The Christmas countdown has begun! And despite the slow demise of the post office, one lovely piece of post remains for those of us who look forward to getting snail mail. Thats right, Christmas cards are beginning to flood through the country, bringing a tiny piece of joy to each person who receives one. Don’t you wish you could hold onto that “aww” moment of sorting through ads and bills, when all the sudden a lovely hand-addressed envelope catches your eye?
Make the Christmas spirit last as long as possible by creating an equally lovely Christmas card holder. I seriously think that walking by this holder when starting the morning will help us all to reflect a little less on the materialism that is so apparent during this season, and a little more on the love reflected by the people around us.
So lets get crafting!
Level of difficulty: Easy
The first thing you want to do is poke holes in your foam board for the ribbon ties. Make sure they are even and not too close to edges, to prevent tears. Lace your ribbons through and be sure to make them long enough… don’t forget to consider the length it will take to tie bows at the top if you wish to do so.
Next lay out the batting on top of your board; I used two layers for a little extra fluff. Leave a couple inches over the edges. Flip the board over, pull the batting back over the edge, and staple the batting every four inches or so. Pull it tight as you go.
Do the same thing with your fabric. I used felt because I had it left over from another project, but it turned out to be great for this as it is not too slick and is more likely keep your cards from falling off. Staple, staple, staple, pull tight, staple, staple, staple.
Cut your ribbon to the appropriate lengths to make a criss cross pattern. Its best if you can get someone to hold the board, or prop it against something while you do this so that you can see the angles you are tilting the ribbon at. You can use tape to put it in place while you are adjusting, then staple, or you can just use duct tape as a permanent adhesive. I weaved my ribbons over and under… mostly just for looks.
Make a big fat bow, or throw on some other decoration to make your board look like a beautiful present. Heres an easy tutorial on making a bow:
Finally Tie up your ends to the appropriate length and loop them onto some over the door hooks, or those fabulous easy release sticky hooks.