How to Make a Fun Place Card Holder

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Have fun at your party!
Start by sawing a straight edge onto one side of the smooth foam ball. I used a steak knife to do this. Youll end up with lots of styrofoam bits, so work in a place thats easy to sweep clean.
Cut wedges from your fabric that are slightly taller than the ball. Cut all wedges ahead of time. Cover one wedge at a time with tacky glue. Spread the glue with a paintbrush or your fingers.
Have fun at your party!

Have fun at your party!

Photo: Linda Permann

I ordered a bunch of cupcake supplies from Bake It Pretty a month or so ago...and since then I've been plotting ways to simulate the cupcake effect with something a tad more permanent. I came up with this cute, little place card holder, which is—let's face it—just for fun! If you have kids, these could be fun place settings at a birthday party, but if you're just a kid at heart, make one for yourself, no reason necessary! You can totally change the look of the place card based on the fabric and cupcake topper you use—making it perfect for themed parties. If you end up making them for a certain holiday, you can easily reuse them by changing out the pinned-on names.

Materials

  • 2-1/2-inch round "Smooth Foam" balls (styrofoam will work, too)
  • Small scraps of fabric cut into wedge shapes
  • Tacky glue (I used Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue)
  • Small scraps of felt
  • Small length of decorative ribbon or trim
  • Cupcake toppers of your choice
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Decorative straight pin
  • Paper, marker, and decorative-edged scissors

Start by sawing a straight edge onto one side of the smooth foam ball. I used a steak knife to do this. You'll end up with lots of styrofoam bits, so work in a place that's easy to sweep clean.

 

If you want to make a lot of these, you might want to consider cutting each ball in half instead; that way, you can use both sides to make your place card holders.


Cut wedges from your fabric that are slightly taller than the ball. Cut all wedges ahead of time. Cover one wedge at a time with tacky glue. Spread the glue with a paintbrush or your fingers.

 

 


Apply the fabric wedge to the ball, tucking the bottom edge under if necessary. Repeat the gluing and application process until your ball is covered. This will be messy; just go with it!

 

 


Trace the outline of the bottom of the ball onto a piece of felt. Cut out the felt circle and hot-glue it to the bottom of the ball, concealing the fabric ends as much as possible.

 

 


Hot-glue a piece of decorative ribbon or trim to the bottom edge of the ball (this will conceal any weirdness that may have happened while you were covering it with fabric). Fold over the end of the ribbon and glue it in place, overlapping the raw edge of the ribbon.

 

 


Hot-glue the cupcake topper to the top of the ball. If your topper has a pick, you can just poke it through the fabric and into the foam. If that doesn't work, remove the pick and hot-glue it in place.

 

 


Write the names on a piece of paper and cut them out with decorative-edged scissors.

 

 


Use a decorative straight pin to pin the paper name in place.

 

 


Have fun at your party!

 

 

See more of my projects on my personal blog, and look for my new book, Crochet Adorned, in stores August 11, 2009.

posted in: tutorial, how-to, place card, gnome, cupcake topper

Comments (4)

woolpets writes: Thanks for sharing this! It looks almost like an vintage collectible.
Posted: 11:08 am on May 28th
elbowyoyo writes: Oh No!! I'm going to end up spending GAZILLIONS of $$$ at BakeItPretty! LOL
Posted: 2:20 pm on May 27th
LindaPermann writes: Sure- as I mentioned, I got it at Bake it Pretty (here's the set: http://www.bakeitpretty.com/item_181/Snow-White-7-Gnomes.htm). Have fun!
Posted: 11:22 am on May 27th
ArielleKrohn writes: These are wonderful! Can you tell me where you got that fabulous gnome ribbob?
Posted: 10:29 am on May 27th
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