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Create a Simple DIY Display Frame for Photos and Greeting Cards

teacher avatar Jane And Sonja, Nature-Inspired DIY, Craft and Home Decor Bloggers

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5 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. How to create a Christmas greeting card display with ribbon

    • 2. Options for the frame for the holiday greeting card display

    • 3. How to make a greeting card display from wood trim FINAL

    • 4. Adding the ribbon to the Christmas card display

    • 5. Styling and finishing your DIY greeting card display

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About This Class

We love sending and receiving greeting cards at Christmas time but don't always have a nice way to display those cards, especially the flat photo cards we receive.

In this class we'll show you how to make a simple, yet super-handy display for those all those cards and photos you'll receive this holiday season! Specifically we'll show you:

  • several options for the frame itself
  • how to make an inexpensive frame using wood baseboard trim;
  • how to attach ribbon upon which your cards will hang; and
  • ideas for displaying it all!

You'll receive a handy printable Project Guide with measurements if you're creating your own frame. 

This project originally appeared on our blog Sustain My Craft Habit and is one piece of our larger holiday mantel. We invite you to visit and sign up to join our community where members receive free goodies each month including beautiful floral greeting card templates.


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Jane And Sonja

Nature-Inspired DIY, Craft and Home Decor Bloggers


Jane and Sonja are craft and DIY addicts who share their love of simple, low-cost and nature-inspired craft and home decor ideas on their blog Sustain My Craft Habit. With Sonja's background in the fashion industry and Jane's in academic sciences, these sisters bring you the latest trends and beautiful DIY ideas with thoroughly and clearly presented instructions and tutorials.

Follow us on Instagram @sustainmycrafthabit and Pinterest for beautiful DIY and craft inspiration daily!

