DIY Place Card Holders

Saturday, I decorated the home of the EnjoyHolidaysBetter winner from Time Warner Cable.  Their dining room had a great view of a wooded area.  It inspired me to bring the outside in to warm up their home for the holidays.  One way I did this, was creating wood chip place card holders.  It was not only easy, but free.

Christmas place card holders


Wood chips. Go to your local hardware store or Christmas tree lot and ask them if they have any.
Spray Paint
Razor Blade


Clean up the wood chip by shaving any excess {as seen on the right} with your razor blade

Thanksgiving place card holders

Spray paint wood chip

diy place card holders
Using a razor blade knife and a lot of pressure, cut a straight line across the wood chip.  You may need to do this a few times for each one.
Christmas place card holders
diy Christmas place card holders

These wood chip place card holders are a unique piece that can add a little of the outdoors, indoors.

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DIY wood chip place card holder

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  • Reply December 4, 2012


    Very cute! Do you have to do anything to the wood to ensure there are no lurking bugs? I am slicing up a log to use as table numbers and I wasnt sure if there was any wood prep work that needed to be done

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Coordinately Yours

    I didn’t – they are very small in size and there were no visible bugs. Also, I can’t imagine using a chemical {spray paint} would allow anything inside to survive. Your table numbers will be darling!

  • Reply December 4, 2012


    This is a great idea. Very rustic and simple and pretty.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Bellenza Bistro

    You didn’t mention, but did you use glitter spray paint? The chips look a bit sparkly…a great touch for a winter/holiday wedding!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Julie Blanner

    No, just gold spray paint, but I used glitter spray paint for the pine cones thatAre on the table. Enjoy!

  • Reply September 4, 2013


    Hi Julie,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of rustic fall crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

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  • Reply December 18, 2014

    Tracy Allen

    So pretty! Would you mind to share the name of the font you used for the placecards? Love this!

    • Reply December 19, 2014


      I think Lavendaria, however, it didn’t transfer to my new computer. Check “what the font”…it’s a great resource for determining fonts. Happy Holidays, Tracy!

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