October 21, 2015
I have to admit, today makes me a little sad as this is the sixth and final feature our Fiskars DIY series. Being able to search our extensive archives of real DIY weddings and bring you projects directly influenced by our amazingly creative brides has been an absolute pleasure and honor for me. Today’s post is extra special as I had the opportunity to actually meet the bride who inspired this project, and hear first-hand about what inspired her – which you will never guess! If you are a bride that loves paper projects and is looking for a fun, unique and simple escort card idea – this is for you. These DIY printed + punched wedding escort cards have me like #woah – all the steps and the free downloads are waiting for you below. Happy Crafting!
Real DIY Wedding
This turquoise + marine blue, DIY wedding held at an aircraft museum had me at turquoise, lol. But seriously, Doug + Sarah handmade so many wonderful things for their special day including awesome punched escort cards, bbq sauce favors, our DIY cufflinks, amazing invitations, custom beer labels and so much more! You’ve got to stop by to see it. Images from Wheeland Photography.
Best Escort Card Idea Ever
Since I am a paper + unique detail freak – I was obsessed with these escort cards the moment I saw them. They might be my most favorite that I have ever seen… so it was a complete honor to be able to re-create them for you in this tutorial.
Sarah was inspired by a hot-dog menu of all things! When she ordered her dog, she had to punch out all the toppings she wanted and a lightbulb went off – this would be super cool to do for our wedding!
Jen + Sarah
Ok… seriously, it is such a small world! Long story short, Sarah and I found out that we only live a few blocks from each other – crazy right!?! So I invited her over when I shot this project and she was kind enough to bring one of her seating cards with her. She was also sweet enough to jump on Periscope with me for one of my Tool Tuesday editions! The internet is crazy amazing and I’m so glad I was able to connect with her.
- Fiskars 12″ Deluxe Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail
- Fiskars Rectangle Hand Punch
- Fiskars 8″ Mixed Media Shears
- 8.5″ x 11″ Cardstock
- Map pins
- Cork Foam Board + Spray Paint
Free Design Printables
I created two free printable designs for you that you can grab at the end of the post. One for the cards themselves and one for the display board. Both print onto 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock. The design color is black so you can use light-medium depth of colored paper.
If the design of these cards doesn’t fit your theme, design your own to match! The font I used is called Mensch.
Cut The Cards
I’m using my fabulous new paper trimmer, the Fiskars Deluxe Paper Trimmer to cut each of these cards out. You can also just cut them out by hand, but using this trimmer cuts the time down significantly and then you’ll also have crisp + sharp edges.
Add Your Guests Names
Simply hand write your guests names on the front of the cards. The printed design is actually the backside of the card.
Punch Out Each Table
OMG – the fun part and the reason I was obsessed with this idea. Once you have a card for each guest, and you’ve figured out your seating arrangement (this post might help with that); simply punch out a rectangle to the coordinating table using this awesome Fiskars Rectangle Hand Punch!
Eeeeee…. I’m dying. I know, paper dork, it’s fine though because I acknowledge it… but how freaking cute are these???
Cut Out The Sign
Next up, cut out the saying for the top of your escort card display board.
Paint A Corkboard
Totally optional. I found these awesome “foam” cork boards on Amazon. They are 3/4″ foam with a layer of cork on top – which is perfect for the push pins as they won’t poke out the back! I sprayed the cork white to match the color palette I was going for.
Create Your Display
I was able to fit 25 cards on this 16″ x 20″ cork board. However, Sarah needed 3 boards that were a little larger than this to hold all of her cards. You’ll need to do some figuring when it comes to the display at your unique event.
Simply use map pins or push pins to hold the sign and cards to your board.
I am so crazy over these printed + punched cards!
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DIY Tutorial Credits
Photography + DIY Tutorial: Jen Carreiro of Something Turquoise // 12″ Deluxe Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail, Rectangle Hand Punch and 8″ Mixed Media Scissors: courtesy of Fiskars // Pale Green Map Push Pins: Amazon // 16″ x 20″ Cork Foam Board: Amazon // Krylon Spray Paint: Amazon // 8.5″ x 11″ Cardstock in Gravel: Paper-Source // 64″ High x 27-1/2″ Wide BLACK Wooden Tripod Easel: Amazon // Font Used: my fav Mensch // nail polish: OPI – Withstands the Test of Thyme
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