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DIY: Watercolor Wash Place Cards


These beautiful place cards will make a statement on any table. Each card has a unique watercolor wash background flecked with contrasting acrylic paint, and the possible color combinations of watercolor and calligraphy are endless. This project can be made over and over again and adapted to any occasion, whether it’s a wedding reception, holiday dinner, or birthday party.

Yield: 75 place cards
Time: 8 hours (including drying time)
Budget: $65.00

• 90 3.5×6-inch pieces pieces of heavy watercolor paper cut
• Pan of assorted watercolors
• 1 tbsp acrylic paint in an accent color for splattering
• 2 tbsp table salt
• Ink, watercolor or gouache of your choice for the calligraphy
• 1-inch-wide artist tape
• Wide paint brush
• Small paint brush for watercoloring
• Dish of water
• Paper towels
• Bone folder
• Calligraphy nib and holder
• Old toothbrush


1. Apply a strip of artist tape across the full width of each watercolor paper card, starting 1 inch up from the bottom short edge. Press the tape down firmly, especially along the edges, so that no watercolor will be able to seep underneath. There should now be 1 inch of paper exposed below the tape and 4 inches exposed above it.


2. Using the large paint brush, brush both the front and back of each card with water, then pat dry with a paper towel. (This prevents the paper fibers from expanding unevenly and warping.) Since there are so many cards, I recommend painting about twelve at a time so your workspace doesn’t get too cluttered.


3. Using the smaller paint brush, paint the cards with an abstract watercolor design in the colors of your choice. (I normally combine two to four watercolor shades per card, but play around with what you like best.) Don’t let this step scare you! This should be liberating because there is no wrong way to do it. You can fill up the entire paper with paint or leave portions of it unpainted. You can overlap the colors or keep them from touching. You can paint uneven blobs or perfect pinstripes or streaks fanning out in circles like fireworks. You can use light, similar shades for an elegant, understated look, or bright, contrasting ones for a bold, festive effect. Each card can be different – if you use the same colors, they will tie together in a series.


4. If your paper is soaking wet, blot off excess watercolor with a folded paper towel. Then sprinkle the cards with a pinch of table salt. The salt crystals create a unique pattern by absorbing the wet color they land on, producing slightly lighter spots when you brush off the salt later (see step 6).


5. With the old toothbrush, splatter acrylic paint randomly over the card. Choose a color that will really stand out from the background colors you chose. I really like using gold to add some sparkle. Lay flat and let dry.


6. Brush off the salt and carefully peel off the tape. If the cards aren’t flat (which can happen in humid weather), press them between a stack of books overnight.


7. Fold the cards in half and make a sharp crease with a bone folder.


8. Use ink, watercolor, or gouache to calligraph the guests’ names in the blank strip on each card. If you’re nervous about messing up, just practice each name on scrap paper a few times until you’re comfortable. Let dry completely.


*** Thanks so much to to Green Wedding  Shoes and Molly Suber Thorpe for sharing this lovely DIY with us today. For those interested in learning more about calligraphy, pick up Molly’s latest book Modern Calligraphy.

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DIY: Cassette Tape Escort Card Idea


If you’re like me, you probably have an old shoe box full of cassette tapes, and nary a cassette deck in sight. Instead of ditching your old tapes, you can recycle them into escort or place cards.

To make an escort card simply place washi tape over the cassette and label them with a sharpie. Instead of table numbers you can name the tables after your favorite bands.


This idea is perfect for rock ‘n’ roll weddings and music geeks of all kinds.

*** A special Thank you to Halleluja Weddings for inspiring this blog post.

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DIY: Chalkboard Escort Cards

Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn’t have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept. 

  • Manilla shipping tags
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Foam paintbrush
Step One
Arrange your tags on a large work surface

Step Two
Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.
Step Three
Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.

Step Four
Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.

{Tutorial & Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}

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DIY: Canelé Cake Favors / Escort Cards

Canelé cakes originated in France, where they were popular starting in the 19th century. Today you can find them at most bakeries. The little cakes are about three inches tall with a caramelized crust, and a custard in the center. You can make your own or order them in bulk from a bakery. We’ve created a cute, modern packaging for a wedding favor.


  • Canelé cakes 
  • bright tissue paper
  • string 
  • pinking shears
  • white pen
  • white round sticker

Step One:

Cut a 6” by 6” square of the tissue with pinking sheers (use two pieces per cake)


Step Two:

Write the name of the guest about 2 inches from the bottom of the paper. Once it’s wrapped up it will look like the photo below.


Step Three:

Roll the cake in the tissue and fold over the end of the paper onto the bottom of the cake.

Step Four:

Secure with a sticker.

Step Five:

Twist the top tissue and secure with string. Trim if necessary.


