DIY Drawer Knob Place Card Holders


It’s been awhile since I last posted a DIY project of my own, so over the weekend I put together some cute place card holders that would be perfect for Thanksgiving or any party you’re planning to throw. I love place cards--they alleviate that awkward moment when you don’t where to sit, and they look super cute while they’re at it.  I think this idea is fun because it uses an item you already have in your house, but in an unexpected way: drawer knobs! I absolutely love cute, decorative knobs, and I always want to buy more when I see them on sale…but it feels kind of silly to buy knobs without a piece of furniture to use them on. Now, I have a reason!! Alternatively, if you don’t want an excuse to go out and buy a bunch of cute knobs, you could take some off the dresser in your bedroom (or any piece of furniture that won’t be seen during the party) and just replace them afterward. Then you literally wouldn’t have to buy a thing!

DIY drawer knob place card holders

Heres what you will need (its pretty much the easiest DIY ever): a hole punch, knobs, and cardstock.

Easy DIY place card holders

Cut the cardstock to the desired size (I made mine 3 x 3.5”). Punch a hole at the bottom and write the names on each card.

DIY place card holders using drawer knobs

Slip the drawer knob’s post through the hole, then screw the nut in place so it holds the card tight.

Drawer knob place cards

Voila! Now your place cards can stand upright and they look all fancy. 5 minutes, and with supplies that I bet you already have at home. If you don’t already have a collection of cute knobs, you can find tons of options at Anthropologie, World Market, or even Hobby Lobby.

Place card holders made using cute drawer knobs

Oh, and the cute napkins in these photos? They were sent to my by Artsy Modern. If you’ve never checked out their shop before, you’ve got to head over there. So much cute stuff, I want it all!!

Do you use place cards for dinner parties? Are you a knob-a-holic like myself? And how was your weekend? I have so many questions for you...

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  1. Posted by Abigail Hoppen on Monday, November 18th, 2013

    What a great idea! I might use this for my Thanksgiving table.

    What do you use to create such amazing place cards? Do you hand write all the names? If so I'm so jealous of that talent!

    xxoo abby
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, November 18th, 2013

      Hi Abigail! Yes, I hand-wrote those names, but you could totally print them and cut the cardstock up afterward. For a list of some of my favorite (free!) fonts, check out these two posts:
  2. Posted by Manuela//CottonFlower on Monday, November 18th, 2013

    Hi Aileen! I absolutely loved this!!! So ridiculously easy!!!

    I'm for sure gonna make this at my place:)

    Have a great day!

    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, November 18th, 2013

      Yay! Thanks, have a great day too :)
  3. Posted by Laicie / A Thousand Threads on Monday, November 18th, 2013

    Oh my gosh yes!! So brilliant for so many reasons. I want to buy every pretty knob I see... anthro kills me with their pretty knobs. But I never have anywhere to put them. This is perfect!
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, November 18th, 2013

      Thank you! Glad to give you an excuse to knob shop :)
  4. Posted by Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on Monday, November 18th, 2013

    I love these -- so cute & unexpected!
  5. Posted by Debbie on Monday, November 18th, 2013

    Love this! I am a Knob-a-holic, we use place cards for thanksgiving. Sometimes when I have a large crowd for a meal where it matters who sits where. We had a great weekend! ;)
  6. Posted by Erika Lee Sears on Monday, November 18th, 2013

    how adorable and I think it adds a special something to the table.
  7. Posted by Van on Monday, November 18th, 2013

    So cute! I've never actually had a fancy at-the-table type of Thanksgiving but this would be fun to do. :)
  8. Posted by Kerry on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

    What a fun idea! Love it