Last week I gushed over all things golden for Thanksgiving and today I’m continuing the golden theme, but this time things are getting a little nutty ’round here! Walnutty to be exact. Now don’t get me wrong, I do like the way walnuts look in their natural state….quite rustic and simple, but I must admit, they could use a little edge. And since It’s in my nature to elevate the ordinary, I took it upon myself to dress them up by adding a little sparkle, in one of my favorite hues of the season, and transforming them into a practical item that every holiday hostess can use!
The finished product is a DIY place card holder that’s both simple and affordable, with posh written all over it!
Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Bag of Walnuts in the shell
Glitter or craft glue
A serrated knife, or similar
Printer paper, or blank cards (business card size) 3 1/2 x 2
Thin paint brush (if your glue does not come with one)
Setup a workspace made from newspaper, or scrap paper that you can do this craft on.
Open the bag of walnuts and place them right side up to make sure they can stand up on their own.
(The most difficult part) Take a serrated knife and in a sawing motion, cut into the very top center of the walnut-shell. Hold the walnut sturdy and continue to saw through until there’s about 1/8 – 1 1/6 of an inch slit, deep enough to insert each place card. Please be careful not to cut yourself while completing this step. It helps to curve your fingers down away from the blade of the serrated knife. You could also try using a mini saw, or any other equivalent for the same result.
Once the walnuts have been prepped for the place cards, begin taping each one-off, only leaving exposed the areas that you want covered in glitter. As you can see below, I chose a variety of different ways to tape off the walnuts so each one had a different look and design.
Once all of your walnuts have been taped, begin painting on the craft glue in the untaped areas.
Apply glitter by shaking over the top of the subject. Or you can pour glitter into a dish and dip the glue covered walnut until fully coated.
Set aside and allow at least 2 hrs to dry (overnight preferred).
Repeat these steps until all walnuts have been covered in as much glitter as your heart desires.
After the walnuts have dried, shake off any loose glitter and begin removing the masking tape.
Now they’re ready for the place cards.
My handwriting skills are not star quality…just being honest, so instead of hand writing the place cards, I simply typed up the names on my desktop and printed them off. This worked like a charm for me and you could do this for your cards as well, but if you happen to have lovely printing, then by all means display the cards with handwritten names.
Voila! An easy and affordable last-minute DIY for the holiday hostess. Complete with the sparkle that looks beautiful displayed against simplistic dinnerware.
Give them a try for a chic and stylish addition to your Thanksgiving table this Thursday.
Speaking of Thursday, do you have any plans? I’m looking forward to celebrating with good food, football and my lovely family. I hope you all have a fabulous day, however it’s spent.
posh little tips
When Thanksgiving is over, you can always display these walnuts in a fancy dish as festive decor for the remainder of holiday season!
Not a fan of gold? Simply change the color of glitter. Red, white, silver, green, or even black would be gorgeous!
Thanks for reading, I certainly won’t be taking part in any black friday chaos, but I will have a lineup of some hot holiday hostess gifts coming soon!
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