I must confess that although I was pretty chill about the whole wedding thing (it's true, I swear, my favorite wedding website was A Practical Wedding), I did go a little off the rails in the category of "Pinterest Bride." Basically, Pinterest is a bottomless pit of DIY wedding ideas. I was excited to use the wedding as an excuse to get crafty and probably took on a little more than I could realistically handle. But the end result was a wedding that felt personalized, and a lot of appreciation from our guests, so I think it was worth it. Not to mention I got to catch up on podcasts AND make good use of glitter paint!
This was one of the projects inspired by my descent into "Pinterest Bride" madness. Our wedding was at a winery, so I wanted to do wine cork place card holders. I decided to DIY it to save money - they are upwards of a dollar a pop to buy, which adds up fast! Luckily for me, when I told my friend Lisa this idea, she offered up a giant jug of wine corks she had been saving for years, plus a trusty 4 year old assistant to help me pluck them out of the jug. Below is how I made them (glitter paint is totally optional!). If you don't have a wedding to plan, they would also make great labels for a wine and cheese party, or even dinner party place cards, if you are feeling fancy!
- Wine corks
- Small serrated knife
- X-Acto knife
- Cutting board
- Glitter paint (optional)
To start, you need to cut off the side of the cork so it will lie flat. Take the cork and place it vertically on the cutting board. Cut off a slice of the side going straight down, about 1/4 to 1/3 of the cork. This is now the bottom of your place card.
Now, lay the cork flat on its newly even bottom. Hold the cork firmly in place and carefully cut a slit across the top of it with the X-Acto knife. If the slit seems too thin or uneven, you can go over it again.
Now you have your basic place card holder made! If you like a natural, simple look, you are good to go! If you are looking for some glitz, paint the bottom half of the cork with gold glitter paint. You may have to go over it a few times to get an opaque effect. The idea is to give it a look like it was dipped in glitter.
Once your place cards are dry, you can start setting them up. Write out the place cards first, then slide the cards in to the cuts you made with the X-Acto knife. Et voila! You now have beautiful place cards!
Bonus tip! I used color coded champagne bottle stamps to indicate the meals of each guest. Champagne stamp from Casey Rubber Stamps, who have every kind of crazy stamp imaginable.