Fall is in full swing and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I love using color, fragrant aromatics and a little personalization to set a warm, inviting table for guests to enjoy a delicious meal around. Today, I am sharing how to create simple, Geometric Clay Place Card Holders while incorporating a small sprig of rosemary. –Amy
Amy is the creator of Delineate Your Dwelling, a craft blog where she shares simple projects for any skill level. She believes everyone can be creative — sometimes you just need a small push in the right direction. Amy is drawn to simple, graphic patterns and cheerful but muted colors. She loves bringing natural elements with a modern twist into her home.
- Air-dry clay
- Simple clay working tools
- Brown card stock paper
- Metallic Sharpie markers
- Rosemary plant
1. Set out a sheet of parchment paper or a cutting board to work on. Pull off a small amount of air-dry clay, just a little smaller than a golf ball size, and roll into a circular shape.
2. Using your hand, start forming and shaping the clay into basic geometric shapes. Using a VERY lightly dampened sponge, remove most of the creases and cracks out of your air-dry clay. Then, set aside and allow to start drying.
3. Once the clay is still damp but not sticky, use a metal kidney scraper (if you don’t have any clay tools, you could also use folded card stock paper) to create the place card slot. Add in the hole for the rosemary sprig, too. I used a metal point and while the clay continued to dry, I inserted a toothpick to keep its shape.
4. Allow the clay to dry about another hour. Now the clay should be fairly dry to the touch on the outside and still a little damp on the inside. Use a knife to begin cutting the geometric shapes more precisely. Once your cuts have been made, set aside to dry out completely. This takes 24 hours.
After the place card holders were fully dried, I noticed a few additional cracks had formed. Using just a small amount of new clay and a wooden smoother (or your finger), fill in the cracks. Allow for additional drying time.
5. After all the cracks have been filled and dried completely, do a quick sanding. This removes any small bumps and rough spots. I used a sponge sanding block and was done in a few moments.
6. To create place cards, cut brown card stock and add copper and gold metallic outlines using Sharpie markers for some festive holiday shimmer.
7. Cut a few small sprigs of rosemary to add to your place card holders and enjoy!
These simple place card holders look and smell lovely on my Thanksgiving table.
I paired my place card holders with emerald green goblets, a few orange and white pumpkins, and rose gold silverware.
The rosemary is the perfect touch to encourage your guests to gather around the table for a closer look!