These DIY place card holders are completely unique! You can re-use them for every new party or holiday. Get a free printable too!
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 DIY place card holders just like these.
I’ve got the perfect DIY place card holders to share with you today! Being 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 90º 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 “culturally inappropriate.” And, I’ve got nothing against pretty leaves and such, but I wanted to go a different route this year.
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 DIY place card holders 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.
DIY Place Card Holders
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:
- Round wood discs – 3” diameter
- Wood tags 2” x 3” (also from Michaels)
- Printable map sheet
- A ¼ inch wood dowel
- Chalkboard paint
- Drill with a ¼ inch drill bit
- Hot glue gun
- Mod Podge Matte
- 1 ½ “ painters tape
- Black Sharpie
- Saw or miter box
- Fine grit sandpaper
1) 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.
3) 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.
7) 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.
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.
12) 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).
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.
Now you are ready to party – but don’t forget to download the art for your chalkboard place card holders HERE!