Easter DIY Place Cards That Will Have Your Guests Hopping
Sinkology is proud to present Kristan Allen, our design expert and guest blogger who runs the @FarmhouseRedefined Instagram. Kristan is here to share some design ideas and inspiration around designing your home around your copper sink.
Easter is right around the corner and even though it’s happening a lot later than last year, I still feel like the holiday is sneaking up on me! I already had a good start on spring decorating, but I’ve spent the last week stocking up on candy and basket fillers and planning my menu. I host an early dinner for our family, which has grown to include a lot of little ones. Regardless of the holiday, I always look for easy ways to make a gathering more fun. One of my go-to tips – make place cards! I used to feel like place cards were for more formal occasions (ahem, weddings), but I started using them for holiday dinners and get-togethers and everyone loves them!
Whether you’re concerned about assigned seats or not, place cards are a creative way to personalize a table and welcome your guests in style. For me, Easter always evokes a sense of whimsy and fun with the dawning of spring and warmer weather. I took these feelings and designed a super-cute bunny place card that is perfect for the young and young at heart! These little guys can even be used as Easter basket/gift tags. Take a look at the steps below to get started on creating and personalizing your own bunny place cards.
Bunny Place Cards
What You’ll Need:
- Sheets of white cardstock
- Various pens/markers in your choice of colors
- Glue stick (optional and only if you want super-thick cards)
- Small hole punch
- Small-to-medium gauge copper electrical wire
- Wire cutters
Step 1: Print the Starter Template (or Create Your Own!)
You can get as creative as you want with this place card. I made a quick template you can print on cardstock to get started. Or, you can try your hand at creating your own template. I literally used Powerpoint to create each face with simple shapes. Any word processing or design software will work! Or you could try simply drawing your bunny faces on cardstock.
Step 2: Personalize
If you opted to make your own template using a computer program, you could type in each name in your preferred font before you print the sheet and cut out your cards. This is definitely a little faster, but I think hand lettering is just as fun! Get creative with print or cursive and try different markers (metallics are my fave)!
After you’ve added your names, either by typing them out or by printing the sheet and hand lettering each one, cut each circle out. If you want the cards to be really thick, print the template and then use a glue stick to glue the entire template sheet onto another sheet of cardstock. Let it dry and then cut each circle out.
Step 3: Get Your Ears Ready
Take your electrical wire and cut it into 8-inch lengths. Using the wire cutters, strip the wire coating off and you’ll be left with copper wire.
Step 4: Attach the Ears
Take each little bunny face and punch a small hole toward the top-middle of its head. One thing I learned while making these is that there’s probably 1,000 different ways to twist wire into the shape of bunny ears. My kids helped me with this part and they had their own completely different way of doing it!
That said, here’s one way, but feel free to improvise on this: take a length of wire and put one end through the hole from front to back, leaving a quarter-inch or so extra. Make a loop for the left ear and bring the wire through the hole from back to front. Make another loop for the right ear and bring the wire through the hole from back to front. Wrap the wire over the outside top of the hole and then twist together with the starting end to close.
Step 5: Set Place Cards Out or Decorate with Them
Once your bunny cards are finished, you can set them at individual place settings. I’m planning to place mine flat on each napkin, but there are a ton of cute ways to use these:
- Prop a bunny up against a glass at each place setting.
- Set up a festive bar and slip a bunny around the stems of wine glasses (probably want to keep the ears smaller for this one so they don’t get in the way!). Or slip a bunny onto a bottle of wine or champagne for a hostess gift.
- Use these as tags and add them to gift bags and Easter baskets. If you’re going to do this, untwist the wire and use an ear as the loop and the re-clasp your wire.
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