DIY Holiday Place Cards

Every year when we get ready to set the table for our holiday dinner, the kids always love to be involved. This time, we gave them an extra special task, to create DIY holiday table decorations – in this case, holiday place cards! They were very excited and took the task very seriously. This was such a fun holiday craft for all of the cousins to make together with the Creative Expressions Bonus Box! The best part about this activity is that each child can be as creative as they want. Who doesn’t love holiday crafts for all ages!?

Time Duration: 1 hour (up to 24 hours for clay to dry)  

Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate 

OOLY Products Needed

Other Items Needed (optional): 

  • Sticker Gems 
  • Pipe Cleaners 
  • Googly Eyes 
  • Scissors (adult supervision required)


Table with arts and crafts supplies such as sketchbook, stickers, pipecleaners, markers, and clay

Step 1: Grab your supplies! Start with OOLY’s Creatibles DIY Air Dry Clay Kit, once you have your theme (think reindeers, snowmen, trees, penguins!) gather your supplemental crafting supplies and it’s time to get started.

Girl standing at table playing with colorful clay

Step 2: Begin by molding the clay into the holiday theme of your choice, this will be the base of the card holder. This clay was so easy to work with and the utensils that came in the kit helped to carve out the small details.

Gingerbread man made out of clary with googly eyes and gems alongside arts and crafts supplies
Christmas tree with gems sitting on a table with ooly creatibles air dry clay

Step 3: Next, while the clay is still moldable, have the children add details to their creations using sticker gems, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners – whatever they want to bring their holiday ideas to life!

Green christmas tree made out of clay with gems stickers and more clay

Step 4: Using the utensil from the Creatibles DIY Air Dry Clay Kit, make a small slit on the top of each base for the name card to be placed. Let the designed clay sit overnight to dry.  Note: we recommend an adult making the small slit in the clay to ensure that the name card will sit flush in the clay once dried.

Ooly stamp-a-doodle stamp markers and name cards on a table

Step 5: Using your White DIY Cover Sketchbook cut 2” x 1” cards to use as the name cards. We then used Stamp-a-Doodle Double-Ended Markers  and the Stickiville Rainbow Letters Stickers to create the names for each base of the place card.

Yellow clay star holding grandpa name card in front of holiday place settings on a table

Step 6: After your designed clay holders have dried overnight, insert the name card in the top slit and VOILA! you have the perfect holiday name place card holder.

This was probably one of my most favorite holiday crafts we’ve ever done! They turned out so cute at the holiday table and the children were very proud of their hard work especially after receiving so many compliments on their creativity. We hope you enjoy this craft as much as we do!

– Craft blog by Danitzia Singh, @themomtessorilife on Instagram.

We would love to see photos of your craft projects! Tag us on Instagram at @WeAreOOLY using #OOLYcreateyourhappy.

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