DIY Tutorial: Three Sparkly Bauble Place Cards

It’s Christmas everyone! So in the spirit of everything merry, festive and happy, I’ve come up with three super easy DIY wedding bauble place card tutorials.

Each one of these will liven up your wedding table, can be made in any color to suit your theme, and can double-up as a creative wedding favor that your guests will treasure and hang on their Christmas trees long after your special day is over!

Sparkly Bauble #1

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Material:

  • Plastic Christmas bauble (7cm/2.75” diameter)
  • Loose glitter
  • Card stock
  • Clear craft glue
  • Paint brush
  • Crochet thread, twine or ribbon
  • Hairspray

Estimated cost: $2 per bauble

Directions:

Step 1: Separate the bauble into two pieces and lie them down on a flat surface that you don’t mind getting messy.

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Step 2: Using the paintbrush paint each side with clear craft glue.

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Step 3: Working quickly, so that the glue doesn’t dry, sprinkle each half with loose glitter. Allow to dry

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Step 4: Prepare the nametag, either by cutting out tags from card stock or by using a name tag template like this one or this one.

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Step 5: Spray both sides of bauble with hairspray to set the glitter and prevent it from falling off.

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Step 6: Put the two sides together. Thread crochet thread, twine, or ribbon through the name tag, and then through the top of the bauble. Finished!

 

Sparkly Bauble #2

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Material:

  • Plastic Christmas bauble (7 cm/2.75” diameter)
  • Loose glitter
  • Card stock
  • Clear craft glue
  • Hairspray

Estimated cost: $2 per bauble

Directions:

Step 1: Separate the bauble into two pieces and lay each on a safe surface that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Step 2: Squeeze the craft glue away from the bauble until you have a steady, thin stream going. Then hover over the bauble and move your hand around, drawing random patterns on each side of the bauble with glue.

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Step 3: Working quickly, so that the glue doesn’t dry, sprinkle each half with loose glitter. Allow to dry.

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Step 4: Prepare your name tag (see above).

Step 5: Using your index finger or a cue tip, brush off any excess glitter to form clearly defined glue glitter lines. Then spray hairspray over the entire surface area of both halves of the bauble to seal the glitter and prevent it from coming off.

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Step 6: Put the two pieces together and insert the tag in-between the hanging piece at the top of the bauble. Finished!

 

Sparkling Bauble #3

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Sparkling Bauble #3

Material:

  • Plastic Christmas bauble (7cm/2.75” diameter)
  • Loose glitter
  • Clear craft glue
  • Paint brush
  • Crochet thread and large needle
  • Hairspray
  • Plain cotton material
  • Sticky or masking tape

Estimated cost: $2 per bauble

Directions:

Step 1: Separate the bauble in two.

Step 2: Using the paintbrush, cover the inside of one of the sides in clear craft glue. Sprinkle loose glitter inside that half and move it around until the inside surface is evenly covered. Set aside and allow to dry.

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Step 3: Measure the diameter of the bauble (in this case 7 cm/2.75 inches). Cut two pieces of material at least an inch longer than the diameter and roughly one inch in thickness. Find the center and write out the guest’s name. If that’s too hard, prepare a paper mock up, write the name here first, then trace it onto the material. Once dry, spray the inside of the glittery half of the bauble with hairspray to set the glitter and prevent it from flaking away.

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Step 4: Using the needle and crochet thread, stitch the name of a guest onto the material. Once you’ve finished, cut the thread as close to the material as possible. Take the second piece of material and cut it to the size of the name. Glue it down over the back of the stitching using the craft glue. Allow to dry.

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Step 5: Stretch the material horizontally through the center of the bauble as tightly as possible. Stick each side down to the side of the bauble to keep it taught, and then press the sides of the bauble together to trap the material between them.

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Step 6: Tug on each side if it needs tightening. Get rid of the tape and trim the material to be even with the surface of the bauble.

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TIP: If you have a steady hand or pretty handwriting, you could first write on each bauble with pencil, then use a thin paintbrush and go over your writing with clear craft glue. Then just sprinkle the glue writing with glitter. It’s a great way to personalize the baubles, and you could even add the date of your wedding at the back so that your guests always remember it.

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