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Monday, November 24, 2014

DIY Watercolor Place Cards for Thanksgiving

I've been on a water color kick for the past couple of weeks. It's been an adventure, learning to use them again (I'm still not great at it!), but I'm having a lot of fun and I can't wait to share more of my projects with them here. In the meantime, I whipped up this really simple DIY just in time for Thanksgiving.

We have only recently delved into the world of place cards over here, and now that I've gotten into them, I don't know why we haven't used them all along! It's a lovely little personal touch that tells a guest they're worth the extra effort, even for a small party. Place cards are also an easy way to class up an otherwise plain table setting. And with Thanksgiving coming up, bringing with it all the inevitable family drama, laying out a thoughtful seating plan has the potential to save everyone at the table a lot of grief!

DIY Watercolor Place Cards

With all these things in mind, we forge onwards. For this DIY, you will need:
-Graphic cardstock or cardboard (I used empty tissue boxes #upcycling)
-Watercolors (I used Marie's in Vermillion)
-A large watercolor brush
-A sheet of water color paper 
-A calligraphy pen, sharpie, or similar writing implement
(Not pictured)
-Ruler or straight edge

Start by cutting out backgrounds for your cards from the cardstock/cardboard (or tissue box). I didn't measure too precisely, but each of these outer squares ended up being about 2.75 by 3.75 inches.

DIY Watercolor Place Cards

Then it's time to create the foreground. Decide on the dimensions you want (mine were about 2.25x1.5 inches), and draw a grid in pencil on the back of the watercolor paper to correspond with how many you need. When satisfied with this, turn the paper over and start to paint. I stuck to one color and style over the entire thing, but you can use as many as you like.

DIY Watercolor Place Cards

Allow the sheet to dry, and then cut out the inner cards along the lines you traced on the back.

DIY Watercolor Place Cards

Now it's as simple as writing the names of your guests in a fancy script, and gluing the inner cards to the outer. I find they tend to warp a little bit in this process, so I like to let them dry underneath a heavy book overnight, or until they are needed.

DIY Watercolor Place Cards

I'm pleased with how these came out (the colors aren't quite as Halloween! in person, I promise!). I finished the seating chart last night, and I'm looking forward to positioning the cards and the people around a turkey on Thursday.

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