DIY Playing Card Specimen Art

Happy Monday, lovely friends! I hope y’all had a great weekend. I spent Saturday morning yard sale-ing with my sister for the first time this Summer. Lame, I know. And then I met up with my boys and we hit the farmer’s market, Hobby Lobby and Panera for lunch. What a fun day!

I’m so excited to show you the DIY Playing Card Specimen Art that I created! A few months ago I found this incomplete set of Old Maid cards that were my Granny’s. I have such incredibly fond memories of playing Old Maid with her. I wanted to do something special with the cards, so I finally decided to create wall art for my boys’ room.

Specimen Art

Oh my word! Swoon. I just love that this piece of “art” is adorable and meaningful at the same time. I think you could make your own “art” with this same concept, just with different cards if you wanted to.  You could use old or new cards and even if the set is incomplete that is no big deal. :) Playing Card Specimen Art is perfect for kids’ rooms, class rooms, bonus/game rooms and anywhere else you want to add a fun, quirky vibe.

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Let me show you how I made mine. It was so easy and I had it done in less than an hour. :)

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Supplies Needed:

  • Playing cards
  • Frame {I bought mine at Hobby Lobby a few months ago when it was 50% off.}
  • Fabric {Mine is from the remnant bin.}
  • Adhesive – glue dots, hot glue gun or tape {I used a glue gun.}
  • Ruler and scissors

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Remove the glass from the frame. Using the cardboard backing as a pattern, cut the fabric to fit. Attach fabric to the cardboard. I just glued the corners and sides down. Be sure to smooth the fabric so there are no bunches.

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Next, do whatever is easiest for you. You can attach the cards next or put the fabric covered cardboard back into the frame. Either way works.

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Then, place the cards and get them arranged just so. Make sure everything is lined up and then begin gluing the cards down. I glued down the top row and the left side first and then finished with the other cards. Having the rows set helped keep everything pretty straight.

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Love it!

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The Old Maid has seen better days. I love that she’s taped. Aren’t her pursed lips the best?! Ha! Oh, and the names of the vintage Old Maid characters are so fun!

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I’m just really happy to have these sweet cards in a place that they will be safe. {Yes, I’m putting the glass back in. Taking photos with a glass reflection isn’t pretty.}

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Happiness! Now, go forth and create some Playing Card Specimen Art for your home! :)

Did you ever play Old Maid with a similar set of cards? I recently bought a new set to teach Ridley how to play. He likes playing cards!



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  1. Myra,
    Swoon is right!!! I not only have fond memories of playing “Old Maid” with my grandmother, I had that same set of cards!! I’m not sure if they are still around, but what a great idea to display them! Thank you so much for sharing – you made my day!

  2. Oh, Myra! How cute?! I just love finding new way to display all of those treasured memories! It beats tossing them in a drawer, never to see the light of day! (Or maybe that’s just my house!) I just LOVE it!! :)
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  3. This is such a precious way to preserve such a special memory. I’m pretty sure this is one of my favorite crafts of yours. I also had this exact set of cards……I only wish I knew what happened to them. Thanks for a walk down memory lane this morning.

  4. I love this idea! Would also be cute with paper dolls!

  5. What a great idea Myra! I love how yours turned out! Thank you for sharing this creative idea. I can’t wait to make on for myself.

  6. I must say, I’m inspired! That is the same set my brother and I played with growing up. They were my grandmother’s cards.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  7. I had that same set as well! It was so awesome to see those pictures with their cute names! This is a great craft… love it and thanks for sharing.

  8. What size frame did you use? Love this! Going to make one for our game room.

  9. That is so cute!! Gave me lots of ideas, thanks!
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  10. Cynthia Ann Jackson says:

    This was a great way to honor your memory of your grandmother. I love it! You did a great job.

  11. Love, love, love! I think we played with the same set of cards as kids — at my Grandma’s house! Thanks for bringing back such a heartwarming memory for me.
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  12. Laura Russell says:

    So cute. We had those at my great aunt’s house. Our’s were minature. We also had a game called authors. What a great idea!


  13. It turned out so sweet! What a great idea. :)
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  14. Oh yes. I am much older than you are and our set was the same. Even my girls was the same one. Wasn’t everyone’s Old Maid marked up SOMEWAY?!!! Oh kids. We thought we were so clever:-)
    This is a fun display. Thank you for sharing :-)

  15. LOVE it! now to find our old playing cards :)
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  16. Courtney Taylor says:

    Oh Myra! This is just as sweet as can be!!

  17. Love! Love! Love this, Myra! :)

  18. I loved that game and my mom probably still has our cards. What a great idea!!!
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  19. I had that same set of cards as well! Loved all the characters!

  20. I love this!!! What a cute way to create a keepsake!

  21. Love this idea. What a great way to display something that brings back fond memories.
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  22. what a great idea. You make it look so simple, will have to try this with some of our old picture frames

  23. I absolutely LOVE this. I had this same deck of cards when I was little! I would love for you to share this at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday Party over at Krafty Cards etc. Thanks so much for the inspiration, I’m going to my mom’s tomorrow and look for these cards!
    Maria @ Krafty Cards etc.
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  24. I just love this Myra!
    Thanks for linking up! I shared your post in my wrap up Have a great rest of the weekend!
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  25. Love this!! I think it would make a great gift for someone!

  26. What a great idea! And I think the taped and bent cards are the best ones :)


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