DIY: cork placecards


Remember these pretty DIY placecards that Cara and I made (with the pretty photo by Laura Kay)? Cara is here today to share her tutorial so that you can make your own for your next event, and I’ve supplemented her instructions with some photos.

To read the full tutorial after the jump, click:

placecard diy

Here’s what you need:

1. Place cards
2. Exacto knife (or box cutter)
3. Glue Gun/Glue
4. Pennies or buttons (any small, flat object will work)
5. Credit card
6. Corks


1. Use the exacto knife to cut a slit through the cork while cork is horizontal. (Note from Ellie: I ended up making more of a wedge cut).

2. Use a glue gun to glue less than a penny sized drop of glue on the bottom of the cork.

3. Place penny/button on dab of glue and hold for at least 10 seconds to ensure sturdiness. Allow to dry for about 10 minutes before moving on to next step.


4. Swipe a credit card several times through the slit. This action will allow place cards to be inserted without damage.

5. Insert place card in slit of cork as soon as step 4 has been completed.


Thanks Cara! This is a quick & easy project for your wedding or any event (Thanksgiving, anybody?).

22 Responses to “DIY: cork placecards”


October 23, 2009 at 12:13 pm

This is what I planned for my wedding at a vineyard! Thank you for the tutorial so I can make them on my own.

Sidney Ann

October 23, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I love this idea. I’ve also done it where i just cut the cork in half length-wise so it will sit flat, then cut a slit at the top of the rounded part. Works equally well :)


November 18, 2009 at 7:36 pm

In your top photo it shows the name Nick Read. That is exactly my son-in-law’s name (yes, same spelling even). That was really crazy to see! And my daughter’s name is only two letters different than the other name you have listed. Wow. However, that is a super cute idea for the card holder!

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