Displaying your place cards in a stylish and memorable way can set the tone for your entire reception, but that doesn’t mean to have to spend a lot of time or money on your entry table. In this one DIY post, we’ll show you three different ideas you can recreate using simple materials from your neighborhood craft store (and your toolkit!). It’s a fun, easy and inexpensive way to greet your guests with a touch of DIY style.
- Antique frame (we got this one for 50% off at the nearby craft store!)
- Twine and clothespins
- Cork board backing and pins
- Staple gun or small nails and hammer
- Place cards from Wedding Paper Divas (we used our Vintage Damask place cards and Tropical Bliss place cards)
Idea #1: Twine and Clothespins
We’ll use the same basic concept for all three ideas, so I’ll give you the detailed instructions here. The key for both twine and ribbon is to make sure they are super taught across the frame. To achieve this look, we recommend nailing small nails into the frame and wrapping the twine around it, or tying small knots in the ends of the twine and using a staple gun to affix them to the wood.
Make sure the lines are straight and well spaced to allow the cards to hang down. Also don’t try to overcrowd each frame—we think this idea would look fantastic with a variety of frames of different sizes instead.
Isn’t it pretty? It’s so simple, elegant and rustic, and yet it’s a total breeze to pull off. The photos in our office don’t even really do it justice!
Idea #2: Ribbons
You can cut out even more of the cost by swapping the twine and clothespins for simple ribbon in a matching shade. We followed the same steps, using a staple gun to securely fasten the ribbon to the back and keep each strand super taut across the frame. Then, instead of using the pins to keep the cards attached to the string, we simply draped them over the ribbons.
Idea #3: Cork Board Backing
We found a roll of cork backing at the craft store, and couldn’t resist the chance to create our own cork board using this pretty frame. We stapled the backing onto the frame, then used classic t-pins to attach the cards. You can also add little details or photos to the boards for an extra special touch!
Which look is your favorite? Are you planning to try any of them for your celebration? Leave us a comment and let us know!
Did you try out this DIY project at home? Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to feature your handiwork!