PHOENIX -- You can make pretty holiday cards part of your festive holiday décor by displaying them on a quick and crafty board inspired by a winter sled.
We caught up with Kristen Forgione, founder of The Lifestyled Company.Considering this project cost less than $10 to create, we had to know how she pulled this one off.
Not only is it a great piece for your home, it could be a great hostess gift for the parties you're invited to this year.
"Checking the mail around the holiday season is one of my favorite things to do," Forgione said
Most people agree the problem is finding a way to make sure those lovely cards don't end up in a pile somewhere collecting dust.
"I'm not a big fan of cards taking over the island in my kitchen, or my refrigerator," Forgione continued. "If you’re like me you need a way to work them into your holiday décor!"
Thankfully for us, she's sharing these easy-to-follow steps to help you create this festive Christmas card display.
First, she says, go to Home Depot.
1. Find two (2) 1" x 4" x 8' furring strips. Then, head back to the lumber chopping area and have the professionals there cut the strips into 30" sections. This will give you time to grab ivory spray paint in a satin or matte finish. Grab some green or natural twine, wood glue, hot glue, shims, a staple gun, clothespins and some ornaments.
2. Once at home, use your wood glue to glue all four pieces of that wood together. Allow the "sled" time to dry and then staple the shims to the back of the wood pieces. The shims will help hold the wood together and give you a place to anchor the twine.
3. Take your "sled" out back and give her one coat of spray paint. Let the paint dry.
4. Wrap twine sporadically around the sled, in a crisscross way, as you see fit.
5. Use your hot glue gun to glue your festive ornaments to one corner of the sled.
6. Place your clothespins all over the twine and wait for your first Christmas cards to arrive.
This piece looks great at an entry, by a fireplace or propped up on a table.
You can see more of Forgione's ideas, tips and tricks at www.thelifestyledco.com.