Last year I saw this great idea on Emily's blog to hold all those great Christmas photos/cards that come in December. I decided to make it for myself this year.
I put it up last week and decorated it with Thanskgiving photos from years past and upcoming party invitations. Now though, it's ready for Christmas cards!
I usually use a Christmas basket to hold all of our cards, but then you can't see them. I've tried other card holders but they never seemed to work well and the cards end up on the floor. I like the idea of being able to switch them up and having something a little different.
I followed Emily's directions. I bought two long metal (not aluminum) strips at Lowe's for $4 each. The first set I covered with Mod Podge and scrapbook paper. I made a mess of it because the Mod Podge stuck to the newspaper underneath. I had a mess on my hands but I'm sure it would have been cute like Emily's if I had used wax paper underneath instead of newspaper.
So I ripped it all off and went with paint - so fast - and free because I had it on hand.
I then adhered the metal bars to the wall with 3M adhesives that will come off when I take down the card holders after the holidays.
David wasn't sure they'd hold the metal strips up, but Emily assured me they would and they did! I used 4, and while you can see them in my photos, they'll soon be covered up by Christmas cards.
I went with plain white magnets (you don't need strong magnets for this project) to complement the green and red card holders.
And voila! I think it's going to work great!