DIY Coaster Place Cards for Spring Celebrations

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Spring is here, which means longer days, flowers blooming and holidays such as Passover and Easter. My family normally hosts a small gathering for Easter with my in-laws. Even though it’s an intimate affair, I like to make it feel warm, thoughtful and elegant.

If you’re looking for a fun but decorative DIY for a Passover or Easter gathering, make your own place cards. DIY coaster place cards not only help your guests find their seats comfortably, but they also provide a decorative element that anchors your table.

This year, instead of using the usual cardstock prints, I made some simple yet elegant place cards out of some coasters I found a few years back. You can find inexpensive coasters at any Dollar Tree or Dollar General near you.

I thought it would be fun to use them as a place card and a coaster. The best part is that your guests can take them home as favors. You can make this project with coasters and letter adhesives from Michael’s. They come in various sizes and fonts.

DIY Coaster Place Cards | Photo: Mimi Markopoulos

Without a cricut or cutting machine …
If you do not have a cricut or other cutting machine, you will need:
*Plain coasters
*Letter adhesives and stickers
When you use letter adhesives from a craft store, you can stick them to your coasters and set them by each place setting.

Use a cricut cutting machine to make Easter place cards. | Photo: Mimi Markopoulos

With a cricut maker or cutting machine …
If you own a cricut or other cutting machine, you will need:
* Vinyl (any desired color)
* Plain coasters
* Contact paper

If you’re using a cricut or cutting machine, design and write out the names. Choose the font you desire and cut your vinyl. Remove the excess vinyl from the lettering and use the contact paper to apply the vinyl name to your coaster.

If you have excellent penmanship or know how to letter, feel free to use a marker or some paint to write directly on the coasters. Seal them with a paint seal so that your guests can use the coasters without having the paint or marker run.

Whether you are planning to decorate a Passover Seder table or an Easter dinner table, it’s important to keep your table setting uncluttered and simple. Fresh flowers make a splendid centerpiece. I like to use pretty spring colors to pull everything together but not lose focus on the food and the religious importance of the occasion.