How to Make a Farmhouse DIY Christmas Card Holder

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It’s the time of year to receive Christmas card updates from friends near and far! I always find myself struggling to display the huge stack of cards that come in each season, so I’m sharing a quick tutorial on how to make a farmhouse DIY Christmas card holder that’s easy to store!

DIY Christmas card holder with jute string, farmhouse ribbon and wood board for hanging

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I’m joining several friends today to share inspiration for Christmas cards and unique ways to display them. I hope you’ll pay them a visit once you’re done here! (See the end of this post.)

DIY Christmas Card Holder Wall Hanging

You’ll only need a few simple supplies to make this DIY Christmas card holder. The best part is, you can also repurpose this wall hanging to display your kids’ art projects, photos or little to-do lists.

I’m looking forward to using this for the many paintings and construction paper crafts by boys bring home from Kindergarten!

Supplies for Christmas Card Holder

Supplies for DIY Christmas card holder

Steps for DIY Christmas Card Wall Hanging

In my upcoming video, I’ll show these steps in detail. The bottom line is, if you own a drill and have scrap wood, you can easily tackle this DIY project!

Step 1: Cut scrap wood to size and drill holes.

Cutting scrap wood for Christmas card display holder

I used cedar for this project, which is easy to cut and didn’t require staining.

Using a Japanese hand saw, I cut my scrap wood to measure about 2 inches by 27 inches.

I had a specific place in mind for my Christmas card holder, so I took measurements before I cut the wood.

You’ll want to decide how many strings you want hanging on your Christmas card holder and drill holes in each spot as well as two holes for a ribbon to hang the piece.

Step 2: Create salt dough ornaments for wall hanging.

Salt dough ornaments cut with star cookie cutter

In my recent YouTube video, I walk through how to make salt dough ornaments for Christmas. It’s a great craft for kids during the holiday break!

I even used this same recipe to make a garland for my Halloween mantel decor.

You’ll want to allow enough time for the ornaments to bake (about 2 hours), which gives you plenty of time to get the piece of wood prepared for hanging.

Tip: Don’t forget to make holes in your ornaments for hanging. I suggest using a regular drinking straw for this.

Step 3: Tie ribbon and jute cord onto the wood.

Attaching ribbon and jute cord to wood for DIY Christmas card holder

I decided to tie double knots to attach a cute red farmhouse ribbon and jute string to the wall hanging.

The knots should end up on the bottom of the board for your hanging ribbon and at the top of the board for your strings of ornaments.

Step 4: Paint salt dough ornaments and hang.

Painting salt dough ornaments with white chalk paint

I like to use this ultra-matte chalk paint when painting salt dough ornaments. It gives a nice weathered texture to the project…perfect for a farmhouse feel!

After painting your ornaments, you can hang them underneath the wood with jute rope or any other ribbon that strikes your fancy.

I spaced mine out in an alternating pattern.

A Final Look: DIY Christmas Card Wall Holder

The beauty of this design is that you can always swap out the ribbon or cord as needed!

Final DIY Christmas card wall hanging

As I mentioned, I plan to use this throughout the year to display photos, keepsakes or other paper items that tend to clutter our counters.

I hope you can put it to good use in your home, too!

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DIY Christmas card holder with farmhouse style salt dough ornament garland

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Happy Holidays!

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DIY Christmas card wall hanging with salt dough ornaments

How to Make a Farmhouse DIY Christmas Card Holder

Author: firstdayofhome.com
Make your own rustic DIY Christmas card holder with a farmhouse feel!
You can use this simple card holder to display photos, artwork or other objects throughout the year…not just at Christmas.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Project Type Arts & Crafts
Cost (US$)10
Yield 1




  • Cut scrap wood to the desired size and drill holes for the ribbon to hang above and ribbon/cord to pin cards below.
  • Optional: Create salt dough ornaments for decoration.
  • Insert ribbon and jute cord into holes in wood, and make a knot at the ends.
  • Optional: Paint the salt dough ornaments and hang at varying heights on the jute cord.
  • Hang cards, photos or other artowkr onto jute cord using clothespins.


The "additional time" reflects the time to bake salt dough ornaments. Skipping that step will reduce the project time dramatically.
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