How to Make a Christmas Tree Card Holder

My mom has been looking high and low for a Christmas card holder.  It’s been really hard to find them this year for some reason.  So, I decided to be a good little elf and make her one.

Here’s what I came up with:


Christmas Card Holder

Cute, huh?  What was that? You want me to show you how I did it?

Okay! Not too difficult, you can probably look at it and figure it out.

But I’ll show you anyway. 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need:

Christmas Card Holder

For the body, I used these pieces of molding I found at Michaels.  Each piece is three feet.  (I used two for the body and one for the trunk.)You could use anything similar that lies flat including  lattice, yard sticks, etc.  The embossed pieces were $3.99 each (I used a 50% off coupon on each:) and the flat piece was $2.29.

  • Star topper- I found this at Michaels for 99 cents.
  • Over-the-door wreath hanger
  • Spray paint
  • Mini clothes pins- a pack of 50 was 1.69 at Walmart.
  • Wood glue
  • Wire (I used green floral wire-it’s what I had on hand/not pictured)
  • Gold metallic paint-optional
  • Miter saw ( I call it a chop-saw)  or miter box and hand saw
  • Patience

First, you will need to cut your pieces for the branches of your tree.  You will cut seven pieces in the following lengths:

4″, 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″, 14″, and 16″

Christmas Card Holder

Lay out your pieces. I centered  my “branches” on the trunk  with 3″ between each. Then I drew a pencil mark on either side of each branch.

Christmas Card Holder

Add a bit of wood glue in between each pencil mark and attach your branches. Allow to dry for about 20 minutes or so.

Christmas Card Holder

Now you can add your mini clothes pins…I found it easier to use a small paint brush to apply the wood glue to each clothes pin.

Christmas Card Holder

Using wood glue, add your star topper or whatever you have chosen to top your tree. You could use an angel, a bow, a cute sign…whatever you find that you like.  Allow to dry about 20 minutes.

Spray paint!

Christmas Card Holder

Patience…waiting in between each step is like waiting for white out to dry isn’t it? Sometimes I have a hard time being patient!

I gave mine two coats of paint.

After I was done patiently waiting for my paint to dry, I dry brushed gold paint across the finish to add a bit of shimmer.

Christmas Card Holder


Christmas Card Holder

To hang, I attached my tree to an over-the-door wreath hanger which I had straightened out.  I attached it with wire and wrapped tightly securing in the back.  I was not able to get the hanger completely straight and it left this annoying curve behind. But, alas, that is what stops the hanging from sliding right out! Perfectly imperfect. 🙂

Christmas Card Holder


I was pushing to finish this to give to my mom. If I had more time to work on it, I would have found a better way to secure the hanger to the back probably with a small screw somehow. But this worked so I went with it.

Here you can see the star painted and the shimmer that the gold paint added:

Christmas Card Holder

And here it is again…very cute!  I like the simplicity of it. You could  take it further and add  a few gold buttons to the star or a meaningful word maybe or even a sprig of greenery.

I like the idea that it can hang over a door. I was hanging it all over the place wondering why I didn’t make myself one!  Here I hung it  over a metal grate that is hung beside our window. (Anyone want to come over and clean my windows??)

Christmas Card Holder


Christmas Card Holder



Christmas Card Holder

The total out of pocket cost for this project was $8.96 since I already had the paints, wire, wreath hanger and wood glue on hand. Not too shabby.

And my Mom loved it!

Update 2015: Here’s another I made for a friend:

Christmas Tree Card Holder from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Christmas Tree Card Holder from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Christmas Tree Card Holder from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Christmas Tree Card Holder from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I think I need to break down and make one for me too!



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  1. Jeannie Panza says

    OMG you are so talented!!!! I want to be you!!!!! Love, Love, Love all the things you do. You could make big bucks! I really need some girl time with you! Miss ya’ bunches!

  2. Ok. So now I will have to consider making one of these for each of my daughters. Shame on you for giving me another thing to add to my get er done list. : )

  3. Carol Leslie says

    Your talent amazes me! I love everything that you do! Have a blessed day.


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