Recently I ordered some cards from Vistaprint that have my artwork on them:
I got these to sell at the Fire + Ice opening night when I'll also be selling my RVA calendars along with some other prints. I was trying to find a cool card display to put these, but everything I saw was pricey and needed to be shipped from somewhere too far away to arrive in time for the show. So I went to trusty Pinterest and tried to find a DIY card stand. Not much showed up, I tried "DIY Greeting Card Stand" and was again surprised that there was not a lot to go on unless you wanted to destroy a cereal box and piece it back together to make something flimsy and unattractive.
Fortunately since I've started making my own panels again and my husband builds guitars, we have a lot of scrap wood around the apartment, along with wood glue, clamps and a small saw, which was all I needed to make my own design:
I started by gluing and clamping together three 1x2x12" maple cutting boards (two being glued together in left photo). Then I glued them to an old 1/4x12x12" Birch panel about an inch from the back (top left photo). Then I got some of Ben's scrap wood (that I don't know the name of) and cut it in half to fit the 12" Birch panel, making the piece 1/4x 2 1/2 x 12" which is wide enough to hold the cards. I attached this to the top of the three glued-together maple boards, then repeated the same process with only one maple board in the middle of the 12" square panel. I'm sure this sounds confusing but once you see the completed picture it'll all make sense! I wanted to have two tiers for the cards to be displayed, so one was 3 maple boards high, the other was only 1 maple board high. I put two thin bass boards on each end of the 2 1/2" wide wood to make it so the cards wouldn't slip off and ended up with this:
Obviously not perfect, but I think it's pretty cool! I'll probably end up painting it, because I paint everything, but for now I like the natural wood look.
Breakdown of Cost:
One Birch 12x12" panel - $2.09
Three $0.90 Maple boards - $2.70
Bass wood - around $2.00
2 1/2" wide wood - guess $5
Wood Glue $7 bottle - guess $0.30
Total Estimate = $12.09
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