you make it – christmas card board

If you’re anything like me than you love displaying the holiday cards you receive from family and friends around your home at Christmas time. For years, I have precariously balanced the cards along our mantelpiece or on our sideboard but found myself constantly having to prop them up and pick them up off of the floor when anyone walked by.  This year I decided to do away with that frustration and make an easy DIY Christmas card board.

Materials you’ll need:

        • 1/2″ thick corkboard or fibreboard cut to your desired size (available at hardware stores)
        • Fabric that measures approximately 2-3 inches extra than the overall size of your board
        • Staple gun
        • Paint and foam brushes
        • Ribbon
        • ScotchBlue tape 
        • Thumbtacks



How you make it:


  • Lay your fabric on a table the wrong side up. Place your corkboard on top and using a staple gun secure the fabric in place. (Note: staple opposite sides first pulling the fabric taut as you go.)
  • Using different widths of  ScotchBlue tape  make stripes the length of the board leaving some of the fabric bare.



  • Paint the bare stripes of the fabric with alternating colors of paint.
  • Remove the ScotchBlue tape while the paint is semi-dry.
  • Next stretch ribbon over the length of the board in the places where there is no paint. Hold the ribbon in place with thumbtacks along the edges of the board.
  • Turn board over. Staple ribbon ends to the back of the board trimming any excess.



Christmas cards and other holiday mementos can be placed between the strips of ribbon or thumb tacked to the board directly. Placed in a front hall or on an unused wall it can become command central for all your festive wrapping and Christmas card writing needs. I’ve even put a basket of ribbon and all my paper and gift tags within reach so the whole family knows where to find these things. After the festive season, the board could be used for grocery lists, calendars, and mail.


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  1. Posted December 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM | Permalink

    Great idea! I have ours taped (with washi) to our door and they keep falling off! It’s driving me nuts!

  2. Posted December 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

    What a great idea. Love your inspiration textiles and the result is so cheerful. Great job.

  3. Fiona
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 9:15 PM | Permalink

    I just discovered your blog and love it! As a fellow Torontonian in the design industry, it’s great to find local blogs with wonderful content. But I am a little perplexed as to why you sometimes choose to use American spelling on your blog. For example, in this post you leave out the u in colour. As Canadians, I believe we should embrace our culture, not shy away from it or give in to these Americanisms that seem to be slowly creeping in.

  4. Posted January 30, 2013 at 9:44 PM | Permalink

    @Fiona – Thanks for your comment! I’m so happy to have keen readers.
    It’s true I do use a mixture of Canadian and American spelling on my blog. Originally, I used only Canadian spellings but then some of my blog posts were picked up by US sites and they requested US spelling (Neighbour to Neighbor). Incredibly my readership is higher in the States than it is in Canada (about 44% from the US and 30% from Canada.) This post was sponsored by a US company so I chose to use the US spelling of colour. However, I’m sure if you scanned the majority of my posts you would see Canadian spelling. I believe that by putting our homes, designers, talents and resources out there in the world that I am doing my part to support our Canadian culture even if now and then I miss out a letter “u”.

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