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.

  • Are you sure this is 20 gauge wire? This looks a lot bigger. Twenty gauge wouldn’t really stay in place like a larger gauge would.

  • I really like these. They’re simple but add an elegant and personalised touch. I might try them in silver for my table though!

  • Super cute idea!
    Just wondering how the wire went from a dark brown to bright gold? i didn’t see anything in the instructions about it. maybe it was just the lighting in the pictures?

  • yours turned out so nice! i love the ‘joy’ one. I don’t think I’d be able to wrap them as nicely!

  • These are so simple but so beautiful! I love the holiday themed ones that you’ve created here, but you’ve also got me thinking … so many options! There’s a lot of potential here for birthday parties, bridal showers, or even a small wedding!

  • These are so cute! I love how simple and shiny they are. Shiny is always good. 😉


  • I love this idea! I’m going to have to come up with some of my own ideas and try it!

  • Such a wonderful idea!! I fear it would take a long time to get my wire writing skills up to the greatness if yours though. 🙂


  • This is sooo cute and simple and elegant and I love it! 🙂

  • This is a really special touch to add to a dinner party. I love how you angled the photos so I can see EXACTLY what you did. Hugely helpful. Great DIY. Thanks for sharing.


  • I love this! Also I recently saw some of your photos on an etsy shop, not sure if they had permission or not. Just thought I’d let you know! https://www.etsy.com/listing/213935399/5-x-7-instant-download-printable-holiday?

  • This is so cute! Your posts seriously just make me happy 🙂 I read your blog all the way from Egypt!

  • Wow, this is so simple and yet so gorgeous! Awesome idea, thanks for sharing!

    Love, Laetitia


  • This DIY could also be a great handmade gift, and I love that you can use it again and again at the holidays. It would be hard to find anything this unique in store!! Awesome.
    Champagne for Everyday – A San Francisco Based Lifestyle and Fashion Blog

  • This is such a great post! What a cute idea! Would be so fun to try and twist the wire into the person’s name!


  • These are wonderful!
    I bet they’d be fun on a larger scale too.


  • That looks amazing and cute! Would definitely go for this when hosting a party. Maybe even for something permanent, like a postcard holder 🙂

  • Super cute!! Great for your guests to take home with them!


  • Me apaixonei por esse tutorial, que meigo, que lindo, que EU!
    Adorei o seu cantinho, se puder me visitar também, ficarei muito feliz, muitos beijos.
    futura-noiva.blogspot.com ♥

  • This diy card holder is so amazing! Love it. It’s perfect for special dinners and events. Thanks for sharing. I’ll use this idea.

  • so cute! i’ve been wanting to try these but for use as a taller photo center piece! thanks for sharing!

  • I love, love, LOVE this, Rachel! So charming, and your table looks pretty too! -Mandi

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