So you have all the big details figured out. Your caterer is all set, your florist is booked, and your hair and make up are going to be perfect. Now it’s time to zero in on the details. Here is a simple way to makeover a vintage find to serve as a card box as unique as you.
- Heavy Bond Craft Paper
- Paper Lace Doilies
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Glue Stick
- Sharpie or Chalk Pen
- Paper cutter (or scissors will work just fine)
Step 1: First, you need to decide on a size for the place cards. The rectangles I made my place cards from are 3 1/2 inches by 4 1/4 inches. That size will give you enough room for six cards per page of craft paper with just a little bit left over. Use a ruler to mark out the lines on the page. (Quick tip: after you do the first one, you can use that one to mark the rest.)
Step 2: Use a paper cutter or scissors to cut along the lines you made. I got my paper cutter at Staples. It was about $10 and well worth it. It cut the time to do this project by about a million percent! I cut over 75 of these in under 10 minutes.
Step 3: Next you will need to fold all those lovely squares you just cut out. If any of your pencil mark is still visible, make sure that you fold that to the inside on the place cards so it will not be visible in your finished product. I folded mine in half longways, but you could do it width-wise too if that is more to your liking. I used a ruler to make my folds very sharp. To do it, just make a rough fold and then press and drag the edge of the ruler along the folded edge. The result will be a very crisp fold.
Step 4: Next you can add the “lace.” I used a few different sizes of paper lace doilies to make these. I like that they are different, but if you wanted them to be uniform you would only use one size. There are variety packs of doilies available on amazon.com and, likely, at your favorite local craft store. I used a rotary cutter (you can use a pair of scissors too) to cut out the center flat part of the doily, since I didn’t need it.
Next lay the outer circle “lacy” part of the doily over your place card and cut a piece about the right size. Use the glue stick on the place card and then position your “lace” the way you want it. I found that putting the glue on the place card was better. When I put it on the doily, it seemed to flatten out the lace pattern and loose some of the finer detail that makes it so pretty.
Step 5: You probably didn’t cut the doily piece to the perfect size, so you will have some that hangs over the edge. Open the place card and place it face down then use scissors or a rotary cutter to cut the extra lace off. This is where the rotary cutter comes in handy. It cuts so close and quickly and doesn’t leave you with that crampy-hand feeling you get after you hold scissors for a long time!
Step 7: Let your place cards dry for a little while (I left them out over night). Then you can write the names on them if you have RSVPs already. I don’t have that information yet, so all of mine are blank, with the exception of the sample. I used my Maid of Honor’s name. I am banking on her coming!
Step 8: Stand back and admire place card number 1. You only have, what, 100 left to go? Thankfully, we are having a pretty small wedding (about 70 people). It might seem daunting to that many at once; it is! That is why I have been doing 10 at a time for a few weeks now.
If you decide to do this project or a variation of it please comment below and post a picture. I would love to see your take on it.