DIY holiday projects

Jeannine Stein, author of "Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books From Recycled and Repurposed Materials" offers DIY projects for the holidays. (Los Angeles Times/Ricardo DeAratanha)

Earlier this year we asked Jeannine Stein, author of "Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books From Recycled and Repurposed Materials" to come up with a few DIY projects for the holidays. One idea she had was this card hanger that can display dozens of holiday greetings and is easy to put together.

When made with cardstock, the panels are sturdy, and each will hold several cards. Make them in different colors and patterns and hang them up all year to store letters, bills, tickets, coupons and grocery lists.

Instructions are below, and to make things even easier, use the pdf template (attached) to get you going.

Materials:
Several sheets of legal-size paper
Large sheets of cardstock
Scissors
Craft knife
Strong double-stick tape
Scoring tool (also called a stylus)

Instructions:
Print our template on legal paper

Trace the pattern onto cardstock.

Cut on all solid lines with a scissor or craft knife and score on all dotted lines with a scoring tool.

Cut star shapes with a craft knife, making sure not to cut through at the top and bottom.

Fold the bottom panel up and fold the tabs toward the back, adhering them with double-stick tape. Carefully pop out the star shapes.

Inserting the top tabs into the slits in the back of the panel above it to link them together.

Jeannine Stein's DIY Gift wrap

You don't have to leave home to create one-of-a-kind gift wrap that will set your packages apart. Turn plain brown grocery bags into stunning wraps using scraps of paper found around the house, some shoe polish and a few simple tools. There's no need to spend $8 or more for a roll of fine wrapping paper when materials are free and right at your fingertips.