Easy Wire Place Card Holder DIY

Try these easy wire placecard holders for your next holiday gathering. Get the tutorial on www.ABeautifulMess.com todayI'm convinced hosting a great dinner party is made up of 80% natural talent and 20% memorable details. There's something special about having a spot at the table reserved just for you, and it's even more exciting when it's shiny! These metallic place card holders are a quick way to add a little more charm to your tablescape without worrying about whether your guests will have anything interesting to talk about with each other. Shiny things help keep awkward pauses at bay, didn't you know?

IMG_3918I played around with a few shapes before landing on something simple and something holiday specific. You could easily do each guest's first initial, an easy icon such as an arrow, or maybe another short word such as 'hi'. I experimented with the shape of a hand pointing to their name, but it was over before it really even started. Pro tip: Don't over think your design.

Supplies for Wire Name CardsSupplies:
-20 gauge metallic wire
-3 in 1 jewelry making pliers

Step OneCut a length of wire that is about 15" long so that you can maneuver it easily. I curled up my sharp end and then gently started bending my wire in the shape of a 'J' using the widest round part of my pliers. Then I made an 'O' a little more round by using the handle of the pliers themselves.

Step TwoNext, I created a 'Y' and pinched the wire together where it doubled back on itself. Then I finished the tail of my 'Y' and bent it back up and behind the word in the shape of a mountain. This provides your card with something to get pinched in between or lean back on.

Step ThreeYou'll need to finish with a flat length that ends in another curl to help stabilize your shape. You can see how the finished design only shows the word and not the stand behind it. 

IMG_3903I suggest experimenting on a piece of wire to get comfortable with how your pliers work so you don't bend or scratch anything you're wanting to use for a place setting. 

IMG_3893IMG_3908Choose a different shape for each guest or make a handful of the same. They'll appreciate your thoughtfulness and compliment you on your natural talent! –Rachel

Credits//Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.

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