DIY Holiday Card Memo Board
This year, I wanted to have a fun way to display Christmas cards, rather than just stick them to the refrigerator or on a shelf. I thought making a memo board that could double as a holiday card display would be a fun way to add some festive flair to my home. I can decorate it for many holidays, like with the Thanksgiving theme shown in the picture above, then change it to Christmas when the time comes, and continue to use it after the holidays are over to post reminders, cards, pictures, quotes, etc. I’m excited! Here is what you will need to make your own:
- picture frame (I used 11×14)
- roll of poultry wire from home improvement stores
- wire cutters
- hot glue gun
- extra hot glue sticks
- mini clothespins
- cards and decorative pieces
Start by unwrapping and unrolling your poultry wire. You will have to bend it and play with it a little bit to get it to lie flat. Use the backing that you remove from the picture frame as a template for how much wire you will need. Push down, and cut along the edge in a straight line.
Once you have cut all around the picture frame backing, you should have the exact size you need for your frame, but you will have to work with the wire a little more before it will lie flat. The more you work with it, the nicer it will look in the frame, so take a few minutes to get it good and flat. I even pulled out my rolling pin and rolled it over the wire, just to help me see which areas were popping up and bowing. I would roll the pin over the wire, then flip the wire and go again, until it seemed not to bow one way or the other.
Next, you will want to do a dry-fit test. Set the wire in the back of the frame. It should be a pretty close fit, but if there are any areas that do not lie flat, then you will want to trim down the wire.
If the wire can sit flat in the frame, you are ready to glue. Start with one corner and work your way around. I noticed it was easiest to focus on 3 or so glue spots at a time. If I tried to glue too much at once I found myself having to go back and add more glue because I was not able to give the wire enough pressure to stick. With 3 spots of glue, I could hold the wire in place long enough for the glue to start cooling. When I knew the wire was secure and not going to pop out through the glue, then I moved on a glued 3 more spots.
After finishing all four sides, it is done. You can turn the frame around and begin to decorate. I loved using mini clothes pins to hold fall leaves. When it’s time to decorate for Christmas, I will probably use poinsettia flowers along with my Christmas cards. There are so many options to decorate it the way you like. Have fun with it!