Saturday, March 28, 2009

Place Cards...Weddings, Dinner Parties etc..

I accidentally stumbled into creating place cards for my shop. I was getting so many requests to turn my existing tags into place cards that I decided to go ahead and offer them in the shop. Since it was am after thought, I never really stopped to think how to use them in a place setting until one of my new customers asked me. So all day Thursday I thought about and then headed to Hobby Lobby to pick up a few things (most of the stuff I already had on hand). The goal was to keep it simple and keep it economical.

First up is a *Wine Cork*:

We have tons of these in a pretty jar that I intend to make into a bulletin board one day. I simple took a craft knife and slit a hole in the end of the cork and slid the place card into that. The cost...well the cost of the bottle of wine, but let's be honest, it will be consumed. Am I right?

Next a faux *Pear*:

or you could use a real pear, just hang the tag from the stem.

A miniature doll house *Park Bench*:

these are found in the miniature doll house aisle at Hobby Lobby, the cost was $1.99 for one bench. There may be a cheaper place to find these online.

A *Simple Chair*:

this too was found at Hobby Lobby. It was unfinished so I painted it black and now look how cute this is:

A Jar of Rosemary/Mint Salt Scrub (recipe to follow):
these would be cute as a place card for a bridal luncheon or any type of girly gathering.

*Framed Cork Board*:

this is a frame from the dollar store, it is a little larger than I would probably use for the size of the place card, but again I was using things I had on hand. I also make table numbers and they would be super cute attached to this in the middle of the table. I used some cork sheets (purchased at Michael's awhile back) cut to fit the frame. I removed the glass from the frame and re-attached the back. I then used a push pin to attach the place card. There are so many cute push pins out there these days. You could hot glue a jewel or something to match your theme to the pin and voila, instant cuteness. I could go on, but I think you get the idea...right?

*Framed Hook*:

another dollar store frame. It was black, but I got out the paint and distressed it a little. I removed the glass from the frame, cut some pretty scrapbook paper to size then I got my drill out (yes I have my own drill, hubby got it for me so I wouldn't be tempted to use his) I attached the hook (purchased at Hobby Lobby on sale 50% off so it was 1.50) in place with some stolen umm I mean borrowed screws from hubby's shed. The I put the frame back together and hung a simple tag from the hook.

*Mr. Blue Bird*:

You can used whatever kind of bird you want, I am just partial to *blue birds*. The birds came in a set of two as did the nests, all from Hobby Lobby, on sale for $1.00. I got the hot glue gun out (gosh I love playing with hot glue, except for the strings it leaves everywhere, maybe my glue gun is just old who knows) anyway. I then made a clippy stand thingy to attach the card with. I used an alligator clip and a ballpoint stick pin purchased from the jewelry making aisle at... you guessed it, Hobby Lobby. I attached the clippy thingy to the bird and tied some raffia around that to make it come together. Then clipped on one of my *little birdie* cards.

These are just a few simple ideas I came up with really quick, I tried not to *over think it* which I can sometimes do.

I did price a variety of place card holders while I was shopping and the average cost was anywhere from $1.99-$2.99 each. I haven't looked online to see what all is available yet.

I did a post awhile back about one of my customer's use of the place cards and table numbers.
First row, third picture are the cute honey place cards. Then the second row, first picture are the table numbers I created.

You can find the article here.
Do you have any ideas you want to share? Have you used my tags in a creative way? Please send me some pics, I want to see. :)

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Sylvia C. said...

these all look great. i am happy to see you have another niche!


Sylvia C.

Judy said...

I love them all, especially the framed hook! You've got it girl!
love ya,


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