Merry Mail : Christmas Card Holder Made From Old Pallet


If there is one thing I love to do is to look at an ordinary, everyday item and give it a new lease on life. And an old  pallet is my absolute favorite material to work with, why because I can get as many as I want for free. I mean seriously who doesn’t love free?

So with a pallet in mind, I set out to make a cute fireplace screen that doubles as a Christmas card holder, 2 for 1. Don’t you love it when you can find more than one purpose for an item?  It is quite easy to make and require very little materials.


Materials Needed

  • An old pallet
  • paints
  • Can of green spray paint
  • Baker’s twine
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot glue gun
  • glue sticks


  • Spray paint the pallet green. Let dry.


  • Using conventional paints, write Merry Mail across the top of the pallet.


  • Draw a string of old-fashioned lights under Merry Mail and paint them. (Here is a secret tip- I used a black Sharpie to draw everything on the pallet before I painted it. See I told you I love Sharpies
  • Cut Baker’s Twine- the length of the pallet.


  • Lay several strands of baker’s twine on top of the pallet, making a criss-cross pattern.


  • Add hot glue to the ends of the string to secure in place. Also, place a dot of hot glue where each strand crosses over the other one.


  • Place in front of the fireplace and start collecting those cards. I added some cute mini clothespins I find in the dollar section of Target.


If you liked this fireplace screen, you should check out the one I made for Valentine’s Day.

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