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!
What you'll need
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.)
- Score the bottom edges on the outside with the hobby knife to allow for a clean fold.
- Use a dry brush technique to stencil an initial on one side with black paint, or, if desired, handwrite the initial.
- Paper punch a hole on the top of each side.
- Place a small amount of sphagnum moss on the bottom and nest the bulb on top.
- 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