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DIY Chevron Cut-Out Placecards

November 25, 2013

Every other week, Anna Hezel talks about the innovations, decorations, and other quiet touches that make a party memorable.

Today: A simple, modern DIY place setting for all the holidays coming your way this month.

The season for holiday party panic is upon us, but take a deep breath. We're going to get through this. Pour yourself a glass of Scotch, make a grocery list, and let's talk about decorations.

With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years within almost a month of one another, you may be mentally preparing yourself to host more than one party, but if you play your cards right, you can use a few simple decorations for all four of these holidays. These chevron placecards are simple and modern, and the wood-grain cardstock has a warm, homey feel that works for any holiday dinner. If you want to add a touch of green to your table, you can weave a sprig of rosemary, thyme, or holly through the slits. You can even repurpose the cutout chevron shapes to make a little paper garland, like I did.

- several sheets of wood-grain card stock or paper-thin wood (available from stores like Paper Presentation)
- a pair of scissors (we especially like these)
- a pen


1. Cut card stock into 3 x 3 1/2-inch rectangles and fold in half vertically.


2. Cut four diagonal slits in the fold side, each about 1/4 of an inch.


3. Write the names of your guests below the slits. Get ready to party!

More: See 3 ways Amanda & Merrill like to set a table.

Photos by Anna Hezel


Marian B. November 25, 2013
I love this because it's actually something I could -- and would -- do. Thanks for the inspiration, Anna!
mary-ellen November 25, 2013
You can never leave seating to chance! I am totally making these!<br />Thanks
mrslarkin November 25, 2013
I'll be lucky if I get dishes on the table. ;)