As I was recently browsing a few of my favorite design stores for holiday decorating inspiration, I came across these Pottery Barn Woodland Animals Place Card Holders, set of six for $35.50
I’m loving the woodland animals trend right now, but as you know I’m often up for a knock-off challenge. I knew that I could make something similar to these card holders but at a fraction of the cost.
I did, it was super easy, and I’m going to share with you how so you can make your own. Or you can spend a lot more for the ones at Pottery Barn, but these might be a bit more fun and rewarding!
First, hold the head of the animal with the pliers and keep your hand out of the way. Please, don’t write to me and tell me you cut your finger off.
Holding the animal steady, cut a slice into the back of the animal. This will take a bit of muscle strength, but don’t give up. The ones I used were hollow on the inside, so once you get past that outer part it’s easier.
Don’t cut them into two pieces, just cut the slit about halfway down.
Next, hot glue the feet of the animal onto the wood circle. At first I tried super glue, which didn’t work at all. Hot glue was my Plan B, but it ended up working like a charm.
Say this with me “Gold spray paint is my friend”
Okay really, it is. I love it.
Next step, take the animals outdoors or in a well ventilated area and spray away. I used two coats.
Last is the best part. Decide what type of card you’d like your animals to hold. I printed a lot of different things onto white card stock.
I’ll be using ours as part of our Thanksgiving decor. I printed a few of these FREE Thankful Printable Cards from Home Philosophy, and I think I’ll put one in each animal and let the kids fill them out. You could also use them as name cards, recipe holders, photos, table numbers, etc.
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