Sunday, December 2, 2012

2x4 Holiday 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:


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

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

  3. 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!)

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

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

  6. 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!


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

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

  9. 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!

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