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DIY Pumpkin Placeholder Tutorial

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This darling placeholder is the perfect addition to your holiday table. Let the guests take their name card home afterwards as a party favor or use them to decorate your home for fall.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden block
Orange acrylic paint
Foam brush
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Scissors
Angel hair vine filler
Green wired ribbon
Cinnamon sticks
Paper tag

Things to do:
1. First, paint your wooden block with orange acrylic paint. Let it dry before moving on to the next step.
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2. Next, we get to add the details! Gather a tight bunch of angel hair vine filler and use hot glue to attach it to the top of the wooden block.
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3. Snap a cinnamon stick in half and glue it to the top center of your wooden block to create a pumpkin stem.
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4. The final step is adding your name tag. Wrap a piece of green wired ribbon around the handle of your foam brush to add a curl. Slide the name tag onto the wired ribbon and wrap it around the cinnamon stick stem.
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5. Write your guests’ names on the name tags and enjoy!
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DIY Modern Corkboard Placecard Holders


These corkboard placeholders are perfect for a school lunch or child’s birthday party! Use them as a napkin ring or let the kids get crafty and make their own nametags! They’re super cute and super simple to make. perfect for an afternoon activity.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Cork sheet
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Scissors
Cardstock
Sharpie
Thumbtack

Things to do:
1. Cut a 1 1/2 inch strip off the bottom of your cork sheet. If your cork sheet is rolling, cut with the roll.


2. Draw a line of hot glue along the end of the cork strip and attach it to the other side, creating a circle.

3. Cut a small piece of cardstock and write the name on it with sharpie.


4. Attach it to the corkboard with a thumbtack.

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DIY Rustic Twig Placecard Holders Tutorial


Placeholders put the perfect finishing touch on your table for an intimate dinner party. These rustic forest placeholders perfectly complement an informal, family-style meal, creating a warm, handcrafted atmosphere.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Twigs
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Artificial greenery
Cardstock
Scissors
Pen

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating the base of your placeholder. Trim three twigs of different sizes so they’re roughly the same length and use hot glue to attach them, creating a small pile.


2. Cut off a small piece of greenery and use hot glue to attach it to the twigs. Play with different amounts of greenery until you find a look you like.



3. Cut a rectangle shape out of cardstock and write your guest’s name on the front. Slip the cardstock into the twigs and display it.


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DIY Art Easel Placecard Holder


Mix and match different paper straws to create mini art easels to display your guest’s names. These creative placeholders are super cute and easily customize to complement any party theme.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Paper straws
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Cardstock
Pen

Things to do:
1. Cut two straws in half.


2. Apply a drop of hot glue inside the end of your straws and press the sides together, creating a seal.

3. Use hot glue to secure two straw halves together into a V” shape.


4. When the glue is dry, apply a third straw to the back of the V,” creating a tripod.

5. Glue the last straw to the front of the tripod. This is what supports your name card.


6. Write your guest’s name on a piece of cardstock and display your mini artwork.

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DIY Pretty Pinecone Placecard Holder


Let your guests know where to sit in style! This placeholder adds the perfect rustic touch to your dinner party, bringing a touch of the woods indoors.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Small Wood Slice
Small Pinecone
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Mod Podge
Small Paintbrush
Epsom Salts
Chalkboard circles
Chalk Pen

Things to do:
1. First, use hot glue to attach the pinecone to the small log slice. Let the hot glue dry.

2. Next, we’re going to cover the tips of the pinecone with Epsom salts. Apply a generous amount of mod podge to the tips using a paintbrush and sprinkle Epsom salts. Allow time to dry. Repeat this step until all of the tips have been covered.



3. The final step is writing on a chalk circle. Once you’ve written your guest’s name, slide the circle into the top of the pinecone.

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DIY Rustic Wood Slice Placecard Holder


This fun DIY lets you decorate for your next party in style! Assign your guests a place at a table and let them take home the cute log slice as a party favor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Small wood slices
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wood burning tool
Jute
Scissors
Mini Clothespins
Chalkboard circles
Chalk Ink Pen

Things to do:
1. First, use a pencil to sketch an outline of the table number onto your log slice. Once you’ve found a look that you like, use your wood burner to burn it on. For my numbers, I used the medium sized tip.


