These easy to make wedding guest photo placemats are the perfect whimsical touch to any wedding party! Your wedding reception is a time to let your hair down a little and have some fun. So, get creative with this unique and fun addition to your wedding reception tables! Your guest will love them. They certainly will be the start of many a conversation. Best of your entire wedding guest will feel important and know how special they are to you.
You can ask all of your guests to mail a funny photo of their face back when they RSVP for your wedding. Give them guidelines, like, make sure it includes your shoulders and head. This simple wedding guest photo placemat can also be used an unconventional wedding favor. Let your wedding guests take home their own personalized placemat and they can use it for years to come!
I am always looking for fun new craft projects to make out of photographs This simple wedding guest place mat craft allows you to use new or old photos to make craft without ruining them.
To Make This simple Wedding Reception Guest Photo Place Mat You Will Need:
1 Photo (Make a Place mat for each Wedding Reception Guest)
A trip to Kinko’s
Any other craft materials you choose
The first step is to take your Wedding Reception Guest photos to Kinko’s a have them blown up to place mat size. I find that 12 inches by 20 inches is a great size. This shape works great for horizontal shaped Wedding Reception Guest photos, but you can also easily make it with vertical Family photos.
Ok, so now that you have the basic shape of your Wedding Reception Guest photo dinner placemat you need to start decorating it. Now, so many of the vintage and new photos already look great how they are, but when blown up might need a little more decorating.
You want to have a cohesive look throughout your wedding reception, so try having all the photos copied in black and white or sepia. New and old photos can blend on one table at your wedding reception this way. Take some watercolor paint or even some acrylic paint that has been watered down. Paint on highlighted areas on the photo. For instance, you could lightly fill in the lips pink and leave the rest of the photo black and white.
Now, when decorating your wedding reception placemats, how colorful you want to get is up to you. You can use all of these decorating ideas or even just one of them.
I like to use glittery paint pens to outline words or even images. Use paint pens in gold, silver, or almost any color to enhance the photo.
You could also run a bead of glue around words and images. Sprinkle on some glitter, and then knock off the excess.
You can also use the paint pens to write wedding guest’s names on their own placemat.
You could also paint in the eye color or hair color on a photograph.
Now, once all of your paint and glitter had dried you need to laminate the wedding reception guest photo placemat. I do not own a laminating machine, but you can always take anything to Kinko’s to be laminated.
Now, you can have them laminate about one inch out around the photocopied wedding reception guest photos.
Take your pinking sheers and cut a great looking decorative border on the wedding reception guest photos placemat.
If you do not own pinking sheers then try buying some 3-inch wide ribbon. Cut it so you can outline your placemat with it. Simply run a bead of glue along one edge of the ribbon. Press the ribbon into place onto of the dinner placemat. Leave half of it hanging over the edge. Now, flip the entire thing over. Run another bead of glue along the edge and pres it down on the back.
This will keep your laminated plastic together longer!