Level: Easy Tip: You might want to wear an apron for this project.
Today, my friend, Mayan, and I made cool animal party favors and place cards. Place cards are used during dinner parties to help your guests know where to sit at the table. They also make a table look amazing. I met Mayan through my friend, Remy (see a photo of Remy in the My Trip To Paris post), and I’ve known her since I was about 2 years old. As you can hear on our video Mayan likes to ride horses. And, like me, her family is very multicultural. She is part Chinese and part Native American. (I am mostly Chinese, Irish, Mexican with a little bit Native American) Hope you have fun making these and don’t forget to check out our HOW-TO VIDEO!
Pick an *animal figurine to paint. We like the kraft style paper mache animals, but you can also paint a wooden or plastic animal, too. Apply paint with a brush. For holidays, we think gold or silver paint looks great. *(animal figurines were $2.50 to $3.50-see resources at bottom of post)
While the figurines are drying, make name cards. If you are using these as party favors or as a gift, then you will want to write the person’s name on a piece of card stock or a gift tag (see photo of horse below) and loop it around the animal’s neck. If you are using them as table name or place cards like we did, then you can visit the Martha Stewart’s Clip-Art & Template Crafts to get the free one we used and see other fun ones. You can also find a cute place card template with polka dots at Whimsey Box Blog. Click on the links to print the free template, print the template, then cut them out.
Write the names of your guests on the place cards and, Voila, you are finished.Place your adorable figurine on the table or in the gift bag to your friend(s) and admire them!
RESOURCES: Kraft/papier mache animal figurines online at Amazon or at Artist & Craftsman Supply ($2.50 each), Silver or Gold acrylic paint available at your local art store. Place card templates from: Martha Stewart’s Clip-Art & Template Crafts. All dishes from Anthropologie. Linens from Sur La Table.
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