Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I totally get into making a traditional feast and love that the food is the star of the day. I also want my family and guests to feel special when we enjoy our meal. In putting finishing touches on the place settings, I thought creating my own resin place card holders would be the perfect way to do that.
Resin supplies needed to make place cardholders:
- Resin Obsession super clear resin
- Ultralease resin mold release
- Resin flower mold
- Pearl Ex powder in antique gold, red russet, and pumpkin orange
- Mixing cups and stir stix
- Metallic acrylic paint
- Pin stem backs with clutch
- Assorted crafting and scrapbooking papers, ribbons, and other embellishments to make the place cards
Step 1: Mix and color resin
Mix 45 ml total of super clear resin (30 ml Part A plus 15 ml Part B). Divide the resin into three cups after thoroughly mixing. Add in pearl ex powders as desired. For this mix, I added approximately 1/2 teaspoon of the pumpkin orange Pearl Ex, which was more than I needed. A third of a teaspoon would have been plenty.
Step 2: Pour the resin into the mold
Once the resin and Pearl Ex powder are mixed, cast it into the mold.
Not shown: I prepped the mold with a light layer of the resin mold release before casting the resin. If you haven’t used mold release before, learn how in this article on why I always use mold release.
Once all your colors are poured, cover the mold with a plastic dome to keep dust off while it cures. Allow the charms to cure undisturbed for 12 to 24 hours.
Step 3: Demold
Once cured, demold the charms by twisting the mold and pushing from the backside.
Step 4: Sand the edges
Use a file or sandpaper to file down any rough edges.
Step 5: Highlight the details
To get the flowers to look ‘vintage’, apply metallic acrylic paint in your desired shade.
Use a soft paper towel to remove paint from the high spots. This gives it a patina effect. Allow to dry for 24 hours before moving to the next step.
Step 6: Glue the stand to the resin charm back
I always save my conference name badges. Looks like it came in handy this time! The clips will be perfect to hold a card.
Use E6000 to adhere the clip to the back of the resin charm.
Tip: Test the clip in a couple of spots before you actually glue it on. I wanted to make sure you couldn’t see the clip from the front. It was easier to get that done in certain places on the back.
If you don’t have clips, you can check with an office supply store. Pin stem backs work great for this project as well.
Step 7: Make a paper name card
(Making the place cards for my holders was more challenging than the resin. Paper crafting is not my thing!)
I printed my guests’ names on white paper in a fancy font. I trimmed one edge of the paper with fancy scallop-edge scissors.
Glue the papers to a piece of cardstock a little larger in size.
(In case you are wondering, Fred is one of our cats. Of course he is a guest at all holidays.)
Apply ribbon to the other side to give your place card some more visual interest. I used burlap ribbon.
Once the glue has dried, trim the opposite edge of your card again so that it matches the white paper.
Time to put those place cards into their holders!
You have three options to use your new place cardholders:
Place the name card into the clip of your place cardholder. The clip will also help to prop up the resin flower.
I love how this looks like an expensive piece of tableware.
If using a pin stem as the back, push it through the card as a decoration.
Use the resin charm to clip the name card to the side of the napkin.
These place card holders would make nice gifts to your guests as well. They could easily be used as a fancy way to hold papers at a desk.
Need place card holders for other holidays? You could change the color of Pearl Ex powder for something to match Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holiday themes.
Which of these place card holders is your favorite?
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