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Simply Spooky Halloween Place Cards

Updated on August 20, 2013

Get a High End Look for Less

Go batty this Halloween with these cute place cards, inspired by a high-end retailer, where they’re $18 a pair. Even with the investment in a can of chalkboard paint (about $6), this version is much easier on the wallet! I used 1 inch block since I already had them, but I recommend using 1 ½ inch blocks for even greater stability. Lightweight balsam wood cutouts are about 30 cents each at a craft store.


What You'll Need:

4 Halloween cutouts

4 wooden blocks, 1 ½ inches

4 sticks (cut from your yard) or bamboo skewers

Orange craft paint

Black craft paint

Craft primer

Black chalkboard paint

Spanish moss

Hot glue


What to Do:

Paint each block with orange craft paint and allow to dry. Add a top coat of black craft paint and allow to dry. Lightly sand the edges to reveal the orange underneath for a rustic look. Paint each stick with black craft paint and allow to dry.

If the wood cutouts have rough edges, lightly sand and wipe with a barely damp paper towel. Apply a coat of primer to each side of each cutout and allow to dry. Following the directions on the spray can, spray one side of each cutout and allow to dry. Paint the other side.

Assemble the place cards by attaching a cut out to a stick with hot glue. Glue each stick to a block, making sure it’s stable. (Make sure the cut end of the stick is straight and drill a small hole if necessary to seat the stick into the block.) Apply a dab of hot glue to the base of the stick and arrange a tuft of Spanish moss to cover the glue; trim the moss.

Write each guest’s name on a place card with chalk, or use them on a buffet to identify each dish.



Steal the Look!

Give your spooktacular place cards a fitting table with a few Halloween tricks. Use spider web foam die-cuts ($1 each at craft stores) between a clear plate and a charger. Add an orange cotton napkin embellished with an iron-on Halloween graphic tied with a pretty ribbon in Halloween colors and you're nearly there. Candy corn makes the perfect candle ring for any everyday candle to give it a more festive look.

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