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Tabletop Christmas Card Holder

Keep holiday cards organized and on display with this wooden rack.

Christmas card holder with cards.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter saw
  • Clamps
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue


  • 1/4 x 2 x 24 poplar craft board
  • 1/4 x 3 x 24 poplar craft board
  • 1/4 x 6 x 24 poplar craft board
  • .5 x .56 x 96 stain-grade radiata pine glass bead moulding
  • Rubber or felt pads (optional)
  • Rust-Oleum spray paint, oil-rubbed bronze

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Step 1

Sand both faces and the ends of the three craft boards. Apply glue to one edge of the 1/4 x 3 board --the bottom (A) -- and clamp it to the face of the 1/4 x 6 board back (B) to form a 90-degree angle (Tabletop Christmas Card Holder Project Diagram). Let the glue dry and repeat to attach the 1/4 x 2 front (C) to the bottom. Let the pieces dry at least two hours before continuing.

Good to Know

If you’re comfortable working with wood glue, you can glue all three pieces together at once.

Step 2

Cut oversize pieces of glass bead moulding for the front (D) and sides (E) of the base. Cut a 45-degree miter on one end of the front moulding. Hold the mitered end against the end of the front (C) and mark the moulding where it meets the other end of the front. Miter-cut the front to length. Glue and clamp the front moulding in place.

Step 3

On opposite ends of the oversize side moulding (E), make a 45-degree miter cut. Hold the mitered end against the front moulding miter and mark where the moulding meets the outside face of the back (B). Cut the moulding to length, then glue and clamp it in place. Repeat for the other side moulding.

Step 4

Cut a 24-inch-long piece of glass bead moulding for the top trim (F). Glue and clamp the moulding to the top of the back and let dry.

Step 5

Lightly sand the finished card holder and wipe clean. Spray about three coats of paint (oil-rubbed bronze shown) on the completed holder. If desired, add felt pads to the bottom board for a scratch-free surface.