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Handmade Card Display Racks

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I got the idea for these racks from a photo that I saw on the internet.  There were no instructions to make the display but, the construction looked simple enough to figure out. So my husband Jeff and I headed out to the hardware store to get the necessary supplies.

Two sets of 2″ high door hinges $1.97 for a pack of 2 (screws included), Rustoleum spray paint  at $3.89 a can and some trim carpentry pieces that cost about $6 all together. I had to buy a bottle of wood glue too for around $4.00 We already had some MDF at home from previous projects. Total cost  was about $18. Total time about 1 hr. Finished result…Freakin’ Awesome!


The big board has two triangles cut from MDF that fold out so that the rack can stand. I wanted the rack to take up very little space when stored and that is why I used the door hinges to create a fold out stand.  The hinges are screwed into the MDF board from the back.


The trim pieces were glued together to make the shelves. Basically we used a 1/4″ x 1/4″ stick of wood for the shelf and a wood trim piece to make it look more finished. The shelf itself is just glued on to the board as well.  The smaller boards were made from a very thin wood so I had to glue the MDF triangles onto the back.

  Here is a look at the back of the largest board. (Guess who had to get in the picture. Zelda!)

My mother is really sweet but, she is also a worrier. She came by to see my card display and she expressed her concerns. “I just hope your cards catch peoples eye enough to make them want to buy something.”  she said. (Translation: “Oh no! I don’t think anyone will buy your cards!) But then she also said “How do you know that customers will pay for the cards at the door before they leave and not just shove them in their purses?” (Translation “Your cards will be so popular that people will be willing to go to  hell for stealing from a church craft fair.) Sigh. Moms. Can’t live with “em but, you can’t live without ’em!

Happy Stamping,


About cardsbymo

Paper crafting is my Yoga. It takes my mind off any stress that I might have at the time. My daughter loves to get involved in my projects too and it is a great way to connect with her. Sixteen years ago I began scrapbooking but, my new true love is card making!

8 responses »

  1. I just LOVE these display stands! How cleaver of you. People will LOVE your cards…. how could they not????!!!!!! xx Carolyn

    • Thanks, Carolyn. The show was a blast and my cards sold well too. I still wish I lived down under so I could take your awesome classes but, I am grateful for all of the lovely ideas you blog about.

  2. These display boards are fantastic! Such a simple but effective idea.
    ps, Don’t worry, you won’t have any problems selling these gorgeous creations!

    • Thanks for the love. The show went well and I sold nearly half of the cards I brought with me! I love getting my email when you post to your blog. You are an inspiration. Mo

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  4. Thanks for this great idea. I have a craft show soon and need to display cards and this is a fantastically easy and impressive way to show them off without spending much money. Keep bringing on great tips!

  5. WoW! I am so making that this summer when I am off work! Thanks a lot for sharing!
    What are the dimensions of the big one?


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