Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Place Card Holders

This Spring I bought an old mirror at a flea market along side of the road.  Two old white porcelain door knobs were screwed onto the bottom of it.  I think it must have been leaning up against something at it's former home.  Anyway...I knew the door knobs would be coming off, but I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them.  Then I remembered that somewhere online, quite some time ago, I saw the idea to use knobs to hold a card.  It could be a place card, a card on a buffet table with the name of the dish being served, a menu card, to display special cards given as gifts, or a collection of vintage post cards.  It really is up to your imagination.

I simply wrapped some wire around a large permanent marker to make the slot for the card, and then twisted the two ends together all the way down.  I put some glue into the hole on the door knob (hubby removed the big screws), and stuck the wire down in the hole.  I left it to try for 24 hours.

Then they needed some simple "dressing up".  The colors of ribbon can be as interchangeable as the colors of your table and dishes.  

Before I could even get this post ready, I saw another idea for using S & P shakers for the same job!  Now if the color of my S & P shakers bothers you, you can imagine them to be a bright shiny silver.  I'm sure they were at some point in time.  However, I kind of like the...shall we say "tarnished look".  Oh yeah, definitely tarnished!!!

I made the wire card holder the same as the one for the door knob.  Then I poked both ends of the wire into a hole on the top of the S & P shaker and twisted them together inside the cap.  

A great way to dress up your table for the holidays!


  1. Very cute idea, and reusing is a good thing. thanks for sharing with us.

  2. What a cute idea! I have to try this!

  3. I like the s&p shakers - just the way they are! They're not tarnished, they're antiqued :)


  4. I love these ideas! Thanks for sharing them.

  5. These are both such cute ideas -- I just love the knob ones though and how you added the ribbon!

  6. Hi Tanya,

    Great ideas, love that you can change them up for any season or special occasion...
    I love the tarnished look, a natural patina for silver. Your S&P shakers are lovely!
    All the Best,

  7. Oh, I love this idea! What a great way to repurpose something!

  8. That is such a clever idea. How fun. Thanks so much for joining TTT and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, marty

  9. Great idea! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

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