2. Use hot glue to attach a mini clothespin to the back.


3. Cut a 12-inch piece of jute and use it to tie a bow through the hole on the chalk circle. Trim any excess.

4. Use a chalk ink pen to write the name of your guest on the circle.

5. Clip the chalk circle into the clothespin and enjoy your event!

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Origami Place Card Holders


Origami Place Holders are an easy way to make dinner guests feel welcome. You can make large numbers of these place card holders very quickly with just a few simple folds and cuts. Use colorful paper to create handmade placeholders for your wedding or your next dinner party. Special markers or pens add an artistic touch to your place cards as well. Make sure to use a straight edge or ruler to measure out your place cards before cutting them so that they will all be the same size, or just use pre-measured name cards.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age: Adult
Required time: less than 5 minutes (for about 6 place card holders)

Things you’ll need:
Colorful origami paper
Thick card stock paper (for your name cards)
Artistic pens or markers
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Fold your origami paper in half.
2. Cut along the fold.
3. Take one of the cut halves of your paper and fold down one short edge about 1/4 in.
4. Begin folding the paper back and forth on top of itself, creating 1/4 in folds all along the rectangular paper.
5. Open the folded paper and make a cut between every 2 folds.
6. Place your name cards between the two folds of each place holder.
7. Set your place holders above each guest’s table setting so they know where to sit.

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Spring Egg Placecards

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Having a Spring Party? Why not add a little color and fun to your table with these cute egg placecards?

Things you’ll need:
Wood egg cups
Craft paint in spring colors
Hard-boiled eggs
Food coloring
Paintbrushes

Things to do:
1. Paint the egg cups with two coats of craft paint, including the inside of the cup. Allow the paint to dry and add polka dots if desired.
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2. Using your finest paintbrush, paint on the names of your guests with the food coloring. Allow the food coloring to dry completely before moving.
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3. Set the eggs in the cups and you are ready to go!

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Burlap Button Turkey Placecards

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Every year, my parents host a Thanksgiving Dinner for the international graduate students in my Father’s department. It’s a great opportunity to get to know these kids and to help them feel a little more at home in their temporary country. It’s also the perfect time to share traditions since Thanksgiving is pretty much Unique to North America. Over the years there have been a lot of laughs and questioning looks over Thanksgiving fare. Spray whipped cream? Dessert made from a squash? Do you eat like this everyday?

This year I’m helping out by getting the table decorations set for the big meal, and along with the centerpieces and the white tablecloths, I’m making one of these turkey place cards for each guest. They’ll help get everyone seated in good order and are pretty, without being stuffy, after all, this will be a multi-generational meal, so the crystal is staying in the cupboard. Gobble Gobble!

Things you need:
1″ covered button kit
Burlap fabric sheet
Scissors
Fall colored cardstock
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Using the guide in your button kit, cut circles from your wool scraps.
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2. Press the fabric and button cover down into the holder and insert button back according to the package directions. Repeat for the number of placecards needed.
3. Cut 5 feathers and one head from your cardstock for each place card.
4. Cut a 4″ x 5″ square of cardstock for each place card and fold in half along the longer side.
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5. Fan out the feathers and glue onto one side of the card, centering the head in the middle.
6. Glue the button in place for the body.
7. Inscribe each card with the name of a guest and set the table for Turkey Day!

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Our Acrylic Ball Ornaments Get Their Debut in the Production of “The Frogs”

Our acrylic ball ornaments can be used for a variety of things. We have seen our acrylic ball ornaments used for Lady Gaga Halloween costumes, ornaments for the holiday season, and gift card holders. Now our acrylic ball ornaments have made their debut in the production of “The Frogs” at Marist school in Atlanta, Georgia. Marist school used the acrylic ball ornaments for the frog’s eyes! Very cool!
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