DIY love-struck place cards

February 2, 2012 | DIY

I’ve got a quick little DIY for you today in the form of some Valentines name cards! I thought they could be fun if you were having a Valentines Day themed dinner party, a kids party, or just wanted something cute to leave on our loved one’s pillow. I hope you like them!

You’ll need:

Medium weight cardboard
Modeling clay (oven bake)

Step 1: Firstly, you’ll need to make your arrows.. using this template (if you like) cut some arrows out of your cardboard. Depending on the thickness of your cardboard, you may need to glue two arrows together to make it stronger.

Step 2: Paint/decorate your arrows. I wrote names on mine because they’ll be placed on a table, but you could write whatever you like!

Step 3: Put your arrows aside to dry. Take a ball of modeling clay and shape it into a heart, keeping the base of it flat on the table. I made mine a bit beveled, but you could also push shapes into it, etch a pattern into it.. anything really!

Step 4: Once you’ve finished, and just before baking, push the tip of one of your arrows into the clay so it’s sticking out at the angle you’d like it. Take the arrow out and bake your clay according to the instructions.

Step 5: Wait for the clay to cool, push your arrow into the groove you made in the heart, and you’re done! Bravo!

Note: You may notice that I’ve actually painted my gold heart. I did this after baking the clay (I didn’t like the colour of the clay much), but I quickly found out that the paint scratches off quite easily. Therefore, I would recommend choosing the right clay colour from the start.. instead of trying to paint it later :)


  1. amazing! so clever & sweet! thank you for sharing!

  2. very cute! great idea to use the clay to make little shapes :)

  3. This is a seriously cute DIY. Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to make them with my kids.

  4. So clever! Neat placemats, too!

  5. LOVE the placemat-napkin-place card combo. So bright and adorable!

  6. So adorable! Already spotted it on Pinterest. :)

  7. This is so darn adorable! I love how it doubles as a favor too!

  8. Claire you are so crafty and clever. Great DIY. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Just came across these via Aesthetic Outburst. Wow! So cute and simple. Lovely job!!

  10. Natalie Benz

    Love the placements! Did you make them? If so out of what?

    • ffadmin

      Hey Natalie! They’re just some pieces of my screen printed paper! I was thinking I might laminate some to make them more durable.. :)

  11. This is an adorable idea! I’m doing a Hunger Games Party for my daughter and think these would be cute for that too (minus the heart–maybe I’ll just put them at the place setting)

  12. O.M.G!! So adorable and I love that my name is on one of them :)
    Gotta blog about this! I hope you don’t mind!

  13. Hi Claire, I just came across these and I love them! I was doing some work with oven bake clay last week which you can see here I painted the clay too (although I ended up using nail polish) but I sanded it before-hand to roughen up the surface. The only way the paint is coming off my pieces is with acetone! Try a light sanding and I bet your gold paint would adhere better.

    • ffadmin

      Great idea jen, thank you! I didn’t even think to sand them, or use nail polish.. both would definitely work better! :)

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