Shop This Project

Shop This Project

Shop This Project

Shop This Project

Giant Greeting Card Yard Decoration for Christmas

Article Posted By: Home Depot Staff

Shop This Project

Shop This Project

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration

When it comes to Christmas decorations for your yard, we say GO BIG with a giant greeting card. With a few tools, some plywood and exterior paint you’ll be ready to show your holiday spirit.

Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to learn how to it make your yard the neighborhood’s main attraction this season.


How to Build the Giant Greeting Card

Materials for Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration

Materials Needed


Step 1: Measure, Mark & Cut Wood for Card

Using a circular saw, cut two pieces of ¾-in. plywood to 7-ft. x 4-ft. This will be the front and inside page of the card. Next, using 1-in. x 3-in. select pine, cut out 4 pieces, at 48 inches long and 4 pieces, at 85½ inches long. These pieces will frame out each page of the card.

NOTE: When cutting wood, always clamp it down to a stable work surface. Wear safety glasses, ear plugs and work gloves as your tools require.

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration


Step 2: Paint the Plywood

Next, roll on Behr Premium Plus EXTERIOR paint in Ultra Pure White. Paint both pieces of plywood, front and back, then allow them to dry.

Dry time varies depending on the environment.

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration


Step 3: Draw & Cut Out Reindeer

Using a Sharpie marker, freehand a reindeer onto ½-in. plywood, then cut out along the line using a jig saw.

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration


Step 4: Trace Letters onto Plywood

Print out letters or use stencils for the lettering on your card. We printed out large scale letters, then cut them out. Once the overall design was tweaked and finalized, we traced around the outline of each letter with pencil.

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration


Step 5: Paint Letters

Using a fine artist’s brush and Behr Premium Plus EXTERIOR paint in Hills of Ireland green and Dark Crimson red, fill in the letters.

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration


Step 6: Paint Reindeer and Trim Pieces Red

Using Behr Premium Plus EXTERIOR paint in Dark Crimson Red, along with an angled paint brush, paint the reindeer you cut out in Step 3 and all eight pieces of 1-in. x 3-in. trim you cut out in Step 1.

Allow this to dry.

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration


Step 7: Paint Snowflakes and Trees Green

Using Behr Premium Plus EXTERIOR paint in Gingko Green, paint snowflakes and trees onto the plywood.

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration


Step 8: Add Red Trim to the Card’s Edges

Using the red 1-in. x 3-in. trim you cut in Step 1, frame out the two pieces of plywood to give them a more finished look.

Attach the pieces using a finish nailer and some 1½-in. finishing nails.

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration


Step 9: Attach Reindeer

Using the finish nailer, attach the reindeer to the plywood.

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration


Step 10: Add Hinges

With the plywood lying flat, use your drill to attach one side of each strap hinge to the “inside” of the giant greeting card, and use touch-up paint so that hinge is camouflaged.

Next, stand the boards in position and attach the other side of hinge to the back of card “cover.”

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration


Now, just give the giant greeting card a place in your yard. It’s bound to a favorite Christmas yard decoration.

Giant Greeting Card Christmas Yard Decoration


Check out more DIY projects here on The Home Depot Blog. Follow our DIY Projects board on Pinterest for more DIY tutorials and ideas.

Visit our Holiday Decor Department for everything you need to decorate for Christmas.