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12 Days of Christmas DIY Giveaway Day 11: Upcycled Sweater Christmas Card Holder!

2012 December 11
by Michelle

***UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Heidi! Thanks for entering everyone. Be sure you enter all the other giveaways that are live while you still can!***


Okay, so in hindsight maybe this type of craft is quickly becoming irrelevant. I realized this as I searched and searched to find a physical Christmas card. Like the kind that come to your house in an envelope with a stamp and everything. Turns out most of our friends and family are like us and send out electronic Christmas cards. But it’s still early and I’m holding out hope that some people will stick with tradition and our Christmas card holder will fill up with cards and photos of the people we care about most in this world.

So if you subscribe to the old ways, then a project like this might just be up your alley. If it is, then don’t forget to enter to win this very Christmas Card holder to proudly hang in your own home! See the end of the post to enter the giveaway!

Step 1: Get together your supplies…

Not pictured is a ruler for measuring.

I used a 12″ x 20″ section of a piece of foam board, but you could also use a piece of cardboard that’s laying around somewhere.

Step 2:  Slide your foam board inside of the sweater to make sure you have enough material to cover it with enough extra to wrap around the edges.

If you made the same mistake that I did, you may have an extra sweater or two hanging in your closet or up on a shelf somewhere that will never see the light of day. Perhaps you’re like me and relied too fully on the opinion of your husband in a Sam’s Club or Cost Co clothing section and believed him when he said you looked good in that sweater. Note to self, when the Hubbs shrugs and says, “Yeah…” Don’t believe it. Find a lady and subject yourself to her honest criticism and save $20 or more. So that’s where this sweater came from.

Step 3: Cut away the section of your sweater that you’ll be using. For me, I just cut along the seams up the sides, along the curves of the sleeves and around the neck area. I also cut a bit off the bottom since the knit pattern was different there.

Step 4: Now we’re going to attach the sweater to the board. First, lay your foam board on top of the wrong side of the sweater so that the pretty side is facing down onto your table. Glue down a small section in the middle  of your board along one of the edges. After that spot is secure, glue down the same sized spot on the opposite side of the board. Do this until the center section of each side is secure.

Continue gluing down small sections working from the center out and opposite corners. This is how you would upholster a seat or attach canvas to a frame. This technique helps you avoid warps in your fabric and that everything lay the way it’s supposed to. If you’re not sure that you’re pulling and gluing evenly, just make sure that the same section of knit that runs along the edge of your board is even all the way down

When you’ve worked your way into the corners, tug on the loose ends so that the fabric is where you want it to end up when you’re finished. Place a dab of glue on the corner and fold the corner down first (see pic below), then the tightest/shortest section next and lastly the longest and loosest section over on top. This will give you a nice neat corner. Repeat on all 3 other corners.

When you’re done gluing your board should look something like this.

Step 5: Now it’s time to add the crisscrossing twine. I chose bakers twine, but you could easily use yarn or ribbon. Attach one end of your twine with a liberal amount of hot glue; you don’t want the twine to come loose as you’re wrapping it around.

Like I mentioned before, my board is 12″ x 20″ so I wanted my string to hit the opposite corners at an angle in 5″ increments. So, measure 5″ from the edge and pull your string to that point and carefully flip the board over securing it in place with a few dabs of hot glue. Run the string straight down the back side of the board securing again when you get the the end. Repeat this process 2 more times at the 10″ and 15″ marks. Secure the twine when you reach the corner again by applying a generous amount of hot glue.

Just as before, run the twine straight down along the back and secure the string at a 45° angle to the bottom corner. The 5″ increments have already been created for you, so this saves you a step in measuring. Run the twine down so that the sections crisscross each other in the middle.and join at the opposite side. Repeat until all sides are done and secure twine on an angle with a bunch of glue.

Step 6: Now this step is optional. I didn’t include it in the list of supplies because it didn’t cross my mind until this point. The back was just so messy looking so I cut a piece of kraft paper 11½” x 19½” big and glued it to the back to cover all the strings and glue. In hind sight I should have waited until the last step to do this, but it looks much better covered up regardless.

Step 7: Now it’s time to add the boards embellishments. I wanted to be subtle and functional at the same time, so I chose thumbtacks. You may remember last years “Gilded” thumbtack wreath, ever since then there are always ample amounts of these babies in my drawers.

I started by putting a small dab of glue on the pointy end of the tack. My glue practically dried by the time I got a half way decent picture, so forgive the blur but I was trying to hurry. Push the pin down onto the sections where the strings cross each other and along the edges where the string goes behind the board.

Step 8: Now this is the step that I wished I had waited for before gluing down the kraft paper, but oh well it still works. Take a section of twine long enough to hang your board by and glue the ends to the corners of the board. This is also when you get to decide the orientation that you want your board; portrait or landscape.

Flip her over. Isn’t she fun. How very “green” of you to upcycle an old sweater, it’s just ironic that my sweater was already green.

Until one of you lucky readers wins this, it’ll reside on my wall awaiting some of those archaic things called Christmas cards along with day 9′s giveaway Christmas Tree String art, again until someone wins it. It makes our Advent calendar and the kids felt Christmas tree look more purposeful there, don’t you think?

Don’t want to go through all the trouble of making your own? This one could be yours, just enter the giveaway!

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Michelle

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7 Responses leave one →
  1. Deanna permalink
    December 11, 2012

    Egg nog. Even if I don’t win I just might make one of these! Love it.

  2. December 11, 2012

    I’m a huge fan of real, paper Christmas cards sent in the mail. Cute project!

  3. Sarah Loynes permalink
    December 11, 2012

    What a great idea!

  4. Caimbrin permalink
    December 11, 2012

    This is such a cute idea! Looks awesome!

  5. Caimbrin permalink
    December 11, 2012

    no nog!

  6. Lena permalink
    December 11, 2012

    Love your stuff michelle

  7. Falon permalink
    December 12, 2012

    yes egg nog mmmmmmm

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