Make These Pretty, Rustic Place Card Holders

Rustic Place Card Holders Made From Sticks
When we started scheming the rustic tablescape for our Home for the Holidays party with HGTV’s Design Happens, I knew I wanted to do place card holders made out of sticks. I saw them on Pinterest and fell in love. I wanted to make my own and color block them like these antlers. But, by now, you know I’m not the craftiest DIYer in the Made + Remade bunch.

Cue Kelly, Hannah and Michele. With their crafty know-how, we made these adorable place card holders, and once you see how easy they are, you’ll want to make these for any occasion. The best part is going shopping/foraging in your yard so it’s a great budget project, too. Kelly found these great dogwood sticks in her yard that could be mistaken for stained store-bought dowel rods, save the knots and lichen. Michele had the idea to bundle the sticks with copper wire instead of hot gluing together.

Click through the photos below to see how we did it!

Hannah made the dyed paper place cards with cold press water color paper and followed this dye how-to from Michele. I love the torn edges and how the texture of the paper comes through.

Rustic Place Card Holders at Food Table

We also used the place card holders for the food table. How cute are these soup shooters? Recipe coming soon on Design Happens. You can also see more of our holiday table in these HGTV posts:

8 Tips to Design a Festive Table

Make a Holiday Centerpiece (in a Gutter!)

Dining Table Mood Board

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at’s Design Happens to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited! Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.


Step 1

 Open GalleryDogwood SticksForage. Go through your yard or public park and look for sticks with about a 1/4-inch diameter that are smooth. The more dowel-like it looks, the better. I really liked the knots and moss and lichen but all those bumps are hard to work with.

Step 2

 Open GalleryMeasuring SticksMeasure and mark 4.5-inch sections in the sticks to cut.

Step 3

 Open GalleryCutting SticksCut sticks with outdoor pruning sheers. I’d never used them before but Kelly taught me how to use hers. The dogwood was pretty tough. If you have trouble making a cut straight down, make two cuts on opposite sides and move the stick back and forth against the blade until it breaks in the middle.

Step 4

 Open GalleryTape Sticks to PaintTape off the areas you want to paint on the stick with painter’s tape.

Step 5

 Open GalleryPaint Sticks Paint a couple of thin coats of acrylic craft paint with a foam brush, allowing each coat to dry in between. We used a deep plum to go with the Home for the Holidays color palette but a pine green would also be pretty for Christmas.

Step 6

 Open GalleryDrawing With Gold Sharpie We were going to use metallic paint for the gold rings, but Hannah discovered it is much easier to use a gold Sharpie. Just do little strokes until you make a full circle around the stick.

Step 7

 Open GalleryMeasuring Copper WireTake your copper wire and cut 10-inch pieces for each place card holder. Thanks to Hannah for teaching me how to cut wire with needle nose pliers. So that’s what that thing in the middle is for… 20-gauge should do the trick. We tested a smaller size and it wasn’t strong enough.

Step 8

 Open GalleryWrap Copper WireTake two sticks and bundle together with a piece of copper wire. To get a tight wrap on the sticks, take your piece of wire and place the stick in the middle. Wrap the left end of the wire to the right and the right end of the wire to left. You’re crossing the ends over to create a tight wrap. Continue to wrap the ends around until you run out. Use needle nose pliers to press down any wire sticking out.

Step 9

 Open GalleryRustic Place SettingPlace your dyed paper place cards in the middle and adjust the sticks to stand on their own. These look so cute on top of Kelly’s block printed napkins!


  • Sticks 
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Craft Paint
  • Metallic Sharpie
  • Copper Wire (20 Gauge)


  • Hand Pruners
  • Foam Brushes
  • Ruler


About Deanne Revel 


I manage social media for, and When I'm not instagramming and pinning, I'm dancing at Zumba and failing at the shimmy. I love vanilla chai, ...

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One Response

  1. sheetalkapoor33 says:

    Beautiful!! What a lovely way to hold invitations and cards. It's a great idea to hold our precious cards in such adorable rustic card holders. I want to try it too. Thanks for sharing this lovely idea and its steps.

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