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Wooden Card Holders
Delightfully simple, these pieces of wood are a nice, rustic addition to your party’s décor. Use them to hold place cards, food labels, photos, whatever you can think of! Recently pruned a tree in your yard? Don’t discard the branches just yet—those are perfect for this craft.
Supplies & Tools:
- Tree branches, about 3–4" diameter
- Safety goggles
- Dremel or similar power tool
- Gather branches, tools and safety gear. Decide how many pieces you want to make.
- Put on safety gear.
- Use saw per manufacturer’s directions and cut branch into chunks. No need to measure or be exact when deciding the length of each chunk. A variety of sizes can add to the rustic feeling when these card holder are displayed. Our card holders range in height from 2 to 4 inches.
Note: If you do not have the necessary equipment, find a friend to help! A fellow elf in Santa’s Workshop helped us cut the branches into chunks.
- Secure a piece of wood in the workbench and/or a vice.
- Draw a line on top of each chunk using a pencil and a ruler.
- Use Dremel per manufacturer’s instructions and with the appropriate attachment. Follow the line you have just drawn and cut a line using the Dremel.
- Do not press too hard at first; let the Dremel to the work. (If you apply too much pressure, you may break the cutting piece.)
- Once the line has been cut roughly, you can go back over the line with the Dremel to clean up any edges.
- Test the wood with a small piece of paper (such as a business card or index card) and set it in the cut of each wood piece. If the paper is tilted you know you need to cut a little more.
- Once you are finished cutting, rinse and dry all the wood chunks.
- Now you are ready to use the card holders!