I don’t know about you guys, but growing up my family was never fancy enough to have place cards at the Thanksgiving table. Sure we used real dishes and silverware (no plastic) and the food was ALWAYS amazing, but place cards were never really wanted (or needed) especially with unexpected guests usually walking in. So when I moved into my own house, I vowed to at least have a few get-togethers that would be fancy enough to warrant needing some pretty place cards. Enter in this idea!
The problem with Thanksgiving place cards is that they usually all look the same. They’re kinda boring and lacking in the color department, so I forced myself to think of a way to bring a little fun and color to the table this year. My inspiration was the love child of these two diys: faux porcelain cactus ring holders and tropical leaf magnets. I loved the look of the magnets, but knew they would need to be sturdier for a placesetting, so I thought, “Hey, can’t I just dip it in plaster?” So that’s what I did.
I LOVE the way these turned out and I hope you do too! Let’s get started with your supplies:
- 4×4 place card art photo prints
- thin permanent pen
- plaster of paris
- ice cold water
- a plastic throw away bowl or bucket
- a plastic spoon
- synthetic leaves
- wax paper
- washi tape (not pictured
- acrylic paint
- paint brush
Ok, so let’s first talk about the pictures I’m using for the place cards. They are very simple to recreate with whatever ingredients you’re using this Thanksgiving, or whatever veggies you think look the best. All you have to do is place the item on a simple background (here it’s painted wood), add in a small name plate above it, and take an aerial photo. Easy as pie!
Once you have your photos taken and your prints all ordered, we can start working on the place cards. First, you’ll want to write all your names on the photo prints. I preferred to do this by hand rather than print it on there because I prefer the look of hand lettering. But you’re welcome to take a photo with each name before you order them.
Now, get your plaster, the water, the bowl, and the spoon handy. Mix the plaster as the package suggests, but make sure it has a slightly thicker consistency. If it’s too thin it won’t stick to the leaves. Also, if you have a bucket that’s wide and deep enough, you might want to use that instead of a bowl. The way I did it really only coats one side of the leaf, which still looks great but is not as sturdy. Dip all of your leaves and leave them to completely dry on your wax paper.
Once the plaster is dry, tape off a section of your leaf with washi tape and color block the leaf with your desired paint colors. I decided to play off the colors from the photos I used: orange, yellow, and green.
When your paint is dry, your place cards are ready to go on the table! I love not only the way the leaves turned out (modern with a nod to the traditional), but I also love how simple this whole setup is. Nothing too fancy or too difficult, but still nice enough to prelude your Thanksgiving feast.
So what do you think? Will you try out these place cards this year? If you’re interested in seeing our full table for Thanksgiving this year, make sure to stay tuned for the next post! Here’s a sneak peek of the finished product!
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