Corkboard turned Card Holder

December 6, 2010

I’m always looking for easy creative ways to display the Christmas cards that come to our home every season.  Last year, I used a white chain + jingle bells.   

This year, I decided to repurpose an ordinary corkboard I had sitting in the back of the closet.  It was the perfect size for hanging in the foyer, so I made a simple tree with ribbon, fabric, and nailhead trim.  It sits in the perfect spot in the entry where we can enjoy our cards all season long!

 cg green ribbon card holder


If you’d like to turn your corkboard into a similar card display, here’s what you’ll need:


cg holiday card holder



Corkboard (mine is 2’ x 3’)

Fabric to cover your board

Scrap of fabric to form base

Decorative ribbon for both tree and trim

1 package of 20 nailheads (two more packages if you want to create the trim around the base)

Staple gun

Fabric glue

Mallet (or strong thumbs!)





Layer your fabric over your corkboard, then use a staple gun with lightweight staples to hold your fabric in place. 

staple to corkboard

Start at the top and cut your ribbon to specified lengths.  Secure with nailheads (found at fabric stores). 

nailheads and ribbon

Roll the edges of the fabric and use a mallet (or strong thumbs) to push your nailhead trim around the perimeter of your fabric to form the base. 

nailheads one by one


Add decorative ribbon with fabric glue around the corkboard to frame your design.  In less than an hour, a custom card holder that you can reuse again in the New Year by simply removing the fabric.

  green ribbon card holder


cg card holder in foyer


The best part is come January, the cards go in the scrapbook and the corkboard goes . . . I dunno, maybe back in the closet.  


Need more inspiration for your own card display?  Here’s a roundup of some great ideas from last year.


There’s a bit more seasonal decorating going on around here . . .

foyer wreath nativity


bowl of ornaments


Plus the Holiday Home Craft link party will post later this evening so get ready!  If you follow me on Twitter, I’ll let you know when it’s live.

Here’s your handy button . . .

cg holiday button


See you then ~




46 Responses to “Corkboard turned Card Holder”

  1. What a clever idea! I have an old cork board that’s waiting to be made into this!

    Thanks for the inspiration :)

  2. Fran says:

    Love this idea! Have a corkboard waiting to be used in our basement!

  3. That is too cute, Kate!! I love the simple lines. What a beautiful project to display. I have a post planned to link up with you tomorrow morning. Looking forward to it!! :)

  4. J says:

    What a great idea and it came out so cute!

  5. ~amy~ says:

    Such a FABulous idea!!!!

  6. How are you so clever on a daily basis? I need to know!! :) I think this idea is fantastic. Wall art and card holder all together. It looks great.

  7. Kasey says:

    Thats such a cute idea! Love it!

  8. I love this idea, and I think we all have one of those corkboards laying around somewhere!

  9. That is a clever and appropriate idea. You could change it out for other holidays that you get cards for too.

  10. Tracie says:

    Shared on FB…I LOVE this!

  11. The Nester says:

    Why didn’t I think of that? You are amazing.

  12. Judy says:

    Love this idea. I think I’ll try it. Thanks.

  13. Nadir@StitchSense says:

    I love this idea! How sweet! :-) Thanks for sharing.

  14. Angela says:

    This is so cute! I must try one for myself. TFS

  15. This might be my favorite idea I have seen in blogland for Christmas! Brilliant!

  16. junebug says:

    I love this! I having a cork board just crying out for a makeover.

  17. ChristinaTE says:

    I love your nativity set! So pretty! Can you share where you bought these? Thanks!

  18. Tammy says:

    This is very cute, and if I had more wall space, I would be sure to try it. I have a skinny Christmas tree that I put in a corner in our dining room, and I hang the cards on the tree with a few sparkley ornaments. This way the cards are all displayed, and my kids love to take them down, look at them and hang them back up and I don’t worry about the kids breaking anything.

  19. anh says:

    lovesss it!!!! i def need one of these. currently i am putting the cards on my tree.

  20. Really great idea for cards! I love the use of the nailheads — it just brings something else to the table =)


  21. Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait for the party!

  22. Heather says:

    Very cool crafty idea! Love it :) This year I am going to make an old vintage book into my card holder.. fold all the pages outward from the center and it makes a pretty little accordian like mail sorter, card holder, thingy.. only cause I don’t wanna put nails into my freshly painted walls ;)
    (that’ll probably last a week!)

  23. Oona says:

    Great idea!

    And I love that it’s snowing on your site!

  24. Awww, so cute!

    And the snow gently falling on your site put a smile on my face this morning :-)

  25. Jen says:

    I swear, you do the most lovely things :)

  26. Adorable, Kate! I love the corkboard (the nailhead trim is a great addition) and the rest of your house looks wonderful!

  27. Looks awesome! I came up with a cool way to hang Christmas card this weekend too, but alas, I haven’t written the post yet. So instead, here’s our labor of love – getting our wild Idaho Christmas tree.

  28. Michaela says:

    I love the tree card holder. The silver studded details are a great touch (: All your decorations look fabulous…I can’t wait to get home to put ours up!

  29. Love it! What a GREAT idea!!!!

  30. stephanie says:

    such a cute idea. I have a friend who has a cork board like yours that I am going to pass this along to.

  31. SheilaG says:

    Great idea! Is it snowing on your post or do I need to call my doctor?! :)

  32. Nikki says:

    I’ve been writing about ways to be more humble this holiday and this is an excellent eco-friendly way to highlight holiday cards! I made a similar card holder with a straw wreath and some old fabric. Thanks for the great idea–

  33. What a fabulous idea! The beautiful ribbon is such a great touch. Fabulous job! :) Can’t wait for your link party!!

  34. Anna says:

    Cute! I love it! My parents have this really old fabric santa that is extra long and they pinned cards to it, this is a great substitute!

  35. I love it! Very clever. I am in need of something to put our cards on, taping them to the door looks awful but since we get so many it’s the best place!

  36. Just darling! You make it look easy.


  37. Valerie C says:

    I absolutely love this idea! I am going to have to try it for my home.

  38. Allison says:

    What a fun idea to show off the cards. I love sending Christmas cards out. It’s a tradition I hope to always continue. That’s a beautiful wreath in front of your mirror, Kate. I like the simplicity of it with the pine cones and that great bow.

  39. Gina says:

    Simple and elegant….my favorite combination! I’m always looking for new ways to display xmas cards. I love that it’s also something that could be used year after year. :)

  40. Your card holder looks so pretty in your foyer. The two green ribbons along the edge are the perfect border. Really nice display on the dresser too!

  41. Girrrrl… that is too cute! What a great idea!! I absolutely love this.

  42. Mrs. W says:

    I love this idea! I’m planning this as weekend project. Love it!

  43. That is just fantastic!! I love it!!!


  44. I had a vision for a Christmas card holder for the mantle, and my ever-amazing-husband did the grunt work. Here it is!

  45. Aimee says:

    OMG, THANK YOU! What a brilliant idea. I wish I weren’t so behind in my RSS and had seen this when you posted it, but better late than never. The cards have been piling up on the mantel, driving me nuts. I’m pulling out an unused bulletin board tomorrow and doing a version of this. Thanks!

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