Christmas Card Wall Display
One of the best parts of the holiday season is getting Christmas cards in the mail from your friends and families. Each family has their own tradition of how they display their cards…sometimes on the refrigerator, on the mantel, or in a special container. Growing up we kept ours in a built in pocket in a multi-colored macramé Christmas Tree…straight from the 70’s. :) This year I decided to stick with my “gold” theme and create one using some brass tubing and brass ring.
What I also love about this DIY is that it can be used year round. Hang it up in your home and display cards, postcards, notes, drawings…the options are yours. :)
- Brass tubing (you’ll need 2 pieces at 15″ long, and 2 pieces at 18.5″ long)
- Mini tube cutter
- Ruler (or measuring tape)
- 18″ metal ring
- Krazy Glue No Run Gel
- Spool of black waxed cord (70 ft total)
- Brass curtain hooks
- Nail (to hang on the wall)
If you haven’t cut the brass tubing yet, use a mini tube cutter to cut your four pieces.
Arrange the cut tubes on the top of the brass ring evenly (from top to bottom.)
Add a little dot of glue on the ring, under each end of the tubes. Leaving an equal amount of overhang on each side. (NOTE: I tried a bunch of different glue types on this project before landing on the Krazy Glue No Run Gel. Make sure it’s a similar type of glue that is thicker. Regular Krazy Glue just runs off the sides of the ring. The glue doesn’t need to be super strong, just enough to hold it decently so when you tie the knots it just gives the rungs that extra stability.)
Cut 8 pieces of 8” long waxed cord.
These will be used to tied a transom knot to secure each end of the horizontal tubing to the ring. Follow the diagram from the link, to tie a knot on each end.
Bring the two ends around to the backside and tie a tight double knot.
Trim your loose ends to about 1/2″ long each.
Repeat the knot on each end until you have all the tubes tied on tight.
Leaving a 6″ tail, start at the bottom left rung by wrapping the waxed cord tight around the top 1/2″ tail. Continue wrapping tightly until you go ALL THE WAY around the ring and back to where you started.
This is when you put on a movie and just sit and watch…and wrap. It’ll take awhile.
Once you’ve wrapped the whole thing, tie off the cord in the back with a tight double knot.
Attach the curtain hooks to your cards (before hanging.)
Hang your display on the wall, and start to see the collection grow!
If you don’t have time to get crafty and make your own metal card display, here are a few examples of store bought ones that would be perfect card displays!