Place cards add a touch of personality and charm to any dinner, party or wedding. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can be made with almost anything. I made these Easy Leaf Place Cards in a pinch, and they turned out great. Learn how to make these by reading on!
Materials for Easy Leaf Place Cards
To make these Easy Leaf Place Cards, you will need some foliage from your local flower shop or grocery store. The small leaves in my photo below are Ruscus, and the larger leaves are Cocculus. I snagged these in a batch of greens for about $4 at my local grocery store. You will also need a brightly colored or metallic (preferably permanent) paint marker. I LOVE these permanent metallic markers available on Amazon or metallic Sharpies (affiliate). Other non-permanent paint markers/pens would probably work just as well. Make sure the ink is dry before arranging, so you don’t smudge the writing.
Decide ahead of time the look and feel you want for your place cards. I made a set of simple, playful place cards with white print and gold polka dots. I also made a set of more elegant place cards with gold script writing. Also, keep in mind the length of the names you will have to write. It would be difficult to squeeze a 9 letter name on a tiny leaf. I would also suggest doing a few test-writings on paper.
Once you have decided about the look and feel and font you will use, pluck off as many leaves as you need. Make sure they sit nicely when laid flat on the table. Make sure the leaf doesn’t curl up in a way that will hid the name.
Next, it’s tine for writing! Carefully write out all of your names on the leaves you chose. Once they are done, set aside until you are ready to set the table.
Tying it All Together
As you can see from the photo below, I paired my gold-text leaf place card with a green and ivory striped napkin, white plate and gold charger. The colors come together for a synchronous look, and I used the leftover foliage stems in my centerpiece for the table.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get crafting!