Saturday, November 3, 2012

Display Your Cards

 After my husband and I got married, we received many beautiful cards from friends and family that I did not want to simply toss in box then forget.  I had to figure out a way to display these beautiful cards!  I had found a project in a DIY magazine that summer involving rain gutter covers, so I gave it a try!

  • 5, 7 or 9 Metal Rain Gutter Covers (found at Home Depot or Lowes)
  • Paper Clips
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Cards
  • Optional: Spray Paint
  • Decide on how many rain gutter covers that you would like on display.  We had a 350 square foot efficiency apartment when we first got married, so we went with just five covers.  When we moved into a larger two bedroom apartment, we bought two more covers to make seven since we had more space.

  • Spray paint the rain gutter covers, if you wish.
  • Nail the covers into your wall at different heights.  I put two nails at the top as shown below then one at the bottom on some of the covers.
  • Fasten the cards to your rain gutter cover by opening your paper clips up and slipping one side through to the back of the cover, then fold it back to it's original shape and slide the card into the paper clip. Some cards need more than one paper clip depending on their weight.
  • Step back and make some adjustments to straighten the cards out and move the cards around to your satisfaction.

We absolutely adore our card display because it's unique, sentimental, we get to see all of the gorgeous cards that people give us and it has so many different occasional cards including Christmas, birthdays, wedding, Easter, graduation, etc.  This craft is also very cheap.  Rain gutter covers are incredibly low cost as well as paper clips & nails.  This craft was roughly $10 total.  We like to send updated pictures of it to friends who's cards have made it on to the display :)

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