***Project By: Chelsea Fuss | Photos By: Lisa Warninger

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DIY Love-Struck Escort / Place Cards

You’ll need:

  • Medium weight cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint/glitter/markers
  • Modeling clay (oven bake)

Step 1: Firstly, you’ll need to make your arrows using this template .(if you like) cut some arrows out of your cardboard. Depending on the thickness of your cardboard, you may need to glue two arrows together to make it stronger.

Step 2: Paint/decorate your arrows. I wrote names on mine because they’ll be placed on a table, but you could write whatever you like!

Step 3: Put your arrows aside to dry. Take a ball of modeling clay and shape it into a heart, keeping the base of it flat on the table. I made mine a bit beveled, but you could also push shapes into it, etch a pattern into it…anything really!

Step 4: Once you’ve finished, and just before baking, push the tip of one of your arrows into the clay so it’s sticking out at the angle you’d like it. Take the arrow out and bake your clay according to the instructions.

Step 5: Wait for the clay to cool, push your arrow into the groove you made in the heart, and you’re done! Bravo!

Note: You may notice that I’ve actually painted my heart gold. I did this after baking the clay (I didn’t like the color of the clay much), but I quickly found out that the paint scratches off quite easily. Therefore, I would recommend choosing the right clay color from the start.. instead of trying to paint it later :)

** Credits: A special Thank You to Claire from Fellow, Fellow for inspiring this blog.

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DIY Botanical Escort Cards

Escort cards are one of the first things your guests will see as they enter the reception, so why not create something unique and memorable for when your friends and family arrive? We absolutely love these escort cards with their natural botanical touches like cotton, seeded eucalyptus, lavender, and silver brunia, and are thrilled to welcome Suzy Rohan of Lily Red Studio to share the how-to!




You will need:

  • Cardstock (White or Ecru)
  • Xacto Blade
  • Ruler
  • Self-healing mat or cutting surface
  • Fresh or dried flowers or herbs
  • Pens (whatever color you desire)
  • Scissors




1) Download and print the escort card template.

2) Cut the escort cards out of the template using a ruler and the Xacto.


3) Cut slits along the top and bottom (but not sides) of the arrow portion of the design.


4) Write in names and table numbers.

5) Insert trimmed flowers or herbs into the arrow section of the card.



6) Display!


* Design – Lily Red Studio \ Photography – Sarah Postma Photography

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DIY Place Card Photos

Add a special touch to your wedding reception tables with personalized DIY place settings. Your wedding guests will love the little detail – and feel even more a part of your special day. Since this project does require personalizing for each guest (and access to photos), it can also work well for intimate receptions, or for bridal showers and rehearsal dinners.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Photos of your guests
  • Plain paper
  • Adhesive
  • Twine or other decorative tie
  • Small flowers or herbs (lavender would be a nice touch for spring weddings!)
  • Pen
  • Hole punch

Step 1: Photos

Start by collecting a photo of each of your guests. We love the idea of using childhood photographs of each guest, but that may not be entirely practical. Here’s a hint: check out Facebook photos your friends have posted. Chances are that there may be an old school portrait or baby photo that they have uploaded!

Print out each photo in a small size, such as 2 in. x 2 in. You want your image to small so that it accents the place setting. Anything larger may overpower the effect.

Step 2: Create your place setting tag

Cut out a piece of paper that is slightly larger than your photo. You can be creative with the shape, but we liked the look of this square shape – it almost looks like a miniature Polaroid! Whichever style you choose, simply adhere the photo onto the paper. Be sure to leave room for a name – this will be a place setting, after all!

Now that your tag is set, punch a hole near the top. This will be where you attach the tag to the twine, so you’ll want to make sure the hole is the right size for your twine.

Step 3: Assemble your creations

You likely won’t fully assemble the place cards until the day of your reception, but you can prep a bit in advance. Cut your twine and string it through the hole in each tag – this will make set up a snap.

Day of, tie each place card around the utensils. Finish it off with a pretty bow, and tuck a sprig of lavender or another small flower between the napkin and the twine. Another option, if you aren’t able to tie around utensils, is to tie the photo place card onto a wine glass set at each seat.


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DIY: Hand-Drawn Wedding Printables (Free Downloads)

Lily at Behold Designz was kind enough to have designed this set of free downloads that include both “Bride and Groom” and “Please Sign Our Guestbook” signs, a beverage menu, escort cards and table numbers. All of her designs are hand painted and customized. These free downloads are editable, so you can add your own text for the menu and type in your guests’ names.



