Whenever I look through those cute magazines that I pretend that my life is like, but really I can even afford a new cheese grater, you know Martha Stewart, Domino, Better Homes & Garden…Well, I found that one of the new hip and trendy holiday additions is place cards. I come from a family that isn’t that big, we never used place cards. I mean if we didn’t know someone’s name or where there were sitting at Thanksgiving, we had bigger issues to discuss. But these place cards, they have to be the cutest thing that has hit main stream since mini donuts. Like I said, I am not the kind of person who is financially stable enough to ball out on cute supplies or napkin holders, so I went outside. Using some supplies I found literally in my back yard, I jazzed up some of Mother Nature’s good and make my own. It really can be amazing what you can do on a budget. Here are three different variations:
I found a few small sticks, cut them and shaved the edges to make sure they were smooth. I then used a hot glue gun to connect the two pieces. They won’t fit perfectly but as long as they connect in a few areas you should be good.
I then spray painted them with a clear coat. This way they were shinier, and it would enclose any stray strand from the sandpaper. In between the two sticks, I place more hot glue and that’s where the name tag went (previously drawn)! To add a little color, I decided to add some berries (fake of course!).
Depending on where you live, there are all different pinecones (right?). I found two different types, and couldn’t decide which one to use so I chose both! For both cones, I wanted to spray paint them gold. I had to. It gives them a pop of color and also of course gives it that holiday feeeeling (that feeling I can’t describe, but you know what I’m talking about).
For one, I tied a small piece of string with a small label. The second, I was able to just slip a name label in! Of course you can decorate the label’s however you want, you can even print them out if that’s your thing. The color is also something that can be changed, you can even just paint the tips of the pinecone to give it a snow frost look.
What ones were your favorite?