How to Make Table Place Cards

As you plan a special meal, planning the seating arrangement goes along with setting the table. Make sure every guest will have a comfortable spot at the table and finish the seating arrangement by making table place cards to designate everyone's special seat. Incorporate part of your dinner theme into the place cards by adding small scrapbooking embellishments for a fancy touch that will add interest to your dinner table.

Draw one 3.5-by-3 inch rectangle onto a piece of coloured card stock for each place card you need for your table. Cut each rectangle out with the scissors. Fold each rectangle in half; crease the folds well.

Draw one 4-by-3.5 inch rectangle onto another piece of card stock in a different colour for each rectangle you cut out previously. Cut out each rectangle. Fold each rectangle in half; crease the folds well.

Layer a small and a large rectangle together with the smaller rectangle over the larger rectangle. Glue the rectangles together with the glue stick.

Write each guest's name on the folded rectangle, in the centre, to the left or to the right. Use a script-type font and make the letters neat and fancy suiting the theme of your dinner party. Write the letters large enough to enable your guests to read the names easily.

Decorate the place cards with scrapbooking embellishments. Cut an 8-inch length of raffia ribbon and tie it in a bow around the folded edge of the place card, so that the bow sits at the top of the place card. Add stickers around the names (either before or after the names) using stickers that match your dinner party theme. Glue die-cuts or ribbon bows onto the place cards to give them dimension and interest. Using a glue stick, apply a light coat of glue over the place card (it will disappear as it dries) and lightly shake glitter over the glue.

Things You'll Need

  • Coloured card stock
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Gel pen
  • Scrapbooking embellishments (stickers, raffia, ribbon bows, die-cuts and/or glitter)
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