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I am so in love with this rustic Christmas card holder we made with a vintage window and chicken wire. This project was so fun to make and we are getting such great use out of it. It’s filled with even more cards now.
Determining what to do with all the Christmas Cards we get is always an issue for me every year. They usually end up cluttering up our mantel, falling down and ruining all our Christmas pictures. Ok, that last statement may be a bit strong but it explains my feelings about displaying Christmas cards every year. This year I got inspired and decided we needed a cute vintage rustic Christmas card holder that can also double as a picture holder for the other 11 months out of the year.
We checked out a fun antique warehouse a couple of weeks ago and found a vintage window frame that was missing the glass. This was perfect because I didn’t want the glass anyway. We took it home and Mike gave it a scrub down to clean off all the grunge on it. We could have left it untouched but both of us felt like it was a little too rustic for our taste and we wanted to clean it up a little but with stain.
You could make a very similar project to this using an picture frame instead of a vintage window. Anything you can staple chicken wire to will work.
Vintage window or picture frame
Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface spray paint in Oil Rubbed Metallic Bronze
Since we knew we wanted to clean up the frame, Mike went over the frame with Minwax classic grey stain first. After that dried he went over it with Minwax white wash pickling stain. This allowed that rustic finish to shine through while also making it feel much cleaner. Lastly, he painted the back with some leftover paint just to freshen it up. Completely unnecessary but one more step to clean it up.
While all that layering was drying, Mike cut a piece of chicken wire from a roll we bought on Amazon. Then he spray painted it with Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface spray paint in Oil Rubbed Metallic Bronze to cut down the shiny finish. (Side note: we use the paint for everything and it is the perfect color!)
Once everything was dry I helped him to staple the chicken wire onto the back of the frame. Because the end of the wire was pointy, I finished off the back by gluing felt over the edge of the wire. I did this to prevent the wire ends from scratching the wall. I just eyeballed and cut the felt so it was not perfect.
After the glue dried, Mike took a couple of picture hangers and wire to be able to hang the frame on the wall.
Once it was up, I used tiny clothes pins to be able to hang up the Christmas cards. (Side note: I wish I had bought slightly bigger clothes pins as these ones break easy.)
The frame adds a perfect rustic touch of decor to the room and we finally have a place to hang our Christmas Cards that won’t drive me crazy. Once Christmas is over we can hang up other family pictures so the frame can be up all year round.
If you liked this post then check out some of my other Christmas posts