IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR again. When the mailbox is overflowing with holiday cheer in the form of sickeningly cute photos of your friend’s children and grandchildren. But what to do with all of the post that’s delivered in the month of December? If you’re like me, you’ll want to make all of those lovely cards part of your holiday decor. This year, as an alternative to hanging all the cards on our fridge, I decided to display them with a little more style.
In addition to these supplies, you’ll also need a paint brush, box cutter, scissors, sand paper, staple gun, hot glue gun, and a hammer. I started this project with an old window frame that was left in the basement of our first place. There’s nothing like old junk to get the creating juices flowing! Using a box cutter, I carefully removed the old screen from the frame. After the screen was removed, I moved on to the painting.
I knew I wanted to give the frame a beachy, weathered look, so I painted a coat of blue paint over the white paint that was already on the frame. The paint I used was from an old sample can left over from when we were selecting a color for our living room. I always save the sample-sized paints because they come in handy for quick little projects like this. After the paint dried, I sanded the edges of the window frame to expose the white paint underneath.
While my paint was drying, I spread the mini clothespins out on a piece of cardboard and coated them with a very thin coat of red spray paint that I had left over from a previous project. I let the first side dry completely (which only takes a few minutes), before flipping them over and spraying the other side. You don’t have to do this step, but I think coating the clothespins with some color adds a nice touch.
Next, I cut my fabric to size and, using a staple gun, stapled the fabric down one side of the frame. After stapling one side, I stretched the fabric across the frame until it was taught and stapled the other side. I also put a few staples in the top and bottom to keep the fabric secure. My next step was to attach the picture hooks to the back of the frame. Measuring carefully to make sure the hooks were level, I hammered two picture hooks into the back/top portion of the window frame. After the picture hooks were in place, I flipped the frame over and glued the knobs to the front using a hot glue gun. The knobs I used were from an old wooden dresser that I previously gave a quick facelift by swapping out the hardware. I let the hot glue set before stringing my jute twine across the frame.
I actually started this project when we lived at our old house. It was originally intended to display photos and other keepsakes from our wedding. Since we moved and haven’t hung up most of our artwork, I decided that an easy way to incorporate this old project into our new home would be to use it to display our Christmas cards.
Afer the holidays, I think I will swap out the Christmas cards with the photos and other wedding keepsakes that I displayed before we moved. A big reason why this project is so great is that it doesn’t have to be packed away with the rest of your Christmas decorations! Here’s a shot of one of the frames from before it was put on Christmas duty:
Photo via: Adrienne DeRosa
Do you have a special way of displaying your Christmas cards at home? If not, will you try something like this simple window frame project?
I hope everyone is spending the weekend celebrating this joyous season with their friends and family. Merry Christmas everyone!