We do not have a fireplace in our little home. In fact, horizontal display space is at a premium around here.
On top of that fact, I find lots of random cards on a shelf looks a little messy.
It is fun and would keep all the cards together in a great display.
I made my version with a few changes. I wanted to have the birthday numbers premade (blocks worked for that job) and I also wanted to incorporate the person of the moment’s name (in walks the chalkboard plaque).
As with most projects, this took longer than expected. I love the ending result, but jump to the end of this post to find out what I would have done differently. There were a couple of road blocks (pun intended) and steps that I probably would do-over.
I started with a 2×4 that I had cut down while I was at Lowes. One length was 18 inches. The other two were 6 inches. I also grabbed some 1 inch blocks at a craft store. When I got home, I realized that the blocks were too short. So, I cut a 3×3 square of leftover plywood – which raised them up to a perfect height.
After a little sanding – I primed and sprayed all the pieces white. I focused on the edges, since I knew that was the only surface that would show after I covered them with paper. (this actually was my first misstep in this project)
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