I like functional crafts. I like cute, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t like to spend a lot of unnecessary time on things that are quite honestly going to be enjoyed for a couple minutes and then tossed. Place cards are fun for special events. “Easy”and “functional” were my requirements for these paper pumpkin place cards.
Supplies needed to make your own paper pumpkin place cards:
- Darice Nesting Oval Die Set (could use an electronic cutting machine or a template)
- Core’dinations Tim Holtz Distress Cardstock in orange; and a scrap of any colored cardstock
- Small Single Green Leaf Picks on Green Wire
- Darice Gold Sparkle Tape
- Embossing Folder of your choice (I used Interlocking Circles pattern)
- Sand-it Gadget
- Mini Glue Dots
- Candy Suckers
Depending on the size of sucker you choose for your paper pumpkin place cards, you will want to make a template to fit your treat. I used some Mrs. See’s Gourmet Suckers, as a size reference for this tutorial.
Using an oval die, electronic cutting machine or template, cut an oval from a scrap piece of cardstock or paper to use as your “guinea pig.”
Once you have your test oval cut, decide where you will score the lines. Ovals are a little difficult to score straight- that is why I made a template, so I could easily mass produce the real place cards once I figured out a perfect template.
First, fold the test oval in half.
Cut as many ovals as you need using Core’dinations Distress Cardstock.
I chose an embossing folder that was a fairly random pattern. This way, it doesn’t matter if the pattern lines up.
Take a Sand-it Gadget, or sandpaper to the cardstock, and lightly sand the surface. The core of the cardstock is a lighter tone of the surface color, and embossing really shines when it is dual toned.
I just put one mini glue dot on the front and back of the sucker and attached the oval sides.
Using glitter decorative tape (or other tape of your choice) write each guests name with a permanent marker so the writing won’t smear.