Thursday, May 30, 2013

How To: DIY Wine Glass Place Cards

Today we thought it would be fun to share one of the smaller diy projects we made for the weekend wedding events coming up. I've always loved the idea of place cards and a seating chart, however our reception won't be a seated dinner, so we wouldn't need them for the larger of the parties.

Our rehearsal dinner will be much smaller though, with just around 18 people in our wedding party, so it proved to be a good excuse for me to pull out the crafting supplies and come up with some creative place cards! I'd seen and loved the concept of those place cards that seem to float off the rims of wine glasses and really wanted to try making them myself — I think they turned out pretty well:

Here's everything you need to know about how I we made them, in case you might like to make a batch of your own! You could make them in shapes other than hearts and they'd be cute for all sorts of entertaining — birthdays, holidays, and more.

Supplies Needed:
  • Heavy cardstock paper in color of your choosing
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Scissors
  • Felt tip pen
  • Gold doilies (optional)
  • Glue stick (optional)

First cut out a heart or shape of your choosing that you're happy with the size of for your place cards — you can use a template or free-hand it like I did. Once you have this basic shape, you can use it to trace all of your others to make each place card uniform.

Fold your cardstock paper in half, then trace half your heart along the folded edge with a pencil. I was able to get two heart shapes per sheet of paper I was working with. Then carefully cut along the traced line. You can erase any pencil lines you missed after cutting:

Pretty soon, you'll have a pretty stack of folded hearts:

I cut out a few extra hearts than I needed in case I messed anything up down the line.

Now we're gonna make the cut that allows these hearts to beautifully hang off the wine glass rim so effortlessly. While your heart shape is still folder in half, cut a diagonal slit about 1/4 of the way down the folded edge, like so:

I marked each of mine with a pencil first before making all the cuts to try to keep things uniform. If your cut is deep enough, you should be able to slide the little triangle slat you've created right onto the glass rim and it will stay perfectly in place, just like this:

If you have trouble getting it to slide on, you might need to make a longer slit cut or gently pull the slat away from the rest of the heart to slide it on without ripping the paper.

If you like, you can just add names and call it a day at this point. I wanted to go the extra mile for these, so out came the golden paper doilies and glue stick:

Gold is one of the colors in our wedding and we have traces of it throughout many of the details. You might recall, we even had gold doilies lining our wedding invitations. I thought it could be fun to try to weave this same theme into these place cards. I got a big pack of these doilies from Owl and Thistle on Etsy if anyone is looking to source them for your own projects. 

I wanted the feeling of just a touch of gold lace, so cut little caps from the doilies and glued them in place along one of the top corners of each heart:

Then we let them set out to dry for 24 hours and admired how cute they looked all laid out together:

Once the glue completely dried, I snipped any remaining doily paper hanging off the edges for a clean look and begged Stephanie, Tim's daughter, to write out all 18 of the names we listed out for the dinner. Her handwriting is much better than mine and a black felt tip pen gave the exact thickness and look we were going for with each of the names. She wrote each one out on a diagonal:

So that's that! So simple, right?

I love that we were able to make these ourselves with mostly materials we already had on hand, and they feel pretty fancy to boot! I also love how we were able to "lace" in some of the same theme we've incorporated into other wedding details (pun intended).

Tim's running them over to the restaurant tomorrow, so they'll all be set up when we arrive. I'm excited to see how they all turn out and what everyone thinks. I hope they will make for a nice personalized touch. Cheers to that!

*Post Wedding Update*
The rehearsal went swimmingly and we thought it would be fun to share a few pics of how they turned out all set up that night:

Read more about the rehearsal dinner table decor along with the place settings my mother made for my bridal luncheon in this post.

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  1. Those are darling! xx

  2. Great! Thanks for sharing :-)

  3. Thanks guys, they were a lot of fun and so easy to make! I hope you'll let us know if you try it out!