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Imagine the delight of your dinner guests when their experience begins with a spring bulb nestled inside a personalized placeholder. They can plant the bulb now and devour its beauty in the spring!

Imagine the delight of your dinner guests when their experience begins with a spring bulb nestled inside a personalized placeholder. They can plant the bulb now and devour its beauty in the spring!

Personalized Placeholder

What you'll needtulip bulb project

  • bristol board (white) 5736-812
  • brown craft paper 5721-748
  • hobby knife 1033-410
  • metal ruler 1048-011
  • rubber cement 5738-650
  • cutting mat 5497-731
  • Cursive Alphabet stencil 1682-593
  • black latex paint 1835-447
  • paper punch 5743-886
  • spring bulbs 5029-195/284
  • sphagnum moss 5053-078

Click here to download the placeholder pattern:

  1. Trace the placeholder pattern on bristol board. Cut it out using a hobby knife, a metal edge ruler and a cutting mat. Next, trace the bristol board cut-out on the brown craft paper and cut it out the same as the bristol board.
    trace the placeholder pattern on bristol board
  2. Dampen the brown craft paper with water and crunch it up. Un-crunch it and lay it flat to dry. This gives an interesting texture to the paper. Dry-mount paper to the bristol board with the rubber cement. (To dry-mount, place rubber cement on both the brown craft paper and the bristol board separately, let dry, and then press them together. This allows for a permanent bond.)
  3. Score the bottom edges on the outside with the hobby knife to allow for a clean fold.
    score the placeholder
  4. Use a dry brush technique to stencil an initial on one side with black paint, or, if desired, handwrite the initial.
  5. Paper punch a hole on the top of each side.
  6. Place a small amount of sphagnum moss on the bottom and nest the bulb on top.
  7. Fold the sides up and tie together with ribbon or raffia.

    * Alternatives to spring flower bulbs are chocolate Kisses®, or a trinket you know your guests will treasure