mostly the antlers, of course)Anyone up for a trade? Please?

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