How to Make Place Card Holders

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How to Make Place Card Holders
Place card holders assist in the seating at wedding receptions. (A. Johnson)

Place cards provide a traditional touch to a party or event. They are often used in formal settings, such as weddings or bridal showers, to identify the seating arrangement. They can also be used at formal dinner parties or other special occasions where you want pre-assigned seating. The cards themselves can be created on a computer, and printed off onto cardstock paper. The place card holders are used to individually hold each card.

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Things you need

  • Metal butterfly clamp
  • Base object
  • Hot glue gun

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    Decide on a theme for your party or event. The place card holder should reflect that theme. Make one sample holder, and if you like the way it turns out, replicate for the number of place card holders you need. For example, if you are making place cards for a golfing event, you could use a golf ball as the base for your place card holder. Visit the dollar store, or look around for small, inexpensive objects that are in theme with your event.

    How to Make Place Card Holders
  2. 2

    Add a balancing base to your object if it rolls, which would happen with a golf ball. To do this with a golf ball, a penny or washer can be secured to the bottom of the ball using a hot glue gun.

    How to Make Place Card Holders
  3. 3

    Match an appropriate size butterfly clamp to the base you choose. A metal butterfly clamp resembles a twisted paper clip. You will want to affix it to the back or top of the base you choose, using a hot glue gun. Don't choose a clip that is too heavy for the base, or it will topple over.

    How to Make Place Card Holders
  4. 4

    Leave the "wings" of the butterfly clamp peeking up over the top of the base. The bottom portion of the clip should be hidden behind or tucked into the top of whatever base you decide to use.

    How to Make Place Card Holders
  5. 5

    Slip a place card into the top of the butterfly clamp, and make sure your holder doesn't topple over. If you are happy with how it turned out, make more for your party, one for each guest.

    How to Make Place Card Holders

Tips and warnings

  • Tiny frames purchased at the dollar store make attractive place card holders.
  • Objects like pine cones won't need a clip, as the card can be tucked into the cone.

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