LET YOUR SPEECH ALWAYS BE WITH GRACE, SEASONED WITH SALT, SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW HOW YOU OUGHT TO ANSWER EACH PERSON.                                                                                                                                                                                        COLOSSIANS 4:6


Just love the vintage shakers we've been seeing on Pinterest, so we thought it was time to make some.  These are quite easy to make and take a very small amount time.  They add such a vintage elegant look to your décor.

These are perfect for holding photos, place cards, food labels or little inspirational cards... like these from Live Oak Boutique.



  • Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers
  • Vintage Jewelry, Buttons, Charms
  • Ribbon
  • Wire (19 gauge annealed wire...this is a really nice weight...very pliable and easy to work with but strong enough to hold your cards and photos.)
  • Wire Cutters and Needle Nose Pliers
  • Dowel
  • Craft Glue such as E-6000 or Loctite Super Glue (gel control) 


  1. Collect vintage salt and pepper shakers.  These can be found at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique stores.
  2. Cut a length of about 12 inches of wire for a single card holder.  This is probably more than you will need...but better too much than too little.
  3. Run one end of your wire through two of the holes in the cap of your shaker, leaving a 2 to 3 inch tail.  Wrap the tail tightly around the base of your cap to secure.
  4. The remaining end will be holding your photo or card.  Wrap this end around your dowel at least two times...this provides a space to slip in your card or photo.  With our needle nose pliers add a small curl for a more finished look.  It also adds to the look if a few curves are added to the long section of the wire.
  5. If you are making a two card holder, you're going to need to cut a length of about 15 inches of wire.  Once again, run the wire through two of the holes in your cap, but this time, pull the wire about half way through the cap, forming two card holders in the same way as mentioned above in step 4.  Secure this wire to the cap with a small amount of craft glue.  Let this dry thoroughly before continuing.
  6. Decorate with ribbon, vintage jewelry, buttons and charms

You're family and friends are sure to be impressed when these show up on your holiday buffet or  table or perhaps just tucked into your holiday décor.