Another week has flown by, which means it’s time for the second tutorial in my four week Christmas Table Setting Make-Along project! If you missed the intro/first project (stamped Christmas napkins), you can click here to see what it’s all about. This week we’ll be making…
Pompom Holly Place Cards
These are super easy to make! Let’s get started.
You will need:
- Felt (in the colour of your choosing)
- Yarn (in the colour of your choosing)
- Embroidery thread and needle
- Fabric marker
- Hot glue gun or craft glue
- Optional: small pompom maker (if you don’t have one of these you can use the fork method 😉 )
Step 1: Make your pompoms. The below image shows how to make them using a Clover pompom maker, but you can also get great results making small pompoms with a fork. Click here for a fab tutorial on how to do this. If you’re using a pompom maker, open it up and wind the yarn thickly around each side so you will end up with a nice, full pompom. Once it’s looking super chubby, close your pompom maker back up, and snip! Tie it off, and then give your pompom a haircut, so it’s an even, round shape that will work for your holly berry.
Step 2: Cut our your holly leaves. I used the fabric pen to draw a freehand shape onto the felt, then I cut out that one shape and traced around it onto the felt to cut out the rest of my leaves. Cut out two holly leaves for every pompom.
Step 3: Embroidering time! Using the embroidery thread in your chosen colour, embroider the names of your party guests on the leaves of the holly. You only need to embroider one leaf per pompom, and leave the other plain. I would suggest using backstitch or running stitch (or maybe you know something even fancier if you’re a super skilled embroiderer?). Also, if you’re lucky enough to have a digital sewing machine that can do the letters for you, you might like to do it that way, as I imagine it would save a fair bit of time! (However, in that case you’d probably want to embroider the names onto the felt before cutting out the leaves).
Step 4: Glue your leaves to the pompom and you’re done! I glued my leaves together at the base, and then glued both leaves to the pompom, so the back is nice and neat. If you like, you could also sew or glue a loop of ribbon to the back, so they can double as hanging ornaments for your guests to take away.
And there you have it. How easy was that?! Are working on any handmade Christmas projects? Do you think having cute place cards can distract from any potential Christmas seating plan politics? Do share in the comments if you’re making any of my projects, or any Christmas projects you happen to be making. I’d love to see!