Christmas Tree Card & Photo Display {A Holiday DIY Chez Newb}

When Sue started singing carols and clinking glasses at the Canadian Tire event we were at two weekends ago, I knew she wouldn’t object to posting about Christmas early this year. Christmas is her favourite time of year, and frankly, I can’t argue with her. (I’d definitely take Christmas in July though!) Let’s hope you guys are in the same frame of mind and aren’t too bothered by the fact that I’m starting Christmas posts a little earlier than usual this year. But with the snow falling this week and the weekend shopping countdowns to Christmas starting already (ugh!) it seems like a good time to share a Christmas craft we did chez Newb the other weekend.

We don’t have a lot of display space Chez Newb. So when the holidays roll around and the cards come in, there are only a few places to put them. Last year I used my dining room mirror as a display area for them. But this year I’ve got a brand new place. Say hello to my little friend the ‘Oh Christmas Card Tree’.

newberry sykes canvas holiday diy christmas card treeMy simple tree will hang in the kitchen when the cards start coming in the mail. Since the kitchen tends to be the hub of the house I’ll be able to see all the Christmas cards and pics from my friends and family, and that makes me happy. Want one too? It’s easy.

What You Need to Make a Christmas Card Tree:

  • 1 x 7 foot piece of 1″ trim
  • twine or wire
  • paint of any festive colour
  • string of lights (I used Noma battery operated LEDs)
  • ornaments and
  • some friends*

For a 7 foot piece of wood, mark the following lengths:

  • 33″
  • 24″
  • 16″
  • 8″

My husband already had the circular saw out, so he just put a slight angle on it and started cutting each length with the same angles. You could just as easily leave the ends straight though.

What You Need to Do to Make a Christmas Card Tree:

Next step is to lay out the string on the floor in a Christmas tree shape, using the widest slat as your bottom measure. Put lots of extra string at each end so that you can wind it round the wood. Anchor the three points of the string with whatever you have handy and then lay the slats of wood down on top at equal distances apart to create a pine tree shape. (Ours are 8.5″ apart.) We used a hot glue gun to secure the slats and then wrapped the string around the wood slats once more to keep it flat when we hung it up. Once the glue is dried and you’ve tested out how well the glue has held up, trim your string.

To decorate, I added LED battery string lights, some small bells, and an ornament on the top of the tree. I kept those bits simple since the cards will steal the show. (That’s where the friends come into this craft…they supply the Christmas cards, of course.)*

We used what we had on hand to keep this craft simple, but you could get creative with some different items too.

Last year I made another rustic tree for my Christmas decor. I’m seeing this type of tree pop up all over the place now! (I’d love to say I’m a trend setter, but I’ll leave that to the people who must have done this first…) I just saw one in HomeSense and it had a much larger price tag than free.

A few sticks trimmed to size, attached by screws and sprayed white.

A few sticks trimmed to size, attached by screws and sprayed white.

So that was our first foray into the Christmas crafts for this year. I’ve got a few more up my sleeve to share with you over the coming weeks. I don’t start decorating til Dec. 1st, (which I hope explains why this post has few pictures….I don’t have any festive backdrops yet!) but with free time very precious these days, it never hurts for me to be prepared.

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8 Comments on Christmas Tree Card & Photo Display {A Holiday DIY Chez Newb}

  1. Sara
    November 21, 2014 at 8:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Gorgeous, Mere! I LOVE both the rustic and the minimalist tree-themed decor. My dad is helping me make a toddler-friendly Danish “filigrantrae” for our play room. We’re using hardwood dowels and are basing it on this design: http://marthaandtom.com/2010/12/a-pine-tree-for-christmas/

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  2. Meredith
    November 22, 2014 at 4:54 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks Sara! Love your tree too. Here’s hoping al l our kids leave the trees standing :)

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  3. Susan
    November 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks gorgeous against that dark wall!

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    • Meredith Newberry
      November 25, 2014 at 11:04 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks! And you’re right…it really does stand out on the dark wall. Maybe for a lighter wall, painting the slats a deep green, charcoal or red would be a knockout.

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  4. Anne
    November 22, 2014 at 6:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the simplicity of both designs, Mere. The card tree with the black background is gorgeous! Oh and you are one amazing trend setter! :)

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    • Meredith Newberry
      November 25, 2014 at 11:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Blush! Thanks Anne :-) I love having that black wall in the kitchen — it’s an instant gallery wall!

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  5. Lisa Goulet
    November 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Such cute and clever ideas Meredith. For my Christmas card display, I use double sided tape and put the cards in the glass sections of my interior french doors.

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