DIY Succulent Place Cards (And a Michaels Discount!)

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I have to preface this post by publicly admitting to being a massive Michaels junkie. You can find me there at least once a week hunting around for supplies for any number of different projects. Today I’m so excited to be bringing you the how-to for creating these DIY succulent place cards. They’re the perfect addition to any reception and can be personalized by swapping out colors, ribbons and even changing out the succulents for your favorite flowers. Better yet, all of the supplies are available at Michaels plus they’re quick and easy to assemble. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Supplies –

  • small galvanized pails
  • small Styrofoam® balls
  • succulents
  • floral cutters
  • hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • floral moss
  • ribbon
  • jute twine
  • scissors
  • small 1/8″ dowel(s)
  • cardstock
  • double-stick tape or Xyron

First, place a small Styrofoam ball in the bottom of each galvanized pail. Cut the stem off each succulent. Stick the succulent into the Styrofoam ball and secure in place with a bead of hot glue. Fill in and around the succulent with moss to help cover up the Styrofoam.

Cut strips of ribbon and glue one strip around the center of each pail. I personally fell in love with this honeycomb print ribbon, but Michaels has hundreds of options in different colors to perfectly match the look and feel of your wedding. Cut lengths of jute twine and tie in a bow around the ribbon. If you find that the twine is shifting, hold it in place with a dollop of hot glue.

I chose to use these cute little pails as place cards, but they would also be adorable as favors or escort cards. To create my place card tags I cut a 1-1/2″ square from cardstock and a square of brown kraft paper in the same size. I hand lettered each name on the kraft paper square, then attached it face out to the cardstock using my Xyron double-stick adhesive. Place a wooden dowel between the name tag and another piece of cardstock tag. It could be the same color or a different color. (I chose a textured carstock in a golden color.) Use adhesive dots to attach together, hiding the backside of the dowel. Trim your dowel to the desired length and insert into the pail, pushing it into the Styrofoam to secure in place.

Alternately, you could also create monogram or other message on your computer, then print onto white cardstock, trim to size and finish using the steps above. Want to turn your place cards into escort cards? Note each with a table assignment and arrange on a pretty table near the reception entrance.

And that’s it! Super easy and really sweet succulent place cards that look adorable at each place setting. These would also be perfect for bridal showers or your rehearsal dinner, too! So, are you ready to get crafting? Swing by your local Michaels, hunt around to see what goodies they have and get inspired. Bonus! Michaels is offering The Sweetest Occasion readers a coupon good for 20% off your entire regular price wedding purchase valid now through June 30, 2012. You know you love a discount. (I sure do!) Happy crafting!

{Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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So simple but such an adorable way of displaying place cards! Thanks for sharing!

These are so sweet! I love the idea of using succulents as place setting and favors :)

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Very pretty, and such a unique idea

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