Thanksgiving dinner is looming near...I can almost smell the roasted yams! In an uncustomary stroke of preparedness, we thought ahead to make some festive place card holders for the holiday table. These are natural and rustic - they'll fit into any harvesty kind of tablescape...but they aren't so Thanksgiving-y that you can't save them for use at any dinner party you have in the future. I actually made these a few years ago to hold the table numbers at my wedding...so they hold a special place in my party-planning heart.
This craft requires birch logs (or any type of wood, actually) and the ability to saw them in half and into about 3" pieces. I used my Dad's table saw (okay, and my Dad)...but if you want to play lumberjack and have the inclination, you could accomplish it with a handsaw, I'd imagine. I used a hacksaw like this one to make the slit that holds the cards. You'll also want some kind of vice to hold the log steady while you saw. I think we know each other well enough by now (don't we?) that I don't need to say this, but just in case - I'm no lumberjack. Any method you have for hacking up wood may be better than mine - go for it!
What you'll need:
- log(s) - allow about 3" for each card you need, keeping in mind that the log will be cut in half, so you have two holders for each 3" of log
- table saw & hacksaw (see notes above)
- a vice - a lightweight one like this would do
- any type of place card (nothing too floppy) - I used this paper, which I cut into squares
- a few pressed leaves, optional
On a table saw, cut each log in half lengthwise and then each half into approximately 3" pieces. Secure each piece in a vice and use a hand saw to cut a slit in the top, about 1/2" deep.
The slit will hold the place card upright...you can tuck a pressed Autumn leaf into the slit as well, to add a little extra seasonal flair.
Now all we need is turkey! And mashed potatoes. And green bean casserole, and yams, and biscuits, and...oh well, at least the table's set.
(all images, Jamie Grill Photography)