How to Make Your Own Seashell Place Card Holders

By Jill Gardiner , last updated June 21, 2011

Making your own seashell place card holders will not only cut down on the cost of your wedding, it’ll also add a personal touch. Whether you’re having a destination wedding at an actual beach or just want to add a seaside feeling to a summer wedding, seashell place card holders will add that casual, beachy touch. You have a few options to choose from when deciding on the style of your seashell place card holders. Pick the one that best reflects your style. Here’s how to make them.

Single Shells

A single shell holding a hand written card is a simple, elegant way to guide your guests to their seats. There are a few ways you can achieve this look, depending on your skill level. If you or someone you know has access to a Dremel or a similar cutting tool, you can cut a narrow channel in the top of the shell in which you can slide a place card. Simply hold the shell on a work surface so that it doesn’t rock or in a vice padded with fabric so that the shell won’t scratch or break. Then cut a small hole in the top so that the card can slip inside. Be sure to wear protective eyewear when working with power tools. Another alternative is to purchase alligator clips from a craft store and hot glue them to the back of the shell. Place cards can then be clipped in.

Photo Frames

Another great way to use shells as place cards is to incorporate them into a picture frame. Simply purchase plain, inexpensive frames and hot glue seashells onto them until no portion of the frame is visible. Then insert the place card where the picture would normally be. This place card can do double duty as a wedding favor. Have your guests take them home, then send a wedding photo of you and your spouse that will fit the frame along with your thank you notes.

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