DIY Tutorial: Table Cards

Thursday, March 3, 2011

As I was searching for more diy ideas, I found this earthy table card display tutorial on The Merriment Blog. It's easy to follow and most of the materials are easy to find. The wooden box might be more difficult to locate, but I'm confident you'll be able to find something similar. {or try here} Courtney has a ton of great ideas and I'll also be featuring one of her baby showers soon... stay tuned.

1. Wooden crate I found the wooden crate used here at Smith & Hawken’s very sad but very rewarding store closing sale. You could craft something similar or use a vintage wooden crate.
2. Heavy gauge copper wire. Look for it at craft stores.
3. Needle nose pliers.
4. Green styrofoam. Also at craft stores, my dears.
5. Reindeer moss. Ditto on the craft stores.
6. Small hand saw. Good for carving pumpkins when not carving foam. Available at Lowe’s.
7. Acorns, pine cones, etc. Not pictured in the materials shot. Good for display.
8. Tented escort cards. Not pictured, but available at paper source.

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Cut foam to the width and depth of your wooden crate, creating an even surface that’s almost flush with the top of the crate.
2. Cover foam with reindeer moss.
3. The copper wire will become the table card holder. You’ll need about 5″ per holder. Cut a piece to size now, and pick up your needle nose pliers.
4. Griping the wire with needle nose pliers, gently turn one end of the wire around and around again, clockwise, until you have two circles.
5. Release your needle nose pliers from the grip of the wire. Smooth the rough edge of the wire, and gently pry your two circles apart. You’ll see you have a place where you can insert the card.
6. Count the number of cards and plot out your rows.

Voila! You’re finished. Place your cards alphabetically in the crate. When you’re ready to display, nestle the crate in spanish moss with acorns and pine cones. 

Tutorial: Courtney from Merriment Events / Photography (first image): Elizabeth Messina / How-to Photography: Katie Stoops Photography

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