Fall is in full swing and I love the idea of making a simple craft that can be used to add a personal touch to a dining table setting. For every day in fall or for special holidays like Thanksgiving, these simple DIY place cards can be customized with any sayings, words, or names, using Walnut Hollow’s Creative Versa Tool and a set of Rustic Wood Signs.
Gather the following supplies to make this project in just one afternoon:
Step 1: Remove the stake from the wood sign. This is optional; I made a few of the place cards with the stakes attached and a few with them separated. The stake is easily pried off with a screw driver.
Step 2: Hand letter your design. You could use your family and friends names, or use seasonal words for fall – I chose Thankful, Grateful, Give Thanks, Thank You, etc. Draw light lines as a guide for the base and height of the letters. Mark the center line and start drawing your letters from the center, working your way out.
Step 3: Turn on the Creative Versa Tool and let it warm up completely. Trace over your letters with the wood burner. As a beginner at wood burning, I suggest pulling the tool away to create marks, rather than pushing away from yourself to make the marks.
Step 4: For a handlettering look, use the flat edge on the down strokes and the thinner side edge for the connecting parts and swirls. Go back over the hard edges for a crisp look. Add a border if you like the look!
Step 5: Erase pencil marks. Stain or paint if desired.
Check out this video to see the project in action:
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Brooklyn Berry is a interior designer and crafter. She loves to create, make, and experiment with new projects. This Canadian mom of 4 boys enjoys making quick and cute projects for fun. You can read more about her DIY projects and home design tips on her site Brooklyn Berry Designs.