How to make a tabletop menu holder

Updated April 17, 2017

Tabletop menus are used for many types of events, such as weddings, anniversary parties and banquets. Standard tabletop menu holders are available; however, they tend to be quite generic. If you would prefer more attractive menu holders that match the theme of your event, consider making them yourself.

Purchase picture frames that match the colours and theme of your event. For example, if you are making tabletop menu holders for a beach wedding, you may want to choose blue frames decorated with seashells. Alternatively, you can purchase plain picture frames and decorate them yourself using a hot glue gun and craft supplies, such as beads, ribbon and glitter. Be sure to purchase enough frames for your event -- one per table -- and choose frames that are large enough for your menus but not so large that they dominate the tables.

Create your menus, ensuring the size matches the size of your picture frames. Get creative, play with different fonts, sizes, colours and layouts and choose quality paper that matches your theme. You can search for paper at any art supply or office supply store.

Insert your menus into the picture frames, being careful not to bend them.


When you're ready to place your menus on the tables, make sure they are situated at the head or edge. If you place them in the middle, only the guests facing the right side of the menus will be able to read them, while the others will be staring at the back of a picture frame.

Things You'll Need

  • Picture frame
  • Coloured paper
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Beads, ribbon, glitter (optional)
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