What you will need:
- Good quality Printer or take the files to your local printer
- Cardstock:
• Bride and Groom Sign: 12” x 8.5”
• Please Sign Our Guestbook 10” x 8”
• Beverage Menu 5” x 7”
• Escort cards: 8.5” x 11” (Avery business cards such as these work fine)
• Table numbers: 4.5” x 6”
- Exacto knife and metal ruler or paper cutter.
- Ribbon
- Frames

All downloads are available as PDFs. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it for free here. (Escort cards and Beverage Menu open in Adobe Reader so you can type in your own text.)


floral wedding printables



Download Bride Sign

Download Groom Sign

Download Please Sign Our Guestbook

Download Beverage Menu

Download Escort Cards

Download Table Numbers

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DIY: Pinecone Seating or Escort Card Holders

Having a winter wedding? Try these mini pinecone seating card holders. This project is very simple, it just takes a little elbow grease.

Materials Needed:

1. Mini Pinecones: Can be bought from craft store

2. Hacksaw: If possible, use one with small teeth.

3. Safety Glove

4. Cards for the names

Step One: Set each pine cone down on a flat surface to see how it stands up in order to decide the best place to cut it.

Step Two:  Wearing the safety glove and using the hacksaw, cut a 3/4” slit down the middle of the pine cone.

Step Three: Place the name card in each slot, and you are done!


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Alphabetizing The Escort Cards


Upon arriving at wedding receptions, guests are sometimes greeted with the escort card table. In my experience, it’s important to

 1.) Make it flow with the rest of your design elements, since it’s the first peek at your planning the guests will see and

 2.) Make it as easy as possible to find each name to avoid a back up of guests entering. This also allows them to drop off their (possibly heavy!) gift quickly, sign the guestbook and join cocktail hour.

A few weeks ago I arrived at an event to find a beautiful table covered in homegrown moss with a gorgeous flower arrangement and all of the guest’s escort cards. I gave it my once over, and soon realized the cards were not in alphabetical order, but instead, grouped together by table number. To say the least, I was a bit concerned, as I know how long it takes to look through 150 little cards that are in alphabetical order. Most often, I greet guests and help locate their name, and I was concerned this could frustrate guests who were eager to enjoy appetizers.

The groom’s sister was on the same page as I was, and we quickly became alphabetizing machines. Only after we finished the madness of reorganizing them, did we find out the bride intended her escort cards to be displayed in this non-alphabetical manner. I felt terrible that I had gone against her wishes, but knew that it’d be appreciated by the guests.

*Photo Credit: Amy Carroll

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DIY: Floating Escort Cards

An Airy Welcome


Help your reception take flight with floating escort cards that double as centerpieces once guests find their tables. On your wedding day, have a few friends fill 5-inch white balloons with helium (you can rent a tank from a party store). Once they’re inflated, add guests’ names and table numbers with a paint pen, tie on matching embroidery thread, and secure them to favor boxes filled with candy. Write on both sides of the balloons so loved ones can locate their names from every angle.

Photo: Yunhee Kim


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DIY: Paper Flower Escort Cards / Name Settings

Guest Blogger Nella from has generously shared more of her creative DIY wisdom with us in the form of these delicate paper flowers to use as escort cards or name settings.

 And over to Nella….

 What you will need:

  • Craft paper 4” square
  • Fabric leaves 2”
  • Skeleton Leaves 2”
  • Adhesive Glue
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread

 Step 1: Draw a spiral on a 4 inch square. I used 90 weight paper although regular colored craft paper would work equally well.

Step 2: Cut out the spiral along the lines you’ve drawn.

Step 3: Roll the spiral from the outside.

Step 4: Use a spot of adhesive to glue the body of the flower onto the round bit left.

Now you’re finished with the flower!

Step 5: Use a pencil to faintly write your guests’ names in a pretty cursive. I’ve used pen for emphasis. Don’t forget the table number for escort cards.

Step 6: Follow the lines using small stitches. You could also use paper if you are not so keen on sewing.

Step 7: Attach the skeleton leaf and your personalized leaf to the flower.

Martha Stewart may be able to make 100 of these in 15 minutes but for us mere mortals make a party of it with a bottle of wine and a few friends – nothing like the promise of food and a mimosa to bribe some slave labor


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DIY Heart Escort Cards

These three-dimensional escort cards are as easy to make as they are refreshing to look at. At first glance, they appear to have been blown onto the table by a warm summer breeze.

Following the instructions below, make them using a heart-shape craft punch, bright-white ink, scissors, glue, and paper in a range of watery hues that complements your palette.

How to Make It 
1. Cut a slit from the bottom point of each heart to 3/8 inch from the top center. Calligraph with white ink. 

2. Place one side of the slit atop the other to create a pop-up effect; glue. 

3. Snip off the “tails” of extra paper at the bottom point of the heart.

Viola…Quick, easy, cute!

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