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Christmas Card Art

I have a few Christmas cards I absolutely love.  Some are funny and charming, others are more serious and beautiful.  This year, rather than just sticking them all on the fridge and watching them fall off and get crumpled and worn, I decided to try something more permanent with some of my favorites like this Sandra Boynton card from Brooke.

Sandra Boynton Card

I’m a huge Sandra Boynton book fan.  We have several in our home that have been read so many times they are completely falling apart.  So when I saw this card and the typical Boynton humor inside I knew it was a keeper.

Boynton "Santa with Deer" card

I decided to see if I could make a whimsical wall board that I could put up year after year to remind me of this playful, fun side of Christmas.  I started by cutting out the Santa and deer.

Boynton Card cutout

Next I went into the garage to see if I had any boards about the right size.  Lucky for me there were a few chunks of plywood left over from making my bed just sitting against the wall.  How easy is that?!  So with no sawing necessary I tried out the fit.

Card and board

It’s like they were made for each other.

After a few coats of white paint on the board I whipped out the Mod Podge, securing the beloved Sandra Boynton card to the board.

I next tried to hand write the words from the card onto the board.  Bad idea!  Note to self: Remember April, you have little kid handwriting.

It wasn’t horrific, it just wasn’t good either.  So I called up my friend who owns a Silhouette machine and asked her to make some vinyl lettering for me.  Being the sweetheart that she is, she whipped them out and I was back on my feet.  Back on my feet after another two coats of primer and about four coats of paint to cover the unsightly handwriting.

I like the end result, and next time I know to by-pass my handwriting and just go for the finished look first.  Live and learn.  I think this “Deer Ones” needs to hang in the hallway with my children’s pictures.

This card went so well I decided to do a second one.  I secured this snowman card to another chunk of wood in the garage.  Thank goodness I hadn’t thrown either of them away yet. Talk about cheap and easy Christmas decor.

So there’s a simple idea for using one or two beloved cards.  I wouldn’t suggest doing this to every card that comes in the mail, but it’s kind of fun for one or two special ones.

Merry Christmas!


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