If you’re looking for fun wedding place card ideas, then look no further! I give you the EASIEST tutorial ever to make a DIY place card wedding template.
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‘Polaroid’ pictures of your guests are a fun way of marking their seats. And, combining Polaroid wedding name cards with your wedding favors is a great way of saving a bit of cash… after all, why pay for both?
Enter the favor gift bag. Just fill the bag with candy or cookies, peg the Polaroid picture to the bag and your wedding table is set!
Luckily for you, there is a super cheap and easy way to DIY your Polaroid wedding favor place cards…
Wedding Place Card Ideas: Polaroid Place Name Tutorial
Luckily for you, there is a super cheap and easy way to DIY your Polaroid wedding favor place cards.
What you’ll need to make free place card templates
- Photos of your guests – you can nab them off social media. Maybe try not to choose the most embarrassing photos!
- A4 photo paper
- A paper trimmer
- Washi tape (optional)
- Paper favor bags
- Mini clothes pins to attach the Polaroids to your favor bags
- Candy to fill your favor bags
You’ll also need access to Canva.com to create your DIY ‘Polaroids’, as well as a printer.
How to create unique Wedding Name Cards using Canva
For those of you new to Canva, it’s a really easy-to-use FREE online graphic design tool. Just head to Canva.com and follow the step-by-step instructions…
Step 1: Open a new file to work with. Head to the ‘Custom Dimensions’ button at top right-hand corner and choose a square dimension. I went for 500px x 500px. This will open a new tab for your design.
Step 2: Next we’re going to upload all the guest photos you want to work with. Head to the left-hand menu and select ‘Uploads’ then click the ‘Upload an image’ button at the top to open the images from your computer.
Step 3: We need to create the ‘Polaroid’ look. We can do this very easily in Canva. Head to the ‘Elements’ menu on the left-hand side and select the square photo image template under ‘Grids’.
Step 4: Resize the grid on the canvas so that it looks like the image part of a Polaroid picture.
Step 5: Now here’s the magic bit of Canva. Head to the ‘Uploads’ section and drag across one of your guest’s images into the grid. It automatically just pops right in there.
Step 6: To make things a little more cohesive, I like to make the images black and white. This is easy to do by choosing the ‘Grayscale’ option under the ‘Filter’ menu.
Step 7: Now it’s time to add your guest’s name. Choose the ‘Add a heading’ option from the ‘Text’ menu. You can change the font to whatever suits you – I’ve gone for the ‘Allura’ handwriting font.
Step 8: And that’s it. You can replicate this by choosing the ‘Copy page’ button. Then just replace the photo by pulling across the next guest image. Continue doing this for all your guests.
Step 9: Once you’re finished, it’s time to print them. Head to the Download option (arrow below). Choose ‘PDF Print’ as the File type. Be sure to select ‘Crop marks and bleed’. Then choose to ‘Download’.
Step 10: This saves a PDF file with each guest card on a separate page. Best of all, the crop marks will help you to cut them to size easily.
Step 11: Time to print! The quickest way to do this is to choose to print 6 pages per sheet. Check out my post on how to print wedding stationery at home for some printing tips.
Step 12: Once printed, you can cut them to size following the crop marks. This is easiest to achieve with a paper trimmer, or an Exacto knife and ruler. Feel free to add some washi tape or other detailing if you choose.
Pretty easy, eh? If you’re stuck for wedding place card ideas, this might just be the one for you!
This is one of those rare wedding DIY projects that ticks all the boxes… Easy to do? Yes! Big impact for a small amount of effort? Yes!… Saves you money? Yes!… Worth DIYing instead of buying? Definitely yes!
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