If you’re looking for a little something special for your holiday table, why not try combining a guest favor with a personalized place card setting? Leather is and always has been a great textile for both feminine and masculine tastes, and I can tell you from experience the guys love this gift just as much as the gals.
I recently made a batch of these for an outdoor feast I put together for a group of friends, and since we were all tracking on the same book together, a combo bookmarker/place setting couldn’t have been more perfect. But I’m just as excited to use these at the holiday tables this year since they were such a hit.
For the guys, I used metal grommets to add a little detail, and for the ladies, I used pieces of leftover ribbon from my little scrap bag so everyone’s gift had a little personality all its own.
This is a quick and simple craft that works great if you need a big batch of gifts. I’m using real leather for the guys, scrapped from an $8 thrift store jacket that keeps on giving. And for the feminine version, I’m using vegan leather purchased from the craft store. Just the smallest scrap is all you need. If you want to add the optional paint detail, you’ll just need two colors of acrylic craft paint.
Using your rotary cutter or scissors cut your leather to size desired, then slice the end diagonally. Mine measure about 1-1/2 inches wide by 7 inches long each, not counting the top “ribbon” piece. I find that a rotary cutter makes it much easier to keep lines straight.
Mark and cut a tiny sliver of a hole at the top or use a leather punch to create a hole for the grommet or ribbon.
For the grommet version, install per instructions with your grommet punch tool.
Cut a thin slice of leather about 10 inches long to use as your “ribbon.” Fold ribbon in half, loop it back on itself and pull it nice and tight. Optional: To add a little color, paint a diagonal pattern as shown with acrylic craft paint in the pattern desired. Let dry before continuing.
Using your white pen, write each guest name carefully on each bookmarker. I suggest writing (or printing) it out on paper first, then putting your pattern right above your bookmarker so you have a reference for forming the letters. This also gives you an idea of how wide your names will each be, allowing you to place the names correctly and avoid running out of room.
Now just lay each bookmarker across your dinner place setting and just see how excited your guests will be to find their little favor when the dinner bell rings.
These make the cutest little teachers gifts, hostess gifts, book club gifts or stocking stuffers for Christmas or Holiday gift giving. They have a very rich and elegant feel and any book lover would appreciate their classy style.
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