Assorted, small wood pieces (3)
Chalkboard contact paper (optional)
Put down the catalog from which you’re ordering things for your wedding or other celebration. Sure, there are certain things that aren’t easy to make, and that you’ll likely need to order. But there are many things that, even though you’re busy with wedding plans, you can easily craft. One such thing is the seating cards and holders. When you make them into tiny chalkboards you create a cool look across the table while making sure everyone finds his seat.
Although you could give the chalkboard card holder any design that you like, an easy design is done with three small pieces of wood, which you can find at a craft store. Look for two identical blocks of wood that are small, and shaped about like a matchbox. In addition, find a small, flat piece of wood. It should be as wide as the matchbox is long – or thereabouts – and long enough to allow both of the other pieces to stand on it, with a sliver of space between them.
Chalkboard paint comes in so many colors now. Opt for traditional black or green or choose a pastel color, such as blue, pink, or yellow. Paint all three of the wood pieces in the color that you want for the chalkboard. Already have paint? Use it. Chalk writes on paint that isn’t labeled “chalkboard paint”.
Lay the flat wood piece in front of you so that one of the long sides is facing you. Glue one block of wood on the edge that faces you and the other block on the opposite edge. There should be a small gap between them.
Cut a piece of card stock and cover it with chalkboard contact paper. Or, paint the card stock with the same color of chalkboard paint that you used for the wood pieces. The painted or covered card, of course, becomes the seating card. Settle it between the two blocks of wood and it stands up by itself.
Use chalk to write on the card itself; it should state the name of the person who will be seated there. On the front block piece, though, write a sentiment about the wedding or other celebration. It can thank the guest for coming to the wedding of…, or it can feature a single word or phrase, such as “Love” or “So glad to have you”.
A chalkboard place setting card and holder is a simplistic thing, but when you feature them across the table, the look is adorable. Since they’re so easy to make, and appropriate for many different occasions, you won’t need that shopping catalog anymore!