When it comes to your wedding reception, place cards are extremely useful for seating your guests in an organized manner. They also provide another chance to emphasize your wedding’s theme, color palette, and overall vibe. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a pretty penny for a batch of personalized place cards. With this DIY tutorial, you can use ordinary clothespins to create simple and sweet place cards. And since wooden clothespins are both easy to find and extremely affordable, you’ll save some serious cash on this project. To top it off, fancy crafting skills aren’t required for this project. This is as easy as it gets!
- Paper or Fabric Flowers
- Fake or Dried Real Leaves
- Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue
- Decorative Scissors
- Scrap Paper
The number of clothespins that you need will depend on the total number of guests. You can easily find wooden clothespins at the grocery or craft store. You might even have a stash of them in your own home.
The paper and fabric flowers may or may not have a wire stem. If your flowers do have stems, be sure to cut them off with pliers or scissors. This will create a flat backing, making them easier to glue down.
Step 1: Using the hot glue, adhere a single leaf to the flat side of a clothespin. Position the leaf at an angle to create a more natural look. Both dried and faux leaves work perfectly.
As always, watch your fingers when using a hot glue gun. The glue can get very hot.
Step 2: Hot glue a cluster of flowers at the base of the leaf. While three flowers typically work best, a single flower can look just as pretty.
If you’re adding a cluster, use flowers in varying sizes and styles. This will create a more natural, organic vibe. You can even use smaller versions of the flowers in your bouquet or centerpieces. This is an awesome way to incorporate your wedding’s color palette into more aspects of your decor.
Step 3: Repeat with the remaining clothespins. Feel free to switch up the leaf and flower position on each clothespin. They don’t have to be exact replicas of each other, after all.
Step 4: Using a marker or pen, write each guest’s name and table number assignment on the scrap paper. Make sure the name is clear and easy to read. This will make the seating process as simple as possible.
Step 5: Cut out each name card using the decorative scissors. If you prefer a cleaner look, use a paper cutter to create name cards with straight edges. It’s totally up to you.
Step 6: Clip the name card to the glass using the floral clothespin. This creates an automatic seating card that is both beautiful and functional.
How easy was that? These clothespin place cards are the definition of budget-friendly meets charming. The best part is that the flowers will last well past your big day. Of course, you can always use real flowers, if you’d like. However, keep in mind that the flowers will have to be fresh; dried flowers can easily fall apart. This means that you’ll have to construct the place cards right before the wedding.
If you’d like to add more personalized touches to these DIY place cards, consider painting or staining the clothespins. You can also tie fabric scraps or ribbon to the clothespins; it’s totally up to you. Cheers!