Monday, November 15, 2010

Pottery Barn Card Holder, DIY

I fell madly in love with the idea of this card holder from Pottery Barn, but as usual, I didn't fall in love with the $199.00 + shipping and handling price tag.  Pottery Barn, why must you torture me like this?  Don't you know I'm on a budget?   I could have also titled this post, "Sneaking Christmas decor into your home before Thanksgiving, and blending it in nicely," but that would have been really long.
I decided to take matters into my own hands and create this lovely Christmas card/kid artwork/memory board/holder all on my own.  I knew I could use it for hanging my Christmas Cards on, and then later, as a great place to display my hoodlum's artwork. ( I am always looking for a great place to put the piles and piles of artwork around here.)  I went to my local Re Store and found this pack of trim board for a total of $3.00.  I loved it because it was painted a misty shade of blue that has been creeping into my home since last year.  And I knew if I used these boards, I could simply glue them together and I wouldn't have to paint!  (Wild cheering from LMM) When I got home, I begged my man to saw them at 45 degree angles so I could make a frame out of them.  Bless his heart, he didn't even question it.  Did you know hot glue is one of the strongest glues known to man? Yep. It is! It worked perfectly for these pieces. 
I found some packages of picture hanging wire at Michaels.  I didn't save my receipt, but I don't think I spent more than $5.00 total, for two packages.  I'm sure you could use whatever type of wire you wanted, but I wanted something thick and flexible.  I used my wire cutters and staple gun to adhere the wire to the back of the frame, after I'd measured equal sections. 
 Also at Michael's, I found these small clothespins. I was going to spray paint them, but I changed my mind and decided to leave them as they were. (At least for now.)
Once complete, I placed it on my console table, next to a Turkey Platter that used to belong to my Mama, and before her, to my Grammie.  My Mama still remembers buying, as a gift for Grammie when she was just a little girl, and jokes that my Grammie didn't ever seem to like it all that much.  So my Mama ended up with it years ago, and I have loved this platter all my life.  It means Thanksgiving to me!  My Mama passed it on to me a few years ago.  It's crackled and aged now, so we don't use it for food service, but I love to display it this time of year. 
 I can't wait to hang Christmas cards on this!  I didn't even have to distress it.  It was already perfectly scratched and beat up!  (And I didn't paint it white!!! Ha!)
How about your Christmas cards... what do you do with them?  Do you save them each year?  We do!  We have a big photo album we put the photo cards into each year.  We love looking at it every Christmas.  Okay, I'll quit talking about Christmas and get back to Thanksgiving.... (giggle)

Do you have something special like my Turkey platter that you display during the holidays?


  1. I love it!!!! I didn't think it was going to be so large. I was pleasantly surprised. :) I want to make one now.

  2. You are so clever. I love that you find ways around that expensive price tag. I also didn't expect it to be so large but it works great in the space you have it.

  3. I have making one of these on my to do list! I was going to make a smaller one to hang jewelry from. I love the idea of having a big one for hanging art, etc. from. It looks great!

  4. Perfect! You showed that Pottery Barn!!:)

  5. Awe, I love it! I totally wanna make one now! ;)

  6. What a beautiful and saving money idea! Love it!

  7. great job. love the color

    barbara jean

  8. i love it girlie!
    love the size & the chippiness.
    love the color
    love turkey handprints..i still get my girl's out too.
    love the turkey platter

    you are awesome,oh one with fabulous short sassy hairdo!

  9. Thank you for posting this...I love it! I'm going to make one for the big expanse of wall in our playroom. We need a place to hang kid's art. Love that trim too! I hang my Christmas pics in two places...on the old innards of a piano hanging on a wall as a photo board (pic on blog home page), and an old shutter. I attach some velvet ribbon to the back, hang it over the top, and tape the pics to it. Makes me happy!

  10. What a great idea--Pottery Barn has nothing on you!

    I love that you display the platter every year. To have childhood treasures makes my heart smile!

  11. LOVE it.


    we save our cards and display them each year...think I'm gonna copy you on this one!

    We also keep them all year long in a look at!

  12. I LOVE IT! We are so funny. It's kind of weird sometimes isn't it! We keep our cards in a your idea better:)

  13. Too CUTE! I think I might be able to swing this even though I am not crafty!

    I have my Grandma's cake cover. It has a beautiful shape and the glass is so pretty. I fill it with vintage christmas balls and use it as a centerpiece on my dining room table all of December.

  14. Seriously, you are one of the most creative people on the planet. I saw that exact same thing at pottery barn and loved it - and after shipping, ect realized - so out of my budget! Your kitchen looks amazing!! I just wish I was as clever as you :)

  15. What a precious item that platter is to you. Unfortunately, I don't really have anything that has been passed down through the ages. I am loving your card holder project. PB kills me sometimes with their prices. YOurs looks great.

  16. Wow, why can't I ever find anything that great. I really like the idea of having an object to display my xmas cards on. Good idea and thanks for sharing.


  17. I love that you made a BIG card holder.

    I have a haircut appointment on Monday. Please show us your new haircut soon! : )

  18. Okay so I made a card holder out of a thrift store find... a frame at .99 and the rest of the supplies made it less than 5.00! My only wish was that it was bigger but I was looking for a frame already put together. And I also made a sign like the family motto sign you made. Again mine is smaller and it says "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord"! I will have to post a pic or e-mail you my finished handiwork ;) Thanks for all the inspiration Mama!

  19. Adorable! I have an old frame I bought at a tag sale. I think I am going to make one for Christmas.

    Love your blog, BTW.