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How To Make A Place Card Holder


Modified: December 28, 2023

by Olivia Smitherman



Welcome to our guide on how to make a place card holder! If you are hosting a special event or gathering, such as a wedding, dinner party, or corporate event, having personalized place card holders can add an elegant and organized touch to your table settings. Not only do they help guests easily find their seats, but they also serve as a beautiful decorative element that can complement your overall event theme or style.


In this article, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own place card holders. Whether you are a seasoned DIY enthusiast or new to crafting, these place card holders are easy to make and require just a few materials. You will have the freedom to customize them to match your event’s color scheme, theme, or even incorporate personal touches.


Creating your own place card holders not only adds a personal touch to your event, but it can also be a fun and rewarding project. So, let’s dive in and learn how to make a place card holder that will impress your guests!


Materials Needed

  • Decorative paper or cardstock
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Small wooden or metal base (such as a wooden block or metal clip)
  • Decorative elements (such as ribbon, twine, or small embellishments)
  • Place cards or cardstock for creating your own
  • Optional: Paint or spray paint (if you want to customize the base)

Before you start making your place card holder, gather all the necessary materials. You can find these items at your local craft store or online. It’s best to choose materials that suit the theme or style of your event.


The decorative paper or cardstock will be used to create the decorative element of your place card holder. Choose a pattern or color that matches your event’s theme. The scissors or craft knife will be used to cut out the desired shapes or designs from the paper.


Glue or double-sided tape will be used to attach the decorative paper to the base of the place card holder. Make sure to choose an adhesive that will securely hold the paper in place.


A small wooden or metal base will serve as the foundation of your place card holder. It can be a simple wooden block, a metal clip, or any other small, sturdy object that can stand upright on the table. The base can be left as it is or painted to match your event’s color scheme.


To add an extra touch of elegance, consider incorporating decorative elements such as ribbon, twine, or small embellishments. These can be glued or tied onto the place card holder for added visual appeal.


Lastly, you will need place cards or cardstock to write the guests’ names on. If you prefer to create your own custom place cards, make sure to have some cardstock on hand for this purpose.


With all the materials gathered, you are now ready to embark on the creative journey of making your own place card holders!


Step 1: Gathering Supplies

Before you begin creating your own place card holder, it’s essential to gather all the necessary supplies. Having everything prepared and within reach will streamline the crafting process and ensure a smooth execution.


Here’s a breakdown of the supplies you’ll need:

  • Decorative paper or cardstock: Choose a design, color, or pattern that complements your event’s theme or matches your personal style.
  • Scissors or craft knife: Use these tools to cut out shapes and designs from the decorative paper or cardstock.
  • Glue or double-sided tape: Opt for an adhesive that provides a secure hold and won’t damage the materials.
  • Small wooden or metal base: This will serve as the foundation for your place card holder. Consider using a wooden block, metal clip, or any other small, stable object that can stand upright on a table.
  • Decorative elements: Enhance your place card holder’s aesthetic appeal by incorporating ribbon, twine, or small embellishments. These can be glued or tied onto the holder.
  • Place cards or cardstock: Depending on your preference, have pre-made place cards or cardstock on hand to write the guests’ names on.
  • Optional: Paint or spray paint: If you want to customize the base of your place card holder, consider using paint or spray paint that aligns with your event’s color scheme.

Ensure that you have all the supplies listed above neatly organized in your workspace. This will make the crafting process more efficient and enjoyable.


Now that your supplies are ready, it’s time to move on to the next step: preparing the base of your place card holder.


Step 2: Preparing the Base

Now that you have gathered all the necessary supplies, it’s time to prepare the base of your place card holder. The base provides stability and support for the card, ensuring it stands securely on the table.


Follow these steps to prepare the base:

  1. If you’re using a wooden block or clip as the base, consider painting it or applying a coat of spray paint to match your event’s color scheme. Allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  2. Ensure that the base is clean and free of any dust or debris. Wipe it down with a cloth if necessary.
  3. If you’re using a metal clip, you may choose to leave it as it is or add a decorative touch by attaching a small piece of cardstock or ribbon to it.
  4. If desired, you can add additional embellishments to the base. Consider gluing small flowers, beads, or other decorative elements onto the wooden block or clip to enhance its appearance.
  5. Once you’re satisfied with the base, set it aside and move on to the next step of the process.

The base of the place card holder serves as the foundation for the decorative elements and the card itself. Preparing it ensures that it not only looks visually appealing but also provides the necessary support for the entire structure.


With the base prepared, you’re now ready to move on to the next step of creating your own unique place card holder: adding decorative elements.


Step 3: Adding Decorative Elements

Now that you have prepared the base of your place card holder, it’s time to add decorative elements that will enhance its visual appeal and complement your event’s theme.


