DIY Plywood Holiday Card Holder

December 4, 2012

Just like that, December is already here! Have you received any holiday cards in the mail yet? My latest project is this card display made with just a few basic materials. 
You will need:
Masking tape
Corse grit sandpaper
Plywood (purchased a large birch square from the woodworking section of the home improvement store)
Suede cord
Metal tacks or nails

Step 1: Along one edge of the plywood board, make a small pencil mark at 20 inches. This will be the bottom of the tree.

Step 2: Along the opposite edge (top of the tree) make a pencil mark at 10 inches.

Step 3: With masking tape, you will now prep the plywood to minimize splintering while sawing. Lay down a long piece of masking tape at a diagonal, starting at the top pencil mark and ending at the bottom mark. Lay down another long piece of masking tape, starting at the top pencil mark and ending at the bottom left corner of the plywood, forming a triangle. Over the masking tape, draw a line connecting the top pencil mark to the bottom mark and bottom left corner. This is your guide for sawing.

Step 4: Brace the plywood on a sawhorse with clamps, and saw along your pencil lines, starting from the bottom of the tree.

Step 5: After the triangle is cut out, smooth rough edges with corse grit sandpaper.

Step 6: Starting at bottom right corner, nail in or tack the end of the leather cord. Use a hammer to drive in the nail/tack.

Step 7: Pull the leather cord taut over to the left side of the tree. Make sure the leather is pulled tight and flat against the plywood. About 6 inches from the bottom, nail or tack in the leather cord. Before hammering in the nail/tack in deeper into the plywood, pull the cord tight over to the right side of the tree. Repeat this process, zigzagging the leather cord all the way to the top, taking care to keep the leather tight and flat.


  1. Comment by Melissa on December 5, 2012 2:30 am

    Ooooo this is such a splendid idea! I like to create lovely links and I’m thinking I will most def. add this gem to my list!


  2. Comment by Miranda on December 5, 2012 10:13 am

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You are a genius.


  3. Comment by Faith on December 5, 2012 3:19 pm

    I love it! You truly have a gift. I’m a woodworker and I still never would have thought of this. I’m totally going to make one next year.

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  5. Comment by mer on December 12, 2012 6:04 pm

    this is killer jen. love it.


  6. Comment by Inka on December 18, 2012 5:21 pm

    I adore your blog! Greetings from Finland xo

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