Valentine’s Day Napkin Fold and Placecards

February 12, 2020

Valentine's Day Napkin Fold and Placecards

Do you love love?  Why not add a little extra love into your place settings for Valentine’s Day? 
This year, we are having a small gathering of friends over for Valentine’s Day dinner, so I wanted to make a special table preparation with a fun and simple napkin fold and placecard.

The placecard design is a manipulated Lori Whitlock box card design, purchased from her website here: 
https://shop.loriwhitlock.com/box-card-valentine-truck-back-end/
You can see when you open the link, the original card design has an XOXO on the back of the truck, and I removed that and made space instead for the names of our guest.  Finally, the design gets miniaturized, assembled, and multiplied!

Construction on these guys wasn’t too bad.  The first one took the longest, somewhere around 10 minutes, but the remaining 5 I did much faster and I think I was finished with those in about 30 mins total.  Video tutorial for adjusting the box card into a placecard, and for assembly is available here:

 

Finally, I wanted to do a fun napkin fold for the table.  In my opinion, napkin folding is an under-utilized entertainment art form. 🙂  Guests tend to be really impressed, and it typically doesn’t take that much time.  I did a really simple heart napkin fold, which comes together in just under a minute (although the video tutorial is a little longer than that because I stopped to explain, etc.).  It’s a quick watch, and I mostly managed to keep my head out of the way while filming 🙂 

Items used in this project are linked for you below. 
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Cricut machine (if you are new to Cricut, you will want the bundle so you get all the tools and mats and goodies!) 
Cricut paper: The red paper and the black wheel paper are both Cricut cardstock, available here.
The silver paper for the bumper and tail lights is Cricut pearl paper, available here.
The red sparkle paper used for the license plate holder is Cricut shimmer paper, available here.
The Cricut black pen 0.4mm was used to write the names on the placecards.
Pick up stick for tiny paper pieces.
My favorite glue used for almost all of my projects.
Cats Eye chalk ink.
Red bling used for tail lights / Clear bling used for rear view mirrors.

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Thanks for joining me today, and until I see you again, do what makes you happy.

Love, Amanda

30 Second Christmas Candle Napkin Fold

December 31, 2019

Got 30 Seconds? Fold a napkin into the shape of a candle...

 

It’s easy to feel like you don’t have time to do something “frivolous”, especially during the holidays when a hundred other things all need to be done at the same time, but this adorable napkin fold literally took me 30 seconds.  I typically try to pull off a cute napkin fold for the holidays, and I’m also typically planning ahead well enough that I don’t need to worry too much about last minute folds…but this year, that didn’t happen.  It was Christmas DAY, and I was frantically ironing my napkins trying to think of what might be an easy fold.  I’ve done trees, and elf booties (look for future blog posts on those!) but didn’t think I had time for either.  I pulled out a book my son got me about 4 years ago, and it’s become kind of my bible for napkin folds.  Even if I can’t find a fold that I like, I often find a technique that helps me make my own easier adjustment.  In this case, I just followed the instructions, and voila! 

Once I realized how easy it was, I ran up to the filming studio and filmed for 3.5 minutes and folded 2 napkins while stammering a little along the way.  So, rest assured, I didn’t spend hours and hours practicing my napkin fold so I could perform on camera…this is an easy one.  I literally ran out of the kitchen (if you listen closely in the video, you can hear my husband moving dishes around while cooking Christmas dinner).   This is definitely a post that lends itself better to a visual tutorial, so watching the video below is probably your easiest bet! 

 Until next time, do what makes you happy.

Love,
Amanda 

I'm Amanda, and I put the AMANDA in A MANDAtory Activity (and I like a good bad pun). This blog is a focused on baking and crafting for gatherings and gifts! I LOVE making things a little extra special and I love sharing those ideas with you. Have a look around, or read more here.

Amanda

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