DIY Leather Place Cards

Add a personal touch to your table settings with these stylish DIY leather place cards. Easy and quick to make, these personalized place cards are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, holidays and birthdays.

A DIY leather place card on a white plate

I feel like we could all use a little Thanksgiving in our lives right about now.  A real time to gather around a table full of food in the company of friends or family or, best of all, both. We chatted yesterday about “Friendsgiving” and this idea of entertaining that’s more understated, focusing on community rather than a perfectly styled table.

In the spirit of our “use what you have” mantra, we created place cards from leftover leather scraps from this tutorial and decided they deserved their own home on the blog.  I was really happy with the way they came out and in took us just 10-15 minutes to create 6 of these guys, so it’s really quite simple.  What are you doing this Thanksgiving?  In the spirit of unity and coming together, I hope we all find a place at a very welcoming table this November 24th, wherever that may be…

DIY leather place cards on a marble work surface

What You’ll Need to Make DIY Leather Place Cards

  • Scrap prices of leather hide
  • Letter press stamps
  • Hammer
  • Exacto knife
  • Leather hold punch
  • Leather string or yarn

Cutting out the DIY leather place cards

How To Make DIY Leather Place Cards

This was is super simple! Use an exacto knife to cut a square of leather. Dampen the leather with a wet paper towel before stamping letters into the leather with a hammer (about 10 taps depending on how bold you want the letters). Then use the hole punch and stamp a few holes to sew through colorful yarn or leather string.

Stamping the leather punching holes in the leather

Personalized Place Cards for Any Occassion

We made these place cards for Thanksgiving, but they are perfect for any table setting. They’re perfect throughout the holidays and large family and friends gatherings. They’s also be great for a rustic wedding.

Leather Name Tags

The leather is so easy to personalize with everyones name, it really takes no time at all! We kept things simple by just adding the names, but you can embellish them any way you want!

Sewing the DIY leather place cards DIY leather place cards ready to thread

Rustic place settings

I love how these DIY place cards will fit in with most table settings and themes – I like to coordinate the color of thread with the other decorations on the table.  They’re a perfect DIY option of a formal dinner party but will be equally at home at a rustic wedding or Thanksgiving dinner.

Threading the DIY leather place cards A DIY leather place cards  on a plate next to a knife and fork

Photography by Katie Jameson

Crafting by our TEC Editorial Assistant, Britt Towns

Be sure to check out these other table setting ideas!

What do you think of these DIY leather place cards? I’d love to hear from you, so be sure to leave a comment below!

DIY Leather Placecards

Add some style to your table with these easy DIY place cards
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Keyword: diy place cards, place cards, table settings
Yield: 6
Author: Jen Pinkston

Materials

  • Scrap prices of leather hide
  • Letter press stamps
  • Hammer
  • Exacto knife
  • Leather hold punch
  • Leather string or yarn

Instructions

  • This was is super simple! Use an exacto knife to cut a square of leather. Dampen the leather with a wet paper towel before stamping letters into the leather with a hammer (about 10 taps depending on how bold you want the letters). Then use the hole punch and stamp a few holes to sew through colorful yarn or leather string.

  1. These place cards are so unique and love the DIY. It makes it more personal.

    xx, Fatima
    http://www.fatimasabri.com

    • Jen Pinkston

      11/17/2016

      Thanks, Fatima! I’m obsessed with leather everything right now! Someone is going to have to take away my leather stamp!