how to make diy place cards in 8 easy steps

How To Make DIY Place Cards In 8 Easy Steps

You’ve finally decided to host a dinner party. Since you’re going to be making a fabulous meal, why not extend your hand and personal touch to the invites and place cards as well?

Using just paint, sponges, and a colored pencil, you can easily make your own simple yet elegant DIY place cards and invites.


  • Acrylic paint, 3 colors
  • Sponges
  • Colored pencil
  • Bristol board
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or Exact-o Knife
  • Cardboard
  • Paper plate or mixing tray

Step 1

diy place cards step 1

Determine the size of your invite and place cards and then outline them on the Bristol board.

Using Bristol board will ensure that the place cards hold their stance. We measured to be able to fold a 7×5’’ invite and 4×4’’ place cards.


Step 2

diy place cards step 2

Cut out your materials.


Step 3

diy place cards step 3

Line up your Bristol board pieces in a row and use the tape to mask off the area for your type to go.


Step 4

diy place cards step 4

On your paper plate, squeeze out a dab of each paint color.

Before sponging the Bristol board pieces, dip the sponge in the paint and dab it around on the plate first to avoid any heavy splotches on your soon-to-be invites.


Step 5

Dab on your first color and continue with the other two in a loose, spontaneous manner.

Wait for the paint to dry, and then remove the masking tape slowly.





Step 6

diy place cards step 6

Once your cards are completely dry, pick a colored pencil color that is a bit darker than the darkest paint color.


Step 7

diy place cards step 7

In a light, circular motion, outline the darkest paint color with the colored pencil. This helps to define the shape and give the card dimension.


Step 8

diy place cards step 8

Complete your creations by inserting a salutation on the front of your invite and the name of your guests on the place cards using the colored pencil.


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Paulina Kay

Paulina Kay

is an artist, photographer, kitten lover and milkshake enthusiast who grew up in Michigan and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in fine art and sunbathing. She hopes to one day marry Trueblood's Alexander Skarsgard.

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