Thanksgiving dinner is one of the only meals where I feel 100% comfortable using place cards — anyone else with me? Typically the idea of telling people where to sit, especially when hosting close friends and family, can feel a bit buttoned-up for my liking. But when entertaining large groups and out-of-towners, creating custom place cards are a detail where I love to get creative. I’ve been bookmarking inspiration for using fabric stiffener for quite some time and trying to think of just the project for using it (aside from the popular string or doily pendant). I kind of fell in love with the idea of spelling out names with craft cord, and thought that it could make quite a unique “place card”. Set atop a horizontal napkin on modern dinnerware, they ended up being a super inexpensive project that gave this table design the extra oomph it needed!

  • craft cord
  • sewing pins
  • foam board
  • parchment paper
  • fabric stiffener
  • paint brush

Place parchment paper over foam board. Twist craft cord to spell name of guest, pinning into foam board as you twist. A simpler option is to twist cord into guests’ initials.

Once pinned in place, use paintbrush to saturate cord in fabric stiffener.

Once dry, remove pins and carefully slide names off of parchment paper and place at each place setting.

26 comments
  1. 1
    auntlez | November 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    i’m thinking how it would look w/my cursive….heh, heh!

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    erika | November 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    this would be super cute in larger scale for a kids room too!

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    • Chanel Dror | November 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      You read my mind! I’m trying to think of the perfect word to hang above my bed 🙂

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  3. 3
    Hengam | November 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Awesome idea!

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    jacqueline cote | November 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Love it! Another great DIY to try! Thanks Chanel!

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    • Chanel Dror | November 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks Jacqueline! Glad you like 🙂

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  5. 5
    Jess | November 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    GAH. This is brilliant. So. So. So. Brilliant.

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    monsterscircus | November 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Great and genius idea! Thanks a lot for sharing that!

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    Yelle (@YelleEvents) | November 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    This is so adorable! I love the texture!

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    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing & Yeah. We Bake. | November 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Genius idea, Chanel! Seriously impressed. It’s so simple and so very high impact.

    xo,
    Ashley

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    • Chanel Dror | November 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

      So glad you like it Ashley! I can also imagine guests taking their “place cards” home with them to display decoratively around the house!

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    MaureenStevens | November 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    definitely unique! guests will adore it!

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    Erica | cupcakes + coffee breaks | November 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    This is SO cute. There’s no Thanksgiving where I am right now, but I’ll definitely keep this in mind for my next big dinner party. Very rustic, and super easy!

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    jackiefo | November 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    This is a GREAT idea and would be perfect for a rustic/fall-y dinner party… Thanksgiving in fact!

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  12. 12
    Aubrey | November 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    LOVE this!

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    makechinmusic | December 15, 2016 at 5:45 am

    do you think this would work with yarn instead of craft cord?

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