Sunday, December 2, 2012

"C" is for Card Holder

Build: 2x4 card holder

The easiest Christmas card holder to build ever.
Use a 2x4 wood board and your circular saw, make two beveled cuts, add a little stain and you have the most perfect Christmas card holder:

A majority of the Christmas cards we receive arrive as flat cards on heavy cardstock and my kids LOVE to go through the cards and checkout all the pictures.

With this card holder we can easily prop up all the cards for the kids to see.
(It's early in December so I'm using our Christmas cards as stand ins, of course all the cards will be different and we can put them closer together to fit more on the board.)

See how the cards sit down in the beveled cuts:

A typical circular saw blade is 1/8" thick which makes a perfect fit for cardstock.

Below you can see the two beveled cuts from the side angle:
(My cuts are about 1" deep, you probably want a 3/4" deep cut or less.)

Here's how to make the 2 x 4 card holder:

1. Cut your 2x4 to length.

2. Set your circular for a 15 degree bevel and about 3/4" deep:
(You don't want the cut too deep or you won't see the bottom portion of the card.)

3. Mark your rows on the 2x4:

4. Clamp your board and follow the guideline to make your first cut:

5. Repeat for another row.

6. Stain, I used Minwax Provincial:

Ready for all your Christmas cards:

I'm linking up to:

Christmas Crafts @ Shanty 2 Chic
Christmas Craft Party @ Nesting Place
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now



Waseem said...

so cute card the color and the design..i wish to design Gift Card envelopes that look like that.

Finding Home said...

Love this - and love that it has too channels. Take care, Laura

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

How clever!! I love this. :)

Chaney said...

Oh my goodness I love this! I wish I had space for this in our tiny apartment, but I'll have to save the idea for when we're living in more than 684 square feet. (P.S. I came over from the Nester's linky party!)

Kelly said...

This is so simple and smart! ....and a great way to decorate a mantle on the cheap.

Emily said...

Thanks for sharing. This is a great idea! Pinning to my pinterest board :)

Loulou said...

This is such a great idea! It's so nice to be able to look at the lovely cards one receives, rather than piling them somewhere!


Suzanne said...

This is simply divine!

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

How clever is this! It looks too wonderful on your mantle!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

what a simple yet stylish idea!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

sucha great idea and after the holidays you can even use for photos!

Gwen @ The Bold Abode said...

That is a stinkin' awesome idea! I might have some scrap wood out in the garage to make one right now! I usually hang them on twine, but I'm tired of that this year... haven't even hung it up!

Thanks for sharing!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Great idea! I would love you to come join my Pin Me Linky Party that starts Friday morning at 8am CST.