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How to use place-cards as an expression of Thanksgiving

Place-cards are a necessity for a formal dinner such as Thanksgiving or Christmas. They allow each guest at a large gathering to easily find their seat and helps the host avoid potential Thanksgiving dinner pitfalls like having the aging great Aunt next to a rowdy teenager or having small children seated next to each other without adequate adult supervision.  We love this golden pear place-card because it combines beauty with function. Here’s how we did it.

Step 1: Gather your supplies. You will need the following: paper towels to protect your work surface, styro-foam pears, 2 rubber gloves, a small sea sponge, Rub ‘n Buff  Wax Metallic Finish in Antique Gold and Antique Copper, a small piece of tin foil and Rust-oleum Crystal Clear Enamel. For the leaves (not shown here) we used transparent vellum, brown craft paper and kitchen twine.

Step 2: Put on your gloves. Squeeze a small amount of both metallic finishes onto the piece of foil. Using your finger, rub a small amount of the copper finish onto the bottom half of the pear. Make sure to get it into all of the grooves and dimples.

Step 3: Now rub the antique gold finish into the top half of the pear overlapping the copper a little. This is not an exact science, just rub the paint in until all of the pear’s original color is covered.

Step 4: Using the sea sponge, dab it into a mixture of both the copper and the gold and lightly press it all over the pear randomly to  mimic the natural mottling and color variations. When you are finished there shouldn’t be any hard lines and the two colors should be well blended.

Step 5: Go outside into a well ventilated area and spray a light coat of  clear enamel on your pears to protect the finish. Allow at least 30 minutes to dry before handling.

Step 6: Add your leaves. We printed a personalized message saying we were thankful for each person that we printed onto brown craft paper and then drew a leaf design that we then cut out. If your leaf-drawing skills are not up to par, you can use this handy template. We punched a hole into a leaves, wrote the name onto the vellum and attached them to the pear with kitchen twine.

Voila! Golden pear place-cards! Happy crafting!


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