How to Build a Wood Greeting Card Display

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How to Build a Wood Greeting Card Display
Make a display to hold all of your cherished greeting cards. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Wood greeting card displays can be made from reclaimed wooden shutters. Old wooden shutters have a lot of character and can add rustic charm to nearly any style of home. You can make a freestanding display out of two shutters by hinging them together and turning them at a slight angle so that they stand up. Your greeting cards can slide between the slats on the shutters for an attractive display. You can dress up the display for holidays by adding coloured ribbons or other holiday themed items such as eggs for Easter or candy canes for Christmas.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 reclaimed shutters
  • Wire brush
  • Sanding pad, fine-grit
  • Tack cloth
  • Clear polyurethane spray
  • 2 hinges, screws included
  • Screw gun

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  1. 1

    Place the shutters on a work surface and brush all of the exposed areas with a wire brush to remove any loose paint or other debris.

  2. 2

    Sand the exposed surfaces of the shutters lightly with a fine-grit sanding pad to prepare the surface for the clear polyurethane finish. Wipe off all of the dust with a tack cloth.

  3. 3

    Spray on two even coats of clear polyurethane. Allow the first coat to dry at least four hours before applying a second coat. Allow the final coat to dry 24 hours.

  4. 4

    Position the shutters on a work surface as they would appear in a window opening. Align one hinge three inches in from each end where the shutters meet in the centre.

  5. 5

    Fasten the hinges to the shutters using the included screws and a screw gun. Stand the shutters upright and fold them inward slightly so that they stand up. Slide your greeting cards between the slats to display them.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint the shutters themed colours such as red and green for Christmas. Make displays for separate seasons and holidays.
  • Wear eye protection when brushing and sanding the shutters. Apply polyurethane in a well-ventilated area.

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