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Easy DIY Place Cards for Christmas

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Spruce up your holiday table with these easy DIY place cards for Christmas! Make your guests feel special with a fancy, personalized buffalo check and rosemary name place card!

My absolute favorite part of setting a holiday table is adding the personalized touch of name place cards.

Guests feel so special when they’ve got a “spot” at the table.

Plus, it prevents the chaos of everyone scrambling to find a seat when it’s time for dinner! 😉

I hope this simple tutorial inspires you to make some DIY place cards for Christmas this year!

Be sure to grab a pack of pens from Pilot Pen for this project – click here or on the image above to shop Target for both their G2® and FriXion® lines.

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And if pens are on your holiday shopping list, be sure to make note of these specials Target has going too!

25% off Participating Pilot Pen products from Nov. 24, 2019-Dec. 21, 2019

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Ok, let’s get to the project, shall we? 🙂

DIY Personalized Christmas Place Cards

These simple DIY personalized Christmas place cards are a fun and easy way to make your guests feel extra spoiled!

Materials Needed:

  • Black and Green G2® Pens by Pilot Pen
  • White Cardstock
  • Fresh Rosemary Stems
  • Foam Adhesive Dots

Tools Needed:

  • Paper Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Corner Round Punch
  • Pencil


How to Make Christmas Table Name Tags

For a printable copy of the materials and instructions, scroll down.

Step 1: Make the Buffalo Check Cards

Start by cutting your card stock into 4″ x 3.5″ cards.

Then, use a pencil to mark 1/2″ spacings around each side of the card.

Using your ruler and the black G2® Pen, draw lines between the marks in both directions.

This should leave you with a 1/2″ grid.

Next, using your ruler (or free-hand it) to draw small spaced lines in every other square to create the “shaded” boxes in your pattern.

Lastly, completely fill in the alternating boxes on every other row to complete the buffalo check pattern.

I’m always so impressed with the G2® Pens! Not only are the comfortable to write with, but the smooth gliding ink (available in 27 colors!) makes it really easy to create lovely projects.

I mean, it’s no wonder they’re the #1 selling pen brand in America! 😉

To save time and make them uniform, I chose to make photo copies of my original buffalo check card for the remaining 5.

You could do the same, or hand make each of them – totally up to you!

Step 2: Add the Rosemary

Gently fold over the end of your card and use scissors to cut the top and bottom edges of the middle square in the second column.

Then slide your rosemary stem down into the slits.

Step 3: Make and Add the Name Tag

Start by cutting out enough 1″ x 2″ pieces of card stock for all your place settings.

If you’re good at calligraphy, you can simply hand-write the names on these small pieces and move on to the latter part of this tutorial.

Since I’m not good at calligraphy at all, I used my reverse stencil method for tracing printed text – here’s how it’s done:

Start by printing the names off of your computer in a font you like (I used Bromello) making sure that the font size you use doesn’t make the names larger than your 1″ x 2″ tag.

Cut out one of the names then turn it over and shade the entire back-side of the paper with pencil.

Now, turn it back over and place it face-up on your white card stock name tag.

Trace the printed name with your black G2® Pen.

The pressure of the pen will transfer the pencil from the back onto your tag, giving you a perfect outline of the text to color in!

Use one of your G2® Pens from Pilot Pen to color in the name (I chose green to go along with my green/black/white holiday decor) and then round the edges using a corner rounding punch.

Lastly, use an adhesive foam dot to stick the name tag to the top of the buffalo check paper and you’re done!

I love how ours look on the holiday table!

The rosemary smells amazing too. 😉

As promised, here are the printable instructions:

Yield: 6 Place Cards

DIY Buffalo Check Place Cards

DIY Buffalo Check Place Cards

Add a special touch to your holiday table this year with these easy, personalized place cards!

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $3


  • Black and Green G2® Pens by Pilot Pen
  • White Cardstock
  • Fresh Rosemary Stems
  • Foam Adhesive Dots


  • Paper Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Corner Round Punch
  • Pencil


  1. Cut 4" x 3.5" cards from your white card stock.
  2. Use a ruler to mark and draw a 1/2" grid on each piece.
  3. Use a ruler or free hand small spaced lines in every other square of the grid to create the "shaded" portion of the buffalo check pattern.
  4. Fill in completely the alternating boxes on every other row to complete the pattern.
  5. Cut the top and bottom lines of the middle box on the second column and push your rosemary stem through the slits.
  6. Cut 1" x 2" card stock cards for the name tags.
  7. Write (or stencil) the names of your guests on the cards.
  8. Punch the corners with a corner rounder.
  9. Adhere the name tag to the buffalo check paper using a foam adhesive dot.


Simply photo copy your original buffalo check paper to save on time.

Check out the entire blog post for my "reverse stencil" method that makes fancy calligraphy super easy!

So, you feeling inspired to grab some pens from Pilot Pen at Target and get crafting?

I sure hope so!

Happy Holidays, friends.



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