DIY place cards with chalkboard

DIY place cards with chalkboardAre you ready for a party project from Man Podger David?  How about some DIY place cards using chalkboard paint? I would totally entertain all the time if I had an apartment bigger than Mod Podge Command Central. I would entertain so that I could make and eat cupcakes. And of course, make chalkboard place card holders just like these. Take a peek at this awesome tutorial from David, and don’t forget to visit all the recent Man Podger projects for decoupage from a dude’s point of view.
DIY place cards with chalkboardBeing in the “I Make Stuff” business as I am my seasons and holidays are all screwed up. I was working on Halloween in August and now I’m onto Thanksgiving before Halloween even happens. It’s also 90 degrees today in Los Angeles so I don’t know which way is up. Ah, well. Thanksgiving has always left me stuck decoration-wise.

I’m all about the 20s, 30s and 40s vintage stuff but vintage Thanksgiving is often, um . . . a little racist. And, I’ve got nothing against pretty leaves and such but they don’t do much for me. So, I decided to go a whole different direction and came up with a vintage travel theme for what will be my Thanksgiving table. I’ve made these place cards that could be used for assigned seating or identifying food at buffet.

I like this project because it’s totally versatile. You could use scans of record albums, vintage Christmas images, labels from The Graphics Fairy – anything that appealed and went with your theme. I’ve provided some maps for you to use if you’d like scaled to the size of the bases I used (please scroll to the bottom to download). My travel images are from the Dover Vintage Travel posters book. I just imported them into MS Word and then resized to my heart’s content.

You will need:


Taped Off1) Lightly sand the tops and edges of the discs and tags just to smooth them out a bit.

2) Using the 1 ½” painters tape mask off half of each of the tag.

Maps attached3) Prime the exposed side of the tag and set aside to dry.

4) While the primer is drying use your black Sharpie to “paint” the edges of the discs then cut out your circular maps and decoupage them into place and set aside to dry.

5) Now that your primer has dried give it a light sanding to smooth out any bumps and top coat with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions and set aside to dry.

6) Cut out your vintage travel images.

remove tape7) When the chalkboard paint has dried adequately, gently peel away the tape.

8) Use your Sharpie to paint the edges and, if you’d like, the back of the tag.

Finished Tags9) Mod Podge your vintage images into place making sure not to get any Mod Podge on the chalkboard area.

10) After about 20 minutes give both the tags and the bases a light coat of Mod Podge just to seal everything (once again making sure not to get Mod Podge on the chalkboard area).

11) While everything is drying use your Sharpie to “paint” the dowel black and then, using your miter box, cut it into 3 ½ inch lengths.

Mark Hole12) Once everything is dry, flip the bases over and place a piece of blue painter’s tape on the back and mark the center of the disc.

13) Now, place a piece of scrap wood on the table and place your base, face down, on top of it and drill through your center mark and into, but not through, the scrap wood (the scrap wood prevents the drill from creating “blow out” on the opposite side as it passes through).

glue gun it baby!14) Using your glue gun attach the dowel sections to the back of each tag.

15) Once the glue has dried and the chalkboard paint has cured as per the manufacturer’s instructions, write the names on the tags (it’s just easier to do it now but not necessary), and connect the tags with their bases. I found I didn’t need to glue them to their bases, and this way you can take them apart for storage.

DIY place cards with chalkboardNow you are ready to party – but don’t forget to download the art for your DIY place cards below:

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  1. Shar22 says

    I absolutely love this project! It’s great as is, but like you said has so many possibilities! Congrats!

  2. sisforsupplies says

    Love the project. I also carry a large variety of unfinished wood in my etsy shop that would work perfect for this project.