Little Jo bought me the nicest linens for my dining room table as a Christmas present. The weather has finally warmed here and I set my table with all of my pretty new things! One final piece that I wanted to add was some place card holders. These are always so fun and easy to make. Let me share this version with you!
First, I headed to Michaels and purchased cute little easels and cute little canvases to match. Next, I chose a color palette of acrylic paints to match my linens.
I did two coats on each canvas, painting them a solid color. Next, I used these bracket adhesive stencils to create a fun design using a coordinating paint color.
For some reason, I can’t find the pictures I took of one of the most important steps, but that’s okay, I can describe it for you. All I did at this point was to paint on a coat of Clear Chalkboard Coating (available online or at Hobby Lobby) on my canvases according to the instructions on the package. I allowed them to dry the required amount of time, then primed with chalk and they were ready to use.
The paint colors match my new place settings perfectly, and this clear chalkboard coating makes it possible for me to use the colors I wanted rather than being tied to the usual black color of most chalkboard paints. The best part is that I can write a name on them with chalk, then wipe it away and put something else on it next time. They can be re-used over and over thanks to the chalkboard coating.
And when I’m not using them for place settings, I can also use them on a buffet table to identify the dishes being served!