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Display your Christmas Cards!

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Nov

Shipping Pallet Card Holder

Last year I saw a picture of a Christmas card display out of a shipping pallet. I haven’t been able to find that pictures since then. For some reason I didn’t pin the picture when I first saw it.

No matter, I found a few other shipping pallet crafts, including Christmas trees from pallets, and was able to use those as inspiration for my own card holder.

The first trick was obtaining a shipping pallet. There are several places on the web enumerating ways to get free pallets, but fortunately, I had an “in” with a landscaper who regularly discards old pallets.

I cut the pallet in the shape of a Christmas tree, then spray painted it green. One issue I had (and would need to solve if I was making it for anyone else) was the stray nails that were poking out here and there. I pounded them into the wood as much as I could, but wouldn’t feel good about giving it to anyone else that way.

Next I cut out a variety of words from heavy paper using my Cricut. Using those as stencils, I painted them on the dried Christmas-tree-shaped pallet. I alternated the color of each word to make them stand out more. Then I added a star.

Finally, to make it into a card display, I added tiny clothespins.

Here’s my display holder before anyone had sent any cards and at the end of the season last year:
Shipping Pallet Card HolderShipping Pallet Card Holder

A second problem I need to fix is that the pallet didn’t stand terribly well on its own – I ended up leaning it against the wall. I could either add more to the bottom of the stand, or add a hanger to stabilize it on a wall.

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