Today we are featuring an easy DIY project that will add some pop to your escort cards!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Paper Trimmer
- Glitter Scrapbook Paper
- Paper Punch in a shape of your choice
- Paper Cutting Tool
- 3D Foam Squares (for scrapbooking)
Estimated cost: $57 for 100 cards
(Note: You can easily make more with additional glitter paper and foam squares for approx. $7 per 100 cards.)
First I found an escort card template at LCIPaper.com. I downloaded the template and then changed the names using a pretty font (I used Dancing Script from Font Squirrel).
Once your seating cards are printed out on cardstock, use your paper trimmer to trim half an inch off each side. Then measure out the half way point on both sides and make the cuts, so you end up with four escort cards.
Turn the seating card over and measure the halfway point where you will eventually bend the card, and draw a line from left to right in pencil.
Next, use a round object as a template to draw a half circle. I used an empty iced coffee bottle and it seemed to be the perfect size. Check the front side of the card before you draw, to make sure you are drawing on the correct side. The half circle should be “above” where the text is.
After tracing the half circle, use the cutting tool to slice through the card stock along the half circle only. Be careful not to cut below the left-to-right pencil line or it will diminish the effect.
Once the half circle is cut, you can bend the paper back to create the escort card tent. You can also use a pair of scissors to carefully trim away any rough edges along the half circle.
Next, use the punch to punch out one shape for each card.
Place a foam square on the back of each shape, then remove the paper backing and stick on to your escort card, in the middle of the half circle.
You can stop here if you want, or you can use a marker to add a bit of flourish to the corners of the card.
You can use the same color or a corresponding wedding color. Or, you can use different colors to signal to the wait staff who gets what meal. For example – use blue for steak, purple for chicken, and green for vegetarian. Or you could even use different color glitter paper or different punch shapes to correspond to the guest tables (the Purple table, the Pink table, or, the Castle table, the Heart table, etc). There are a lot of different possibilities with this DIY project. Have fun!
Girl, you need a Cricut. You would be dangerous with a Cricut.
Juli, I know! I would love one but they are soooo expensive. I wanted to show brides they can do something unexpected and unique without spending hundreds on a Cricut.
I love these escort cards! The instructions on how to do this are great! I’m tempted to try making some of my own. My wedding has already come and gone but perhaps I’ll decorate our dinner table with some for me and the hubby. 🙂
That would be fun! Send me a picture if you make some. 😉
This looks super simple to do and I’m glad it didn’t take a lot of time or a lot of money. I love the little glittery castles! 🙂
The glittery castles are my favorite part! Thanks, Hope!
loveee these escort cards :X:X:X love the purple castles :X thanks for share this
Wow, great tutorial. Thank you very much! I will try that when my best friends marries in may 2013! 😀
I love the glitz & glamour escort cards. I liked how as a final touch you added the custom shape on the rounded part of the card.
This is a great tutorial for all brides-to-be who are looking for DIY ideas. Thank you so much sharing! I will sure point my clients to this post.