Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween place cards

Whether you're having a small Halloween fete or a blow out bash, these two simple place card projects will liven things up.  The first project does double duty as napkin holder and place card.  A vintage photo, altered slightly with some jiggle eyes and a name placard (use any stiff paper cut into desired shape), is served up by two plastic skeleton hands.

I tied the hands and photo into a grouping with fishing line, then attached to ribbon and black bias tape that are wrapped around a napkin.   

More vintage photos are put to use in my second project.  If you want to save the original photos, just make copies of the photos on cardstock and use those for your placecard project

I spooked up my photos with some Halloween theme craft store stickers, and spelled out guests names with letter stickers.

Next, I spatter sprayed gourds with metallic bronze and hammered silver spray paint. 

To make these into my placecard bases, I either cut a slit directly into the top of the gourd........

...or attached a straightened paper clip to the back of the photo.

Be sure you've got your gourd positioned so that it will sit steadily on the table, then add your photo.

Guests will know their place at the table, and can take these home as a party favor.
These gourd bases could also be used to serve up menu cards or food labels for your Halloween buffet.