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Holiday Card Holder

My boyfriend and I live in a small-ish apartment here in San Francisco. I say small-ish because it’s not actually that small by city standards. It’s a really decent sized one bedroom, but with two people, a dog with a crate, two sets of golf clubs (you get where I’m going), that can sometimes feel a little crowded. Since moving here we’ve acquired a lot of stuff, which has made it feel a little smaller. Anyway, finding space for our belongings and hobbies can sometimes be like trying to fit pieces of a puzzle together. And, that only gets harder around the holidays because of decorations!

I always try to send holiday cards and I love it when people send them to us! Over the years I’ve been having a hard time finding a place to display the cards we receive. The real estate for cards becomes even thinner because my boyfriend’s birthday is also in December. I’ve been meaning to invest in a card holder for the door or wall, but instead of buying one, I decided to make one. It was pretty simple and here’s how you can make one too!

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What you’ll need:

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Cardboard
Paint (I used white, blue, and red)
Scissors
Paint brushes
Gold paint pen
Mini clothespins
Hot Glue Gun
Ribbon – I used a lighter ribbon for two hanging strips, but if you are not going to put cardboard behind the hanging strips, I’d recommend using ribbon with wire in it. My middle strip uses wire ribbon.

Instructions:

1. Cut your cardboard. I cut a rectangle for the “Merry Christmas” part of the sign that was 16″ x 10″. If you’d like a more heavy duty sign, I’d also recommend cutting cardboard for the hanging strips. In my example I cut only ribbon and sometimes it is hard to hold heavier cards.

2. Cut your ribbon to line the “Merry Christmas” part of the sign. Also, cut three pieces of ribbon for the hanging strips. These should all be the same length and can be however long you’d like. Mine are 16″.

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3. Paint your sign. I used red paint to go with my color scheme and contrast the green ribbon.

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4. Using the hot glue gun, glue down the ribbon on the sign. I took the ribbon and folded it in half on the top of the sign so it went on both sides. Put a line of glue on both sides of the sign so the ribbon stays down. I folded the sides in on the back and glued those down. Do this for all four sides and pieces of ribbon.

5. Glue on your hanging strips to the back of the sign. Again, if you’d like a more sturdy sign, I’d recommend lining the back of the ribbon with some cardboard.

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6. Paint the mini clothespins.

7. Once the mini clothespins are done drying, glue them on the ribbon using the hot glue gun. I would recommend staggering them and gluing them facing both sides.

8. Assuming your painted sign is totally dry, use the gold paint pen to write “Merry Christmas” (or the holiday greeting of your choice) on the face of the sign.

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9. Lastly, glue on a piece of ribbon to use as a hanger and hang it up! Add your cards as they come!

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xmas card holder

Turkey Pilgrim Pumpkin

My favorite time of year is finally here!  I feel like this year has flown by and I can’t believe it’s basically already Thanksgiving, which might just be my favorite holiday.  It’s super low key, meaning you don’t have to get gifts for anyone and its main focus is eating.  What more do you want in a holiday?  Also, while I do love decorating, there’s just less pressure to decorate for Thanksgiving and I enjoy the subtly of decorations for Thanksgiving.  Although, I have seen some light decorations for Thanksgiving on peoples’ houses here in San Francisco.

Today I’m featuring a super easy craft – a turkey pilgrim pumpkin.  I found something similar on Etsy and thought “I could make that!”  However, if you don’t want to make it, you should buy one from WoodNDoodads.  Also, my version is definitely the “cheap way” because it’s made with cardboard instead of wood.

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Here’s what you’ll need:
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A few cardboard boxes
Acrylic paint of various colors – brown, red, green, yellow/gold, black, white
Sharpie
Scissors
Duct Tape
Round wooden sticks
A more heavy duty scissor/cutter
Pencil

Here’s how to make it:

1. Using a pencil , trace feathers, beak, and head with hat.  You’ll want three large feathers and two smaller ones.  I did this freehand, so it might take a few tries.  The head with the hat is definitely the oddest part since it’s hard to envision those as one.  Cut them out.
2. Paint all of the parts. You can use whatever color scheme you like!  I used brown for the feathers with green, red, and yellow for the feather accents.

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3. Add sharpie tracking along the feathers, bib, and hat.
4. Glue the nose on your turkey’s face!
5. Depending on the size of your pumpkin, you will want to adjust the length of the skinny wood sticks.  Cut them using the more heavy duty scissors (I actually used garden shears).  Tape them to the back of your feathers and turkey head.
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6. Take the skinny wood sticks (now attached to the turkey pieces) and stick them into pumpkin in a way that they all fit.  This shouldn’t be too difficult, but if there’s a pointy end of the wooden sticks, you might want to use those to make the hole first and then put the rest of the sticks in.
7. Enjoy and have a great Thanksgiving!
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