I always like to display the Christmas cards we receive each year. We’re a long way from home, so being able to get a glance at the greetings from our most loved friends and family adds an extra dose of warmth to our home during the holiday season.
I was initially going to use one of my dough bowls to stack them as they came in, but I decided to fill that with greens and ornaments instead, so I had to come up with another solution.
And I was pretty sure I wanted
Jordan to make something. 😉
I always like those wire card holders that hang on the wall and allow you to kind of casually stack and tuck cards into it. They’re typically simple in design and would fit in nicely with our vintage, rustic décor.
And that husband of mine just so happens to be a welder…
So last weekend I dug out an old piece of moulding I picked up earlier this year, handed Jordan a rough sketch of what I had in mind, then sent him out to the garage and told him to “make me proud”.
And OMG. Did he ever.
He turned a pretty vintage moulding (with a scalloped edge that is to die for) from this
That holds Christmas cards!
Does that not make the cutest little card holder, you’ve ever seen?
I know I’m a bit biased, but I am just in LOVE with it. As far as the moulding, we did nothing but clean it up – it came with the perfectly chippy white paint already intact and I wasn’t about to change a thing there.
For the rest, he used 3/16” round mild steel rod for the main branches of the snowflake, and then tack welded little spokes made from the same material, just in 1/8” diameter. He bent them back just a bit so that they “pinch” the card when it’s inserted and hold it into place. Then to give it a bit of a frosted look he took some white spray paint and lightly dusted each branch to give them just a speckling of white.
He then drilled holes around the moulding to insert each branch, secured with a little glue, and it was ready to hang.
I am going to love watching it get filled with cards as they arrive in the mail, but I think it could be used for so many other things too…
To keep favorite holiday recipes on display and within easy reach in the kitchen…
To showcase your most loved holiday photos and memories…
To keep holiday party invitations, memos, and to-do’s at a glance…
Or just hang it as-is, because it’s super cute all by itself, right?
I love everything he builds, but this is seriously one of my most favorite things he has created. We have even been toying around with the idea of collecting old moulding and trim pieces throughout the year to possibly make a few more to sell next year around holiday time.
Would you hang one of these in your home?
I need some input – let me hear it!
And if you’re not a fan, you can tell me that too – just try to be nice about it. 😉