Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Easy DIY Christmas Card Display

Are you kids way over tired and a bit fractious at the end of the school year? A bit over excited about Christmas and summer holidays?
My two certainly were on Saturday afternoon.  OMG there was some stomping and yelling going on ...and perhaps I may have  partaken also:) I was tempted to give in and put a movie on for them but instead I gave them a fun task to do.

a DIY Christmas Card Display

I had found some louvre doors on a chipboard cabinet on the side of the road last week. I pulled them off (without a screw driver, just by twisting the hinges and breaking them a little) and bought the doors home with me.

I'm a firm believer that giving kids a fun task is a great way to put everyone in a good mood. Mummy included. So I mixed up some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (Tricycle). For this project I used about two tablespoons. I mixed it with water in an empty Jalna yogurt container, put the lid back on and shook until it was all the same consistency. I then let the kids loose. They know to not dip the paint brush too far into the paint and to not overwork their brush strokes. Because red is such a staining colour I got them to just paint in their undies so no photos of the kids for you!

Once the milk paint was dry, I gave it all a quick coat of spray can polyurethane just to stop it marking my walls. I then stapled some fabric on to the back and onto my wall trim to hang it all. Not the best method (and unfortunately not totally straight) but quick and effective and easy to pull down after Christmas. If I had time to think it out and plan I would have used that burlap upholstery trim with the red weave on it and measured so it was straight.

The cabinet door knobs work well as a place to hang a decoration.

Next time you see some old shutter doors on the side of the road, grab them!

How are you kids faring this close to the end of the school year? Although saying that, yesterday afternoon and evening my kids were divine and so sweet. Thank goodness. I think they know when they are pushing the limits!



  1. Looks fantastic, what great kids you have Fiona, you are a good mummy.

  2. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

  3. I love this idea and I am going to copy it-thanks-love dee x


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