Display Christmas Cards and Art

by Melissa on December 19, 2012

You know, it’s hard to have all those gorgeous Christmas cards perfectly on display. If you’re like me, you don’t have anything yet to display those lovely cards from people you love. Or perhaps you’re miss popular and your current system is getting overloaded with holiday cheer? Why not make an easel, or five? I made a paper easel a few months ago, and I don’t know why I don’t have more around the house (other than general lack of shelf space). They’re the definition of 30 second crafts.

It’s incredibly straight forward, you’ll be wondering what the heck I’m doing here with all these silly step-by-step photos, but I was enjoying myself while putting these stands together.

Download the template (provided below) or make your own. You can use a bonefolder and scissors, or you can get fancy and use your desktop cutter (silhouette, cricut, etc). I’ve provided artwork for both! You’ll want pretty paper (memory keepers has pretty glitter paper) that has a lot of body to it. If you want to get technical, I would recommend an 80# cover-weight paper or heavier.

Fold your paper in half nicely. Seriously a bone folder helps a lot. If you don’t have one and plan on folding more than one of these, get one. I’m very partial to the teflon bone folders myself.

Place the template on top of your paper and cut. If you’re being really meticulous, you can tape the template on before cutting.

Voila. Make a bunch in different sizes when you get confident in your cutting skills.

Make a merry Christmas wonderland with all your Christmas cards. Heck, once the season is over, use your awesome easels to showcase children’s artwork, upcoming wedding invitations, etc.

Look at these marching cards! Hello there, cute friends!

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This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without the express consent of Make and Takes and Melissa Esplin. I love getting shout outs from around the web, but please, link with love. Do not copy this post, publish more than 2 photos or outright steal this idea for commercial publications. If you would like to use this tutorial for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!

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