Sunday, November 15, 2009

Unique Christmas Card Holder

Two years ago at Christmas time I saw a special on HGTV using an old shutter as a Christmas card holder. We are blessed to have a large extended family and lots of friends that send us Christmas cards. I've always placed them in a decorated metal bucket, but you can't really see them. The idea of a shutter appealed to me.
When I saw this 6' tall one at a junk sale for $10 I bought it knowing just what I would do. It wasn't in very good shape. My husband and I spent a good hour peeling layers of old paint. The green paint was thick and the white paint was dry, cracked and peeling.

After all those layers were removed, we sanded the shutter and were left with a sturdy wood shutter ready for some fun!

Since I will be using this for Christmas cards, I opted for a leafy green color with a little glitter. I fell in love with the glitter spray paint. I could glitter everything!
It took three coats and all of 10 minutes to fully cover the shutter.


Then, I decided to honor the age of the shutter and sanded the paint off the corners and some of the edges. It suits my style to have a little worn look.
While it dried, I got to work on the clothespins. Folded cards can slide into the shutter slots easily, but we also receive flat cards, so those needed a way to play.
I used my noggin and attached the clothespins to a small box so that I could spray paint them from all angles quickly.
For contrast, I made them red.
And then my friends it was time to add glitter in the most spectacular way! I sprayed it all over. My garage will sparkle for years to come!

I don't have any 2009 cards yet, so here is an example using my stationary. I plan to stand this up in my entry way and fill it with cards as they come in.

I am also considering what embellishments to add. I fear adding too much when there will be 100 cards on here in no time. But, I do think some ribbon or modge podge of Christmas images would look great. What do you think?

16 comments:

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

First time visiting your blog. What an absolute cute idea!!Love how it came out!! Maybe later on you can post it with all your Xmas cards!! Hugs!

Its So Very Cheri said...

It's my first time to visit. I will follow you. I hope you will come post to my Monday party Its So Very Creative

Cheri

The Persimmon Perch said...

I love it! What a great idea. The glitter makes it shine for sure. Thanks for posting at Made it Monday! Jules

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

This is a very cute & super practical idea - LOVE IT!

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Delightful Dwelling said...

What a cute idea! I love the green paint and the glitter, it looks so festive!

jmberrygirl said...

Another first-timer. Great idea! I love Christmas cards, too. Can't wait until people start sending them to our house! It's our first Christmas as newlyweds!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

I like it as is - it looks great w/o any extras.

Mimi said...

What a cute idea for rehabbing old shutters.

Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner! said...

Fantastic idea!!! You will enjoy this for years to come!
Mama Holli

JJ said...

oh my goodness! what a great idea! i love it:) will definitely be stealing this one. thanks:)

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

I love it! I think it's perfect just they way it is. I'm sure you will enjoy using this for many years.

Laura Horne said...

I love this idea. I am always looking for a good way to display Christmas cards without seeming cheesy, and I think this is it. Now, to find a cheap shutter...

Tiffany said...

Oh, I think it is beautiful as is. The cards will add so much to it! What a fantastic idea! I love this. I need to find me an old shutter...

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Great project!

Little Birdie Secrets said...

This is darling! I really need to go out and make one now.

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