Child Playing Card Holder

My son has a new-found love of playing Go Fish. It’s tonnes of fun, but we have a major problem: he can’t hold seven cards in his hand at one time. We’ve used cereal boxes to block them, but that makes it hard for him to reach around to the deck. We tried sticking each card in a little ball of Play-Doh stuck to the table, but that got pretty messy. It was getting frustrating for him, so I decided to look for a better solution. My sister told me about playing card holders, but she thought I could probably figure something like that out myself. Challenge Accepted. Here is my successful (YAY!) attempt at making a child’s playing card holder.


  • 17 inch long 2 x 4
  • Hand saw
  • Sandpaper (if you need to smooth out the ends of the 2 x 4)
  • Hammer
  • Two 3 1/4  inch nails
  • String (in the first picture I have twine but this turned out to be too thick to hold the cards. You can see in the next picture the string I ended up using)

Cardholder 2Cardholder 8


  1. Use the saw to score a line in the middle of the 2 x 4. This is to hold the cards in place, so it doesn’t need to be too deep, but it needs to be fairly straight. This should be easy if you’re using a long saw.
  2. Hammer in the nails at each end of this line.Cardholder 9
  3. Sand the ends of the 2 x 4 if needed. Cardholder 7
  4. Tie the string to one nail close to the 2 x 4. Wrap it from one nail to the other getting a bit higher each time. Cardholder 5

    That’s it! Now grab your child and deal! Hopefully this helps those little hands.Cardholder 4


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