Display Christmas cards in a rustic fashion with a festive holder made from boards, hardware, and string.
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Cut the slats and cleats to length from pine boards (Project Diagram). Sand the boards with 120-grit sandpaper.
Place a scrap of wood under the slats and drill four 1/4-inch-diameter holes in the each cleat for the bolts that are installed after painting. The scrap under the slats prevents the drill bit from damaging your work surface.
Apply paint to components following the manufacturers instructions and allow the finish to dry. Applying light coats of paint without a primer coat allows the wood grain to come through.
After the paint has dried, lay a few scrap boards down on your work surface and position the slats on the scrap boards 1/4-inch apart. Rest the cleats in position on the slats, the cleats are located 2-1/2-inches from the top and bottom ends of the slats.
Drill the 1/4-inch-diameter holes in the slats using the holes in the cleats as a guide. Slip a washer and carriage bolt into the holes.
When drilling multiple holes that require alignment, drill one hole, and then add the screw or bolt. After the first hole is secured, then drill the second hole and add the hardware, continuing in this fashion until all holes are drilled and secured. Subtly shifting of material as you drill multiple holes can cause the holes to fall out of alignment resulting in misaligned parts and holes.
Stand the panel and push the bolts all the way into the holes and add the hex nuts to the back of the bolts to secure the parts.
Add a mending plate to the slats, it is centered between the cleats and over the ¼-inch wide space between the slats. To avoid breaking through the back of the slats with the screws that come with the plates, use 1/2-inch long screws instead.
Once assembled, cut 12-inch long pieces of string and randomly wrap the string around the back of the panel; secure on the back of the assembly using a staple gun and 1/4-in staples. Tie a knot on the end of the strings to prevent the string from slipping out of the staples.