I don’t know why I thought finding a free template for place cards for the wedding would be a good idea. You’d think I’d have learned after the DIY invitation fiasco. But I didn’t. I spent way too much time online trying to find a decent template in the right colors that looked fancy enough for our trying-to-be-fancy-even-though-we’re-not wedding.
Then I got sick of it. I decided to make my own. From start to finish I was done in ten minutes. It was so easy I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. If you like the template I’ve got going on here, feel free to download it and use at will. If not, I’m going to give you a real easy tutorial on how to make your own.
1. Open up Microsoft Word. Select Create a New Document, and search for “Place Cards” in the template search. Select “Clouds design, fold-over style, 4 per page”. Open that.
2. Select the background on each of the four place cards and delete. Under “TABLE TOOLS” select the DESIGN tab. Under that tab to the right you will see all the border options. Click on the arrow in the drop down box that says “No Border.” Select some type of dashed or dotted line border so you will know where to cut the cards.
3. Go to PicMonkey.com. (No, we’re not affiliates. I just use them to edit photos. I’m way too cheap and way too unskilled to use PhotoShop.) Select “Design.”
4. Go down to the butterfly image on the left. This is Overlays. Pick an appropriate overlay for the border surrounding the name on your place card. For our wedding, the best options were under the “Scrapbooky” category. Pick your overlay and put it on the big white box. Resize it to make it kind of big relative to that big white box.
5. Change the color of your overlay by having it selected, and then clicking on the color you want in the little pop-up box that shows up on the right side of the screen. Save your image. You’re done with PicMonkey.
6. In Word, open up that place card document if you’ve already closed it. Go to the INSERT tab, and then click on Picture (near the left.) Select your PicMonkey image/design from the previous steps. Open/insert it.
7. Under “PICTURE TOOLS,” click on FORMAT. In the center right-ish, click on Position, and then click on More Options. Go to the Text Wrapping tab, and select Behind Text. Click OK.
8. Resize and move your image/border/design thing so that it’s lined up with the names in the center. (Remember these cards will be folded in half.) Now copy the image, and paste it in the other 3 place cards, centering as you go along. (The sizing should be the same.)
9. Edit your text. Adjust size and font to your liking. (I preferred any font that had “Script” after it for this specific event.) Edit the names to reflect who will be at your event, and print!
10. Cut, fold. Done.
Too lazy to do it yourself? Let me do it for you.