Party Decor: Easy Wooden DIY Place Card Holders

September 15, 2019 separator DIY Tutorial

Make these DIY place card holders in any colors for your next party.

Dinosaur birthday party setup with yellow, coral, and teal accessories

I love projects that do double-duty. 

These easy DIY place card holders have a second life after your party as wooden photo holders! 

The best part? You can make them in under 20 minutes! I created this tutorial as part of this month’s At Home DIY challenge: home decor under $20

P.S. You can get this dinosaur art for free. That plus the wooden photo holders is perfect for a kids’ room or birthday party!

Oh, and here’s another super cute tutorial for botanical DIY photo holder clips. Or this DIY branch calendar holder

Three colorful wooden DIY place card holders with pictures from a dinosaur party

Oh, and one of the things that makes this project so easy and approachable is that you don’t need any intense power tools. 

You can certainly use a saw if you have one. But if you don’t own a saw and don’t want to invest, you can do this entire DIY place holder project with a Dremel rotary tool and a cutting blade for it. 

Toy dinosaur and a yellow wooden DIY place card holder

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DIY place card holder at a dinosaur birthday party setup with yellow, coral, and teal accessories

How to Make DIY Place Card Holders

DIY place card holder at a dinosaur birthday party setup with yellow, coral, and teal accessories

Supplies

These are the actual supplies I used, but feel free to use different brands and colors. This list contains affiliate links, so I may make a small commission from purchases. 

Dremel tool cutting wood balls for DIY place card holders

1. Use a Dremel rotary tool to cut across the top of each wooden ball knob. Try to cut as straight as possible. 

Be sure to wear safety glasses and gloves to protect yourself from any flying bits of wood. 

Three wooden balls being painted for DIY place card holders

2. Paint each wooden ball with acrylic paint. Let it dry, and then add a second coat.

For lighter colors, you may even need a third coat. 

I recommend using a nice acrylic paint to get better coverage in fewer coats. It’s worth the money versus the cheapest one at the craft store, since you won’t have to use as much anyway.

Three colorful wooden DIY place card holders with pictures from a dinosaur party

Yield: 6

Easy Wooden DIY Place Card Holders for a Party

Easy Wooden DIY Place Card Holders for a Party

These simple DIY place card holders only take two easy steps! They're perfect for a kids party or even a display for unique wedding table numbers!

Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Estimated Cost $20

Tools

Instructions

  1. Use a Dremel rotary tool to cut a slit in the top of each wooden ball.
  2. Paint the balls with acrylic paint.

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