Chicken Wire Christmas Card Holder

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Every year, when the holidays roll around, I begin my hunt for a better way to display all the beautiful Christmas cards I receive other than my usual method of Scotch taping them to the door of my coat closet. Because my quest is always unsuccessful, I’ve been living in a perpetual Christmas card holder search cycle for about 12 years now. On the scale of problems to have, it doesn’t even register, I know, but it’s frustrating nonetheless. So being the do-it-yourself type, I finally decided to take matters into my own hands to put an end to my ongoing search. Spotting an old picture frame in great condition at a local thrift shop was just the inspiration I needed to get me going on this cool card holder.

Though the multi-step process of turning an old frame into a functional Christmas card holder is somewhat time consuming, it’s really a simple project that’ll pay you back exponentially with amazing results. Find an old frame and use a few inexpensive supplies to create your custom Christmas card holder, and then keep it up even after the holidays to display pictures, promote good grades, or show off your kid’s artwork.

What you’ll need

For the Christmas card holder:

  • Picture frame
  • Damp rags
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood filler
  • Sawhorses
  • Spray primer
  • Latex paint
  • Water-based polyurethane
  • Paintbrush
  • Steel wool
  • Tape measure
  • Chicken wire netting – available at home improvement stores
  • Wire snips
  • Staple gun
  • Mini-clothespins

For the background (optional):

  • Velcro
  • Hot glue gun
  • Seasonal fabric
  • Scissors

Clean and prep the frame. Remove the picture and glass from the frame before using a damp rag to wipe away any dirt, dust or grime from the frame’s surface. Gently sand any rough or noticeably uneven spots with 150-grit sandpaper. For deep gouges or scratches, use your finger to smooth wood filler on the blemishes, waiting for the filler to dry completely before reapplying, if needed. Sand the spot until it’s even with the frame surface. Wipe all traces of sanding residue from the frame with a damp rag.

Prime and paint. Set the frame on top of your sawhorses or worktable in an open area with good ventilation. Spray one coat of primer on the frame using long, even strokes. Make sure not to over-spray the frame with primer and smooth out any drips that may occur before they have a chance to dry.

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After the primer is dry, use a paintbrush to apply one coat of paint. Brush on a second coat once the first has dried thoroughly. After 24 hours, apply a water-based polyurethane clear coat to seal the frame and help protect the paint from chipping or scratching.
For a rustic effect or to highlight detail on your frame, like the frame pictured, sand the frame with steel wool until some of the primer shows through before applying your clear coat.

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Attach the chicken wire. Unroll the chicken wire netting and use wire snips to cut it to the approximate shape of your frame, leaving plenty of excess. Lay the frame face down and place the wire netting inside. Starting at one end of the frame, use a staple gun to staple the wire and secure it to the frame. Work your way across one end before moving to the sides of the frame. Continue to staple the netting, working on one side for a few staples, and then moving to the opposite side for a few staples, keeping the netting pulled taut, until you reach the bottom of the frame. Secure the netting to the bottom side of the frame. Snip off the excess netting and bend the extra wire down onto the frame.

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Add a custom backdrop. Cut strips of Velcro and attach them at multiple places to the back of the frame with hot glue. Cut a piece of fabric so that it measures the dimensions of frame where the Velcro is located. Glue Velcro pieces to the fabric so they line up with the Velcro on the frame. Attach the fabric to the frame to emphasize the holiday or as a decorative accent.

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Hang the cards. Clip the Christmas cards you receive this holiday season to the chicken wire using mini-clothespins.

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MaryMary Evett is best known for being a stay-at-home mom of 3 athletic boys and turning thrift shop finds into fashionable DIY projects. She has a degree in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and spent time in the real world working in advertising and marketing, but she found her niche after becoming a mom and refinishing her first piece of furniture. She writes about her testosterone-driven life on her personal blog JustMomMatters, and is a regular contributor to ModernMom, the Bump, eHow, Examiner, GlobalPost, and SFGate. When she’s not playing the referee or writing, you’ll find her in her garage sanding, painting, cutting, or gluing something together.

Blog: www.justmommatters.wordpress.com
Twitter: @justmommatters

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Comments

  1. What a neat idea and easy to make, I like it!