My family gathered at my house on Christmas Day 2010 for dinner, games and a day of togetherness. While my family is pretty casual and laid-back, I decided to infuse some formality into the event. I broke out the china and made place cards for everyone.

Handmade Place Cards

Christmas dinner place cards. Photo by Scott D. Weaver Photography.

The following steps outline how I created the place cards:

  1. Draw borders and names on ivory cardstock. I used my Silhouette SD, Silhouette sketch pen holder and a gold gel pen. Each border box was set at 1.5 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide. After drawing the borders and names, I used my paper cutter to cut each 1.75 inch by 2.75 inch place card.
  2. Cut out the Christmas star. I used metallic gold vellum paper and burnt sienna
    Christmas Star Silhouette SD File

    Christmas Star Silhouette SD File

    cardstock to make the star.After cutting, I attached the smaller vellum piece to the cardstock piece to create the whole Christmas star shape. The cutting file I created for the star is free for your use. Request file via comment.

  3. Attach Christmas star to place card. I used Scotch double-sided adhesive tape runner to attach each star to a place card. Six months later it’s holding strong on each of the cards.
  4. Put place card in holder and enjoy! I used ornament place card holders from Pier 1.

1 Sheet 8½x11 Metallic Gold Vellum Paper
1 Sheet 8½ x11 Burnt Sienna Cardstock
1 Sheet 8½ x11 Ivory Cardstock
Gold Gel Pen
Adhesive Pen
Paper Cutter
Place Card Holders