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1. How to create a Christmas greeting card display with ribbon: so I may be a little bit old fashioned, but I love to give and receive greeting cards for Christmas each year. And some of my favorite cars to receive are those photo cards that my friends sent of their kids. It's so great to see them change year by year. The problem is unlike the regular tent card, which that's nicely on the mantel or wherever you'd like to put it. Those photo cars A really difficult to display. So this year my sister Sonya, who blogging, sustain my craft habit dot com, created a simple greeting card display using ribbon. And in this class, we're going to show you how to do the same. We're going to show you a few different ways that you can make the actual frame as well as how to attach the ribbon. So we hope you join us for this class and look forward to seeing what you make 2. Options for the frame for the holiday greeting card display: Hi there. Thanks for enrolling in this class with us. But before we start making the brain, we wanted to talk about a few options that you have to actually create the frame, the outer part of it. In the next video, we're going to show you how we made this white frame using leftover pieces of wood trim that we had from when we were renovating our cottage. So that's really inexpensive. Way to do it. You could even buy justice. Eight foot strip of trim at the hardware store. Um, and they may even cut it down to size for you. We cut it ourselves and you'll see it's very simple. You just cut our 45 degree angles on all corners and then attach it all together. Another option if you don't want to go through all that trouble, is to purchase just wood frame at your local craft store. We bought this one at Michael's, and it just was the frame without the glass are backing or anything like that. Another option is to use an old large photo frame that you have at home or pick up one in extensively at your local thrift store. So then you just look for one that has a good solid, ideally would frame around the outside to be able to attach the ribbon in as we'll show you in another video. Um, and then once you bring it home, just take out the glass and the backing so that all you're left with is the frame you can then leave it the same color as it is or painted Teoh whatever suits your decor or knees. Um, we like the white. This was actually just the white trim paint that we had painted baseboards for the home, and we haven't done anything with it. But on this frame we used a chalky style paint. It's dark brain Americana decor by Deco art so we can believe the link in the description section below. If you like this particular color, and it gives a really nice, fresh like dark, a modern look that you can use this frame even past the holidays, you could use the white one, so those are just a few of the options that you could have for making the outer part of the frame. You just want to look for a nice, large size frame. This one is a bit smaller, but we like ours here, which is about 17 by 20 inches on the inner edges. So, um, if you want to learn how to make your own frame from the baseboards, you can follow along in our next quick video or skip over that one, too. See the one after on how to attach the ribbon. 3. How to make a greeting card display from wood trim FINAL: to make the frame, you're going to need four pieces of wood trim cut to size, depending on how big you want your friend to be. We refer you to the Project guy to help you figure this part out. You'll also need a circular saw or have them cut it for you in the hardware store a bit of sandpaper, some wood glue and a Naylor gun to begin. You're going to cut each piece of wood trim on each end to 45 degree angles. Now refer again to the printable Project Guide to help you figure out which corners to cut . Many hardware stores also provide cutting services, so if you have the plan with you, you can just take them and have them cut it for you in case you don't feel like using the machinery. Once you cut your four pieces, give them a light standing with a bit of sandpaper. Line up your four pieces on a flat surface as they're going to look on your frame and then at a little bit of wood glue to each edge. This will help Teoh hold everything together once it's nailed in place, then working carefully nail your four pieces together using the air gun. Be sure to follow the operating instructions for your air gun and follow all safety precautions and using it. Once you've nailed all four sides together, you're done. You may just want to leave it overnight. Toe let the glue set. But then you're ready to go. You can choose to leave your frame finished painted white or any other color that you like . In the next video, we're going to show you how to attach the ribbon to your completed frame. 4. Adding the ribbon to the Christmas card display: Okay, so now that we've assembled our frame by having it cut and then nailed and glued, we are going to flip it over and at a ribbon so that we can fasten and display some pictures and, um cards or whatever we choose to. So I have one piece of ribbon just describe suburban and then this other kind of more festive ribbon that I'm gonna use before I start stapling it in place. I need to measure you. Measure along the sides on, make sure that it's evenly spaced from the top on both sides so that we get a straight line , straight level line. Wait A measure From this fall, I'm gonna do 1.5 inches from the edge. I'm gonna market my at that point, I'm going to measure down. I want to be able to have enough space so that pictures when they're placed horizontally, there's like, I don't know, maybe five inches, um, in between. So I'm gonna mark five down for my other point, and then to So in total are going to have 1234 pieces of ribbon running across. And if you feel like you're gonna be using or displaying cards vertically. Then you may want to increase the spacing accordingly. So now going to turn it around and do the same on the other side. But now my top, it's down here. So I'm gonna work from the set all the way. Our next step, which is to secure the ribbon to the frame. And we've already gone along the sides here and marked where we're gonna be positioning the Women Way way. I start with this revenge thing , way, way, way, I think. 5. Styling and finishing your DIY greeting card display: and that's it. You're beautiful. New photo display is done. Now you can attach amounting supplies onto the back of the frame, which you can buy at any hardware store. If you'd like Teoh, hang your display up on the wall or we like to just set it on the mantel on, then we can move it around if we need to. Later, a swell into attached the beautiful cards as you get them. You can either use some large paperclips. If that's what you have on hand. Even small paperclips would do. Or we went out to our local craft store and bought just these simple little clothes pins, which are cute. They come in a bunch of metallic colors, and our natural colors are red and green. You can use them as well. Just enjoy it and display your in your photos. Thank you so much for joining us in this class. We hope you check out our other classes here on skill share, such as our last one, in which we show you how to make a simple greeting card display gift set that is a great gift idea for a hostess, coworker or any other hard to buy for person on your shopping list. That includes instructions how to make your own watercolor envelopes to go with them, as well as templates for four different types of great floral greeting cards, such as this one. Here. We also visit you to stop by our blocks to stay my craft habit dot com, where we share simple nature inspired D I. Y ideas and crafts, such as a few of these here that you see on the mantle. Thank you so much. Please make sure to share your projects in the project gallery. We'd love to see what you make and join us again for our next class.