I have always been partial to place cards. There’s something about the elegance they add to a table that elevates dinner to an event. I especially love that these are something I can use again and again!
These place cards are easy to make in a couple of hours. I am even more happy that they aren’t only for one-time use. With a little water and a q-tip, you erase the name at the end of the night, and they are ready again for your next event.
DIY Instructions for Geo Chalkboard Place Cards
Martha Stewart Clear Multi-Surface Chalkboard Paint (found clear at Michael’s)
Martha Stewart Glittering Glue
Martha Stewart Vintage Leaf Glitter in Gold
Masking Tape (I used some washi tape I had on hand, but if you have 1/8″ tape and 1″ wide tape, you’d be sitting pretty!)
Balsa Wood Rectangles/Slats (5 1/4 x 3 1/2), similar to these
Chalk Pencil, similar to these
Craft Knife (not shown)
Ruler (not shown)
Acrylic Sealer (not shown)
Paint each place card with Martha Stewart Glittering Glue or other craft glue. Sprinkle glitter on top of glue areas. Pat with finger. Let dry mostly. When the glue is still slightly tacky, remove the 1/8″ tape. Important: Leave the 1″ tape across where the name will be written for now.
When dry, clean up edges a bit with a craft knife and ruler if needed. If you use finer glitter, you’ll be able to skip this part. Leave the name tape on and spray place cards with an acrylic sealer (or apply another coat of glue to seal the glitter.) Remove name tape AFTER application of the sealer.
Print out names of party guests in a calligraphy font, like Bombshell, the one shown. I love this font–it’s been worth every penny! You can find free calligraphy fonts here, as well. Simply mimic the font in a chalk pencil on the name section of the place card. It’s a lot easier than it looks and when you thicken the line where it’s thick, and keep it thin where it’s thin, it works pretty darn well!
When you’re done with your party, take a q-tip and water and erase the name. The water got the card pretty clean. I used a touch of alcohol to take away the last bit of residual color but don’t use too much or it will dissolve the chalkboard paint.
Voila! Give it a whirl this holiday season and add a touch of glam to your table for years to come!