How to add handmade touches to your wedding place cards

Hello everyone! I hope the weather is treating you kindly… for a moment there I thought February was going to be spring-like – but no. It’s freezing here! My crafting fingers are safely tucked away in fingerless gloves so it’s lucky I have Katie from Artyard Handmade to bring you a bit of genius wedding DIY on the blog today – and I know you’ll love her guest post. Glue and scissors at the ready everyone (or bookmark the page for later!) Enjoy. Claire xxx

wedding place card craft ideas by Artyard

Wedding place card craft ideas by Artyard

Wedding place cards with a handmade touch

Anything handmade takes time. That’s part of the charm. When it comes time to do the place cards for your reception, using plain place cards is an easy way to set the table but if you’re after something special with a handmade touch get your girlfriends together for an evening of crafting. You’ll need scissors, glue and some pretty papers to match your theme or even just pages from old books. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Butterfly wedding place cards for a hint of elegance

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To make these elegant butterflies simply draw a simple butterfly shape onto a scrap piece of paper to use as your template and then trace it onto the paper of your choice.

Have a lot of place cards to do? Double-up your paper and cut two or three at the same time. They can be cut out of any type of paper to suit your theme if you have one. Why not cut them out of sheets of music stained with tea or any pretty patterned paper?

Fold the butterfly along the middle and snip a V-shape out of the centre so it can rest, wings open, on the top of the card. Add a dab of glue to hold it in place.

Paper rosebuds for romance

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Paper roses can be made out of just about any type of paper. Here I’ve used a page from an old book. Simply cut a circle and then snip into it like a spiral.

Gently roll the coil around the middle and glue the end into place. Glue a vintage button in the centre if you like. Attach it as is or with a small green paper.

Antique blooms that make a statement

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To make the large flower, start by cutting out a number of tea-stained petals in varying sizes and simply glue them around the inner bud.

To start the inner bud, roll the petals around a pencil to give them shape and then attach more and more petals in varying shapes.

Cut out a leaf from green paper and write your guests’ names on them.

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Guest blogger Katie Farrell is from Artyard Handmade.  Artyard Handmade has been formed to create a fusion of art and craft blending traditional techniques of art with the latest ideas in contemporary craft and design. The Artyard studio is a happy, buzzing place where everyone is welcome to come and try new things, learn new skills, and leave inspired to go on creating at home. Our extensive range of workshops on offer means that there really is something for everyone; from photography to scrapbooking, our workshops combine elements of inspired design with a social element.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Wendy Bell
    7 years ago

    These are very pretty – what a lovely simple idea.

  • Andon
    7 years ago

    It’s a really helpful info. Thank you.

  • I do like those, especially the one’s using paper or card with text on. How quick can you make them?

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago

      Thanks for your comments 🙂
      As for how quickly… the little butterflies are quick and easy to do (yes, I had a go!) but the flowers are a little trickier. My tip is to use a glue gun but be very careful not to burn fingers. If you’re waiting for tacky glue or normal craft glue to dry you’re going to struggle for time!
      Claire xx

  • Pumpkinpye
    7 years ago

    Love these,simple yet stunning

  • Zoe Pickering
    7 years ago

    If you are a bride on a budget then I think that these place cards could also double up as favors. Guests love little personalised touches.

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