This Christmas tree card holder stores flat each year and is a beautiful rustic wall decor piece and great way to display your Christmas cards throughout the holiday season!
The Best Way To Display All Your Christmas Cards
The epitome of “functional wall decor”
I wish I could take credit for this awesome Christmas tree card holder idea, but alas… I cannot. So props for Litte Lucy Lu and this great inspirational tutorial. It was just really great, and I made the Christmas tree card holder last year and just love it, so I had to share it with everyone. Hope you enjoy making it, and using it, as much as I do.
1inch x 2 inch boards cut to widths of:
- 3 1/2 feet
- 3 feet,
- 2 1/2 feet
- 2 feet
- 1 1/2 feet
- 1 foot
- 1/2 foot (6 inches)
1, 1 x 1inch board approximately 6 feet long (or however tall you want your tree to be. This can vary. I winged this a bit and made some of my tree rows taller and some shorter to accommodate taller cards and shorter cards.
Card attaching mechanism
- You can use the small clothespins if you can find them. Large ones will work as well.
- Binder clips will work too (large or small)
- I think that those clips that hang curtains would work well too
- Even paper clips would work
- The point is… use what you have… use your imagination to attach your cards!
Paint or Stain
I used some sample paints I had laying around to achieve a really fun look for my tree.You can check out my chalk paint tutorial to get the weathered look that I have achieved. But you can go traditional here and paint your tree green, or green and red. Or even go really fun with gold and silver. Why not try stain for a really rustic Christmas tree card holder?
It might be fun to gradually get darker or lighter with your paint or stain as your boards get longer. That way your tree would be light at the top and darker as the boards get longer or visa versa. The sky is the limit!
How to assemble your Christmas Tree Card Holder
Cut your Boards
Cut your boards to the lengths explained above using a chop saw or circular saw.
Paint the Boards
Once your boards are cut, you can now paint or stain everything. Think about your colors in advance and take your time! Give it some time to dry.
Screw your boards together
Predrill a hole into your 1×1 board and the center of the 2×1 piece to attach them together. Space them out evenly or leave enough room in between the rows to let your Christmas and holiday cards hang without touching the row below it. Make sure you screw them in with the smallest board at the very top, and progressively go larger to get the “tree effect”.
As I was screwing the boards into place I put a dab of wood glue underneath to make sure I had a secure connection to keep the board from wiggling around (since there’s only one screw holding it on).
Attach your clips
Once your boards are screwed together you can now attach your clips. You can use hot glue to attach the paper clips or binder clips to the 2×1 boards. Make sure that you leave enough space in between the clips to fit your cards next to one another. Use some cards you already have to measure your space. I staggered my clips from row to row to accommade any overlaps.
Secure the Christmas tree card holder to the wall
You’re pretty much done! All you need to do now is attach it to the wall! I chose to have my Christmas tree card holder almost touch the floor in my kitchen. I attached it using command strips on the 1×1 tree “trunk” so that it was easy to remove after the holiday season.
And that’s it! A fun and easy project and a great way to showcase my Christmas cards as I get them in the mail from family and friends. I’d love to see your version of the Christmas tree card holder so feel free to post them in the comment section! Thanks for reading!
This is a really easy project that you can even get the kids involved with. All you need is a couple pieces of wood, some leftover paint, and clothespins and you’re well on your way to have a custom Christmas tree card holder for your own home. The best part is that it’s collapsible and so easy to store away for the year!
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