Follow these steps to add decorative elements:

  1. Choose the decorative paper or cardstock that you gathered earlier. Ensure it matches your event’s theme or color scheme.
  2. Using scissors or a craft knife, cut out shapes or designs from the decorative paper. You can create geometric shapes, flowers, hearts, or any other design that you prefer.
  3. Experiment with different sizes and shapes to achieve the desired look. You can also layer different pieces of paper to create a more intricate design.
  4. Once you have cut out the desired shapes, use glue or double-sided tape to attach them to the base of your place card holder. Be sure to apply the adhesive to the back of the paper and press it firmly onto the base.
  5. If you wish, you can add additional decorative elements such as ribbon, twine, or small embellishments. Attach them to the base using glue or by tying them securely.
  6. Allow the glue to set and dry completely before moving on to the next step.

By adding decorative elements, you can personalize your place card holder and make it stand out on the table. The choices are endless when it comes to the design and materials you use, so feel free to get creative with your choices.


Now that you have added the decorative elements, it’s time to move on to the next step: inserting the place card into the holder.


Step 4: Inserting the Place Card

After adding the decorative elements to your place card holder, it’s time to insert the actual place card or cardstock with your guests’ names on it. This step brings the personalization and functionality of your place card holder together.


Follow these steps to insert the place card:

  1. Prepare your place cards or cut out cardstock into the desired size and shape. Ensure that they are neatly written or printed with your guests’ names.
  2. Take your prepared place card and gently slide it into the slot or opening of the place card holder. If you’re using a clip as the base, securely attach the place card to the clip.
  3. Ensure that the place card is positioned upright and visible for your guests to easily locate their seats. Make any adjustments necessary to ensure it stands straight and legible.
  4. If needed, you can add a small dot of glue or double-sided tape to the back of the place card to keep it in place.
  5. Repeat this process for each place card in your set.

By inserting the place card, you’re making your holder functional and ready for its intended purpose of guiding guests to their designated seats.


Take a moment to step back and admire your creation. The decorative elements combined with the personalized place cards create a beautiful and coordinated table setting that will impress your guests.


With the place card securely inserted, you’re almost done. Let’s move on to the final step: adding some finishing touches and exploring variations for your place card holders.


Step 5: Final Touches and Variations

With the place card inserted, your homemade place card holder is almost complete. Now it’s time to add some final touches and explore variations to make your creation even more unique and personalized.


Here are some ideas for final touches and variations:

  1. If you’re using a wooden base for your place card holder, consider adding a coat of varnish or sealant to give it a polished and professional look.
  2. Experiment with different types of decorative paper or cardstock. You can use patterned paper, textured cardstock, or even handmade paper for a rustic touch.
  3. Instead of traditional place cards, get creative by using small chalkboards, mini picture frames, or even unique items like seashells or small potted plants with labels.
  4. Personalize the place card holders further by adding small charms or trinkets that represent the individual guests. For example, a tiny key for a close friend or a mini seashell for someone who loves the beach.
  5. If you have a specific theme for your event, incorporate elements that reflect it. For a beach-themed wedding, you can tie a small piece of twine around the place card holder and attach a starfish or seashell.
  6. Consider adding a small thank you note or a sentiment to the place cards to show your appreciation to your guests for attending the event.
  7. Experiment with different shapes and sizes for the base of your place card holder. Use unique objects like wine corks, vintage keys, or even small succulent planters.

Feel free to let your creativity soar and personalize your place card holders to suit your event and the personalities of your guests. These final touches and variations will make your place card holders truly one-of-a-kind.


Congratulations! You have now completed all the necessary steps to make your own place card holders. Your guests will surely appreciate the thoughtful and decorative touch you have added to their seating arrangements.


Before concluding, take a moment to double-check that all the place cards are securely in place and that the overall appearance of the holders is appealing.


Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the event knowing that your unique place card holders have added a personalized touch to your table setting.



Congratulations on completing your journey in creating personalized and decorative place card holders! These handmade pieces not only serve a functional purpose but also add a touch of elegance and charm to your event’s table settings. By following the steps outlined in this guide and adding your own creative flair, you have successfully crafted unique place card holders that reflect your style and event theme.


From gathering the necessary materials to preparing the base, adding decorative elements, inserting the place card, and exploring variations, you have learned the art of making place card holders from start to finish. The process allowed you to showcase your craftsmanship while ensuring that your guests feel welcomed and organized during the event.


Remember, the possibilities for customization are endless. Try experimenting with different materials, colors, shapes, and embellishments to create place card holders that perfectly align with your event’s ambiance. Whether it’s a wedding, dinner party, or corporate gathering, these handmade touches will leave a lasting impression on your guests.


Now that you have completed your place card holders, take a final moment to admire your work. Arrange them beautifully on the table, ensuring each place card is easily visible. Your attention to detail and personalization will not go unnoticed.


Thank you for joining us on this creative journey. We hope you enjoyed the process and found inspiration to create more unique handmade projects in the future. Cheers to hosting a memorable and well-organized event with your charming and personalized